Mon, Oct 20, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Deportivo heads Spanish League after solid victory

AP , MADRID, SPAIN

Spanish internationals Albert Luque and Sergio Gonzalez scored a goal each Saturday as Deportivo de La Coruna beat FC Barcelona 2-0 and moved to the top of the Spanish league.

Earlier, Brazilian stars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos each scored as Real Madrid comfortably edged Celta de Vigo 2-0. In another game, Albacete defeated Real Sociedad 3-1.

Deportivo has 18 points from seven matches, while Real Madrid has 16 points from seven. Valencia is next with 16 points from six matches, just ahead of Osasuna with 11 points from six.

The match was preceded by a minute's silence for Deportivo fan Manuel Rios, who was killed at a Copa del Rey match on Oct. 8. Rios received a karate kick as he was trying to prevent other Deportivo fans from attacking a teenage follower of Compostela.

Ronaldo got his sixth goal of the season -- taking him level with the league's leading scorer Pandiani -- as Madrid chalked up its fifth victory of the season and leave a disappointing Celta has just one win in seven games.

After dominating the early stages, Madrid took a deserved lead with a flowing counterattack in the 24th minute.

Zinedine Zidane found Luis Figo on the right with a long ball from the halfway line and the Portuguese midfielder quickly sent his pass onto Ronaldo, who made no mistake with a crisp shot.

The goal marked a happy return to Vigo for the Brazilian as he scored the only goal of the corresponding match between the teams last season.

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