BARCA WIN BUT REAL HELD
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Patrick Kluivert gave the Catalans the lead on the half hour and the home side never really threatened Carles Rexach's promising team.
Midfield starlet Xavi made it 2-0 with a quarter of an hour to go and Sociedad's fate was sealed when Loren was sent off for a bad foul with 11 minutes to go.
Real Madrid came unstuck when Mexican international Cuauhtemoc Blanco equalised two minutes from time to give Valladolid a superb 2-2 draw in Santiago Bernabeu.
French star Zinedine Zidane got the opening goal after just four minutes, but the Madrid faithful were shocked when Fernando equalised less than sixty seconds later.
Spanish international Raul put the home side back infront in the 19th minute, but the capital side were unconvincing, and with the visitors pushing forward in the final moments, Real's defences were once again breeched with just two minutes on the clock through the enigmatic Cuauhtemoc.
Julen Guerrero celebrated his 300th La Liga game for Athletic Bilbao with the opening goal away at Malaga.
Guerrero scored after 12 minutes and the Basque side wrapped things up through another of their long-term stalwarts, Joseba Etxeberria, eleven minutes from time.
A late consolation from Kizito Musampa gave Malaga a way back into the game, but Mikel Roteta's sending off in injury time saw Athletic run out 2-1 winners.
Crisis team Rayo Vallecano slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Barcelona, as Espanyol, another team in poor form finally hit the right note.
Both teams had gone into the game with internal disputes hanging over their heads, Raul Tamudo complaining of directors criticising the team, whilst Andoni Goikoetxea was in danger of losing control of his squad with the accusations surrounding an informer in the team destroying morale.
Whichever side struck first would have some of their shattered confidence restored and it was Espanyol that opened the scoring in the 24th minute through Juan Francisco Palencia.
Midfielder Toni Velamazan made it 2-0, seven minutes into the second half and although Alberto Lopo put through his own net with a quarter of an hour remaining, Uruguayan striker Enrique De Lucas concluded the scoring, five minutes from time.
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