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Ruud nets hat trick for Madrid

GOAL MACHINE The former Manchester United star missed a penalty but still netted three times for his new club as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over nine-man Levante

AP , MADRID

Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, center, celebrates with his teammates David Beckham, left, and Michel Salgado after scoring against Levante during their Spanish First Division match at the Ciudad de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, on Sunday.

PHOTO: EPA

Spanish LeagueRuud van Nistelrooy scored his first three Spanish league goals on Sunday and also missed a penalty in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over newly promoted Levante.

Van Nistelrooy, who made a 16 million euro (US$20.3 million) move from Manchester United in July, put Madrid on its way to its first victory of the new season with a 16th-minute shot from the edge of the area at Levante.

Antonio Cassano added a second goal 11 minutes later before Levante midfielder Felix Ettien reduced the deficit in the 36th.

Van Nistelrooy restored Madrid's two-goal cushion in the 57th minute and completed his hat trick in injury time to give Madrid four points from its first two matches.

Sevilla and Getafe maintained their perfect records. Sevilla won 3-1 at Real Sociedad, while Getafe edged Racing Santander 1-0.

Sevilla leads the standings after two games, ahead of defending champion FC Barcelona, Getafe and Valencia on goal difference. On Saturday, Barcelona downed Osasuna 3-0, while Valencia won 1-0 at Atletico Madrid.

Also on Sunday, it was: Mallorca 0, Deportivo 0; Gimnastic Tarragona 1, Celta Vigo 2; Villarreal 0, Recreativo Huelva 1; and Real Betis 3, Athletic Bilbao 0; Zaragoza 3, Espanyol 0.

Premier League

Bobby Zamora scored a second-half goal on Sunday to give West Ham a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

It was West Ham's first match since the arrival of Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. Tevez came on as a substitute in the 61st minute, but Mascherano stayed on the bench.

Zamora, the league's leading scorer with five goals, deflected Paul Konchesky's powerful header from outside the area past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen in the 52nd minute.

Liam Ridgewell gave Villa the lead in the fourth minute after West Ham goalkeeper Roy Carroll saved Gareth Barry's header but left the rebound waiting on the goal line for the easy tap in.

Tevez, who came on for Marlon Harewood, showed his ability in the 76th minute as he burst down the left flank and dribbled past Olof Mellberg before losing possession.

Villa was unlucky to leave with a draw after Stilian Petrov -- making his debut for Villa -- beat Carroll with a chip in the 54th that was acrobatically cleared off the line by defender Tyrone Mears.

French LeagueSenegalese striker Mamadou Niang drew two penalties and converted one while Franck Ribery had two assists as Marseille beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 on Sunday to put them back on top of the French first division.

The victory gave Marseille 13 points after five rounds and moved it back in front of defending champion Lyon on goal difference. Lyon beat Troyes 2-0 on Saturday.

Also on Sunday, ten-man Toulouse rallied for a 2-2 draw with Nancy.

Niang started early, getting fouled by Mario Yepes in the sixth minute. Niang had to convert the penalty twice after the referee ruled a Marseille player had encroached.

Niang gave the advantage away in the 20th, pulling Sammy Traore's arm to hand PSG a penalty that Pedro Pauleta converted on his second attempt. Pauleta put the first off the post but was awarded a second try for encroachment.

Ribery provided the difference in the second half, beating Traore on the left flank before sending a ball to Niang, who again was brought down in the area by Yepes.

Samir Nasri converted the subsequent penalty kick in the 66th, and Ribery beat the PSG defense again for the insurance in the 89th, dribbling past defender Bernard Mendy to feed Mickael Pagis for the close-range finish.

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