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Real extend La Liga advantage after thrashing Valencia


Raul Gonzalez scored 40 seconds after the opening kickoff and Real Madrid routed Valencia 5-1 on Wednesday to extend their lead atop the Spanish league.

Ruud van Nistelrooy scored twice, Robinho set up two and scored one while Sergio Ramos added his third of the season to enable Madrid to dominate Valencia at the Mestalla.

It was Valencia's worst loss at home since a 5-1 drubbing by Athletic Bilbao in 1933.

"It was a very nice half. It's a first half worth watching many more times," Madrid president Ramon Calderon said.

Madrid improved to 25 points, four better than Villarreal, who beat last-placed Levante 3-0.

Also on Wednesday, it was Zaragoza 1, Almeria 0; Osasuna 3, Real Betis 0; Deportivo La Coruna 1, Mallorca 1; Getafe 2, Athletic Bilbao 0; and Recreativo Huelva 0, Racing Santander 0.

In a late match, substitute Jose Manuel Jurado scored his first with Atletico in injury time to secure the Madrid side's 4-3 victory over Sevilla.

After receiving a no-look pass from Robinho, Raul curled a shot beyond Timo Hildebrand to begin Madrid's rout.

Van Nistelrooy eluded defender Ivan Helguera in the 25th to reach Raul's flick-on, looping it over the rushing Hildebrand as Madrid dominated. Three minutes later Christoph Metzelder volleyed over the bar from point-blank range.

Ramos curled his shot from a tight angle on the right inside the far post in the 30th, six minutes before Van Nistelrooy tipped in Robinho's pass across the face of the goal.

Miguel Angel Angulo struck back for the hosts in the 59th, but Robinho quickly erased that with his low blast six minutes later. Robinho might have had another in the 85th but Raul Albiol received a red card after holding the Brazil forward from going in alone.

Reserve team coach Oscar Hernandez led Valencia, with Ronald Koeman set to take over for the fired Quique Sanchez Flores after PSV Eindhoven released the Dutchman earlier on Wednesday.

Jurado's goal gave Atletico a 4-2 lead, insurance that paid off when Luis Fabiano scored his second for Sevilla shortly thereafter.

Maniche put Atletico ahead in the second minute before Fabiano equalized in the 15th. Atletico reclaimed the lead two minutes later, Sergio Aguero heading in for his sixth of the season.

But Ze Castro headed a clearance into his own goal in the 45th to level it again before Maxi Rodriguez put Atletico back ahead in the 70th with a stunning goal.

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