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Real Madrid crush Osasuna 7-1

11-07-2011 09:44 BJT

MADRID, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid suffered no ill effects from the first ever midday kick off at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium as they crushed Osasuna 7-1 in matchday 11 of the BBVA Primera Liga.

Osasuna had kicked off the day eighth in the table, but the side coached by Jose Luis Mendilibar had previously lost 8-0 away to Barcelona and with nine players injured, the side from Pamplona was unable to offer much resistance to a Madrid side that steamrollered them off the park.

Winger Angel De Maria, who later left the field with a hamstring injury set up the first three goals with crosses for Cristano Ronaldo, Pepe and a neat pass for Gonzalo Higuain.

Ronaldo added his second from the penalty spot as Osasuna had youngster Eneko sent off, before Ronaldo finished his hat-trick and substitute Karim Benzema scored twice to end the rout.

The win allowed Madrid to open their lead over FC Barcelona after Barcelona drew an epic encounter 2-2 away to Athletic Club Bilbao.

Leo Messi scored an injury time to goal save his side on a rain-soaked San Mames Stadium. Athletic had twice taken the lead thanks to Andre Herrera and Fernando Llorente, but Messi's goal and a header from Cesc Fabrigas ensured the points were shared.

Barcelona have not lost in 24 matches, while Athletic are now unbeaten in 10.

Sunday's other matches saw a dull 0-0 draw between Granada and Racing Santander, while Espanyol and Villarreal also failed to trouble the scorers in Cornella El-Prat.

Meanwhile Rayo Vallecano beat Real Sociedad 4-0 in Vallecas. Real Sociedad were down to 10 men after Inigo Martinez was sent off for committing a penalty after just 10 minutes.

Piti scored the penalty, while Michu scored twice and Trashorras added a fourth in what turned into a comfortable win against a rival that slips into the relegation zone.

There were also four goals in Zaragoza as a late equalizer from Helder Postiga gave Zaragoza a point after two David Barral goals had looked as if they would give Sporting Gijon a valuable away win.

Saturday night saw Valencia move into third place after winning the Valencia city derby 0-2 away to local rivals Levante.

The win sees Valencia leapfrog Levante, who have now lost their last two matches after a nine-game unbeaten start to the campaign.

Jordi Alba opened the scoring after 30 minutes and Costa's free kick, which was horribly misjudged by Levante keeper Gustavo Munua, just four minutes after halftime doubled Valencia's lead.

Levante threw everything at Valencia for the rest of the game, but were unable to break down a well marshalled defense in which Adil Rami and Victor Ruiz were outstanding.

The day kicked off with Mallorca and Sevilla drawing 0-0 in a rain lashed Iberostar Stadium in Mallorca., while Betis ended a six game losing streak with a 0-0 draw at home to Malaga. Betis deserved more from a poor match than their rivals, but can at least take consolation that they have taken their first point in seven matches.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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