Sat, Sep 25, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Barcelona defeats Zaragoza 4-1

AP , MADRID, SPAIN

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o struck twice to rally Barcelona to a 4-1 victory over Zaragoza and climbed to second place in the Spanish standings after four rounds.

Midfielder Xavi Hernandez and substitute Giovanni van Bronckhorst also scored at the Camp Nou to help Barcelona remain unbeaten at 3-1-0 and end Zaragoza's unbeaten streak.

The victory gave Barcelona 10 points, equal with defending champion Valencia but behind on goals scored. Real Madrid is third with nine points. Espanyol, Atletico, Osasuna, Malaga, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Levante all have seven. Barcelona, a 16-time league champion which finished sixth in 2003 -- its worst showing in 15 years -- and hasn't won a title in five years, recoved Thursday after an unlucky start.

Coach Frank Rijkaard was forced to make two substitutions in the first 10 minutes after losing left back Sylvinho and then right back Gabri Garcia because of injuries.

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