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Valencia moves top after 1-1 at Recreativo

Valencia moves top after 1-1 at Recreativo

Valencia confirmed its best Spanish league start Sunday after David Villa's second-half goal gave it a 1-1 draw at Valladolid to keep it at the top of the standings.
The Spain striker continued his incredible scoring run since a victorious European Championship campaign, putting a loose ball in at the near post in the 62nd minute after goalkeeper Asier Riesgo's reaction save of Juanma Mata's header.
Valencia leads with 20 points as it stayed unbeaten through eight rounds to lead by one point ahead of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, which beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2.
Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals for Madrid to win despite Athletic rallying from a two-goal deficit. FC Barcelona had demolished Almeria 5-0 on Saturday for the two Spanish giants to stay one point ahead of Villarreal and two up on Sevilla, which lost 1-0 to Malaga.
Atletico Madrid blew a two-goal advantage and then rallied with 10 men with two goals in the closing stages to snatch a 4-4 draw at Villarreal. Simao Sabrosa scored twice and set up the other two goals, including substitute Raul Garcia's 86th-minute equalizer.
At Recreativo, the hosts took a 47th-minute lead thanks to a swift counterattack. Javier Camunas took Javi Guerrero's pass inside the area and beat goalkeeper Renan with a high shot at the near post.
Joaquin Sanchez crossed to an unmarked Mata, but Riesgo saved his hard header. Two defenders failed to clear the bouncing ball as Villa, who led Euro 2008 with four goals, matched Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona for the league lead with nine goals.
Wesley Sneijder gave Madrid a 13th-minute lead at Santiago Bernabeu stadium with a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz from inside the area.
Higuain scored his first goal in the 29th after rolling a low shot beyond Iraizoz.
Athletic's Joseba Etxeberria shot past goalkeeper Iker Casillas six minutes later, and teammate Andoni Iraola converted a penalty after Gabriel Heinze fouled Fernando Llorente to close a temperamental first half that finished with the two coaches bickering with one another.
Madrid coach Bernd Schuster had benched Sergio Ramos after the Spain defender criticized the team's tactics on Saturday.
Madrid, the two-time defending champion, was back in front after Fernando Gago sent Higuain through for the winner in the 59th.
Athletic was reduced to 10 men in the 78th after Fernando Amorebieta was sent off.
Villarreal matched its biggest ever comeback by scoring three goals in 10 second-half minutes to lead 3-2, only for Atletico to rally and snap a three-game league losing streak.
Simao started the comeback by beating Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez with a low shot in the 84th. Two minutes later, Garcia headed Simao's free kick in at the far post with a goal that helped under-fire coach Javier Aguirre.
It had started well for Atletico, with Simao striking a wicked shot in the first minute that went in off the underside of the crossbar after Lopez just touched touched the ball.
Atletico's Diego Forlan scored his first goal against his former team in the 22nd. Diego Godin played Simao's centering pass into the path of the Uruguay striker, who beat Lopez at the short side with a fierce shot to make it 2-0.
Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna scored with a swerving drive in the 48th, 10 minutes after Atletico's Ever Banega was sent off.
Joseba Llorente, who scored a hat trick for Villarreal in midweek Champions League action, poked a through ball under goalkeeper Leo Franco to equalize in the 51st. Gonzalo Rodriguez volleyed in Robert Pires' pass in the 58th to put Villarreal 3-2 up.
Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi rounded a defender and Franco to score Villarreal's fourth in the 68th.
Sevilla, which endured its first defeat in 11 games in all competitions, would have joined Valencia on 20 points with a seventh straight victory on Sunday.
Adrian Lopez ended Andres Palop's club record scoreless streak at 511 minutes in the 16th when the Malaga striker coolly slotted a right-footed strike underneath the Sevilla goalkeeper to boost the newly promoted club into sixth.
In other results Sunday, it was: Numancia 2, Racing Santander 1; Mallorca 3, Espanyol 0; Deportivo La Coruna 0, Sporting Gijon 3; and Getafe 1 Valladolid 0.
Numancia moved out of last after Domingo Cisma's goal injury time goal gave the team its first victory since an opening day win over Barcelona.
Numancia led through Javier Barkero in the 26th before Mohammed Tchite's penalty made it 1-1 a minute before Cisma's winner.
David Barral scored one goal and set up another to lead Sporting Gijon to its third straight win and its first at El Riazor stadium.
Barral scored in the 22nd from the penalty spot. Four minutes later on a counterattack, he played a perfectly placed pass for Carmelo Gonzalez to slide the ball into an empty net. Diego Castro scored the third goal with a solo effort in the 85th.
Aritz Aduriz scored with two headers for Mallorca as Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni made several errors.
Aduriz headed into an open goal in the 48th after Kameni came out to claim the short cross. The Cameroon goalkeeper couldn't reach the Basque striker's second in the 60th, and was caught out by Fernando Varela's chip in the 76th.
Cata Diaz scored the winner for Getafe by heading past goalkeeper Segio Asenjo despite appearing to be offside.
Real Betis beat Osasuna 2-0 on Saturday and Sporting Gijon's subsequent victory dropped winless Osasuna into last place.


Updated : 2021-06-13 02:34 GMT+08:00