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Real Madrid beats Almeria 3-0 in Spanish league

Real Madrid beats Almeria 3-0 in Spanish league

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored two goals and Marcelo added another Sunday to give second-place Real Madrid a 3-0 win over Almeria in the Spanish league, the defending champion's 12th win in 13 matches.
The loss was a disappointment for Almeria's Hugo Sanchez, formerly one of Madrid's greatest strikers, who was making his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as a Spanish league coach.
Later Sunday, league leader Barcelona hosted Malaga, while Atletico Madrid visited Mallorca.
Also Sunday, it was: Racing Santander 0, Valencia 1; Deportivo La Coruna 1, Real Betis 1; Getafe 2, Recreativo Huelva 1; Osasuna 1, Espanyol 0; and Numancia 2, Sporting Gijon 1.
Third-place Sevilla beat Valladolid 4-1 Saturday, while Villarreal downed Athletic Bilbao 2-0.
Sanchez, who scored 207 goals in 283 matches for Madrid in the 1980s and 90s, was given a warm reception from Madrid supporters. On his only other visit to Madrid as a coach _ leading Mexican team Pumas UNAM in a friendly in 2004 _ his team won 1-0.
Sanchez, who was forced to omit top scorer Alvaro Negredo due to the terms of the striker's transfer from Madrid, watched as Marcelo seize a loose ball and scored the home team's first goal from outside the penalty area in the 24th minute.
Almeria battled hard for an equalizer and forced Madrid into several uncomfortable moments, which included an unusual yellow card for captain Raul Gonzalez for a sliding tackle on left back Mane Jimenez.
Marcelo, whose form has improved since coach Juande Ramos recently modified his position from defense to midfield, then angled a shot onto the bar in the 50th and saw his goalbound drive blocked by goalkeeper Diego Alves two minutes later.
However, Alves could do nothing to stop Huntelaar from volleying into the roof of the Almeria net from the resulting corner.
The Netherlands striker added another in the 66th when he sidefooted a volley home after Alves had blocked a shot by Arjen Robben.
Huntelaar's goals took his tally to eight since his transfer from Ajax at the end of last year.
Cash-strapped Valencia's victory at Santander was only its second in 11 league games.
Presenting a depleted team, which lacked injured Spain internationals David Villa, David Silva and suspended Carlos Marchena, Valencia was further set back when defender Alexis Ruano was sent off early in the second half.
However, substitute Juanma Mata scored in the 78th, five minutes after he took the field.
Santander midfielder Oscar Serrano spurned the chance for an equalizer when his injury-time penalty hit the Valencia crossbar.
Deportivo, which is winless in six games, got its opening goal from midfielder Joan Verdu in the ninth minute, with Betis striker Sergio Garcia leveling in the 33rd.
Beleaguered Getafe coach Victor Munoz gained some respite when his team beat Recreativo for its first win in eight games.
Cristian Maidana scored for Recreativo in the 47th, with Roberto Soldado scoring in the 64th and 66th.
Last-place Espanyol's problems worsened with a loss at fellow struggler Osasuna, with Javad Nekounam heading the winning goal in injury time.
Numancia eased its relegation fears with a hard-fought victory over Gijon.
Jose Javier Barkero's penalty handed Numancia the lead just before halftime, with David Barral leveling in the 47th. Asier Goiria then headed in the home team's winner in the 55th.
Numancia captain Juan Carlos Moreno was ejected in the 59th, with Gijon midfielder Carmelo Gonzalez receiving his red card in the 86th.


Updated : 2021-10-16 07:42 GMT+08:00