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Figo feted

Real Madrid trounces Oviedo 4-0, leads Valencia by three

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Posted: Sunday January 14, 2001 2:28 PM
Updated: Sunday January 14, 2001 6:59 PM

  Luis Figo, Pedro Munitus Real Madrid's Luis Figo (left) congratulates Pedro Munitus on his goal. AP

MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Real Madrid romped to its eighth consecutive victory on Sunday, sinking Oviedo 4-0 to stretch its lead over Valencia to three points at the top of the Spanish first division.

Madrid now has 38 points from a 12-2-3 record.

Sunday's match was preceded by a special presentation of the European Golden Ball award to Luis Figo. Figo was congratulated on the field by soccer legends Eusebio, Bobby Charlton and Alfredo Di Stefano, as well as FIFA chief Joseph Blatter.

Figo demonstrated his sparkling form by side-footing Madrid's first goal in the 15th minute on a cross into the area from Fernando Morientes. Morientes got the second goal in the 55th minute and Pedro Munitis slapped in the third in the 70th.

Second-half substitute Steve McManaman netted the final goal with a superb strike in the 85th minute, his first for the side this season.

About 18 yards (meters) out, McManaman leapt to connect his right foot with a lobbing cross from Roberto Carlos and blasted the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The crowd of 70,000 at the Santiago Bernabeu was ecstatic and began waving white handkerchiefs in celebration.

On Saturday, Valencia lost the leader's position, falling 2-0 to defending champion Deportivo. Also Saturday, FC Barcelona sank Oviedo 3-1.

Other 18th round results were: Real Sociedad 0, Athletic de Bilbao 2; Racing de Santander 0, Malaga 1; Mallorca 4, Alaves 3; Numancia 0, Rayo Vallecano 2; Las Palmas 1, Espanyol 0; Villarreal 2, Celta 0; and Zaragoza 4, Osasuna 2.

Real Sociedad 0, Athletic de Bilbao 2

In San Sebastian, Spanish international Joseba Etxeberria gave visiting Athletic the lead in the Basque regional derby with a goal in the 37th minute. Etxeberria got his second 10 minutes from the whistle.

Mid-ranking Bilbao now has 23 points while John Toshack's Sociedad stays bottom-placed with 13.

Racing de Santander 0, Malaga 1

In Santander, Malaga won with an 11th-minute goal from Manuel Canabal. The side now lies in seventh place with 27 points while Racing is second to last with 14 points.

Mallorca 4, Alaves 3

In Palma de Mallorca, Argentine Ariel Ibagassa scored two goals to help Mallorca defeat Alaves. Marcos Martin de La Fuente put Mallorca ahead in the 26th minute but Alaves tallied with a goal from Yugoslav Dordje Tomic in the 61st. Ibagassa got his first in the 71st and then a second in the 80th. Alvaro Novo made it 4-1 two minutes later.

League leading scorer Javier Moreno raised hopes for Alaves, scoring two goals in the final minutes, in the 87th and 89th.

Mallorca is at No. 5 with 30 points while Alaves has 24.

Numancia 0, Rayo Vallecano 2

In Soria, German midfielder Gerhard Poschner scored for Rayo four minutes into the game while Luis Cembranos knocked in No. 2 in the 80th minute.

Numancia is third from last with 16 points and Rayo is at No. 6 with 28 points.

Las Palmas 1, Espanyol 0

Eloy Jimenez fired in Las Palmas' goal in the 27th minute. Las Palmas now has 27 points and Espanyol has 21.

Villarreal 2, Celta 0

In Castellon, Unai Bergara slotted one in for Villarreal in the 32nd minute and Moises Garcia snatched a second in the 22nd. Villarreal, now in the top 10 has 26 points and Celta, at No. 16 has 19 points.

Zaragoza 4, Osasuna 2

In Zaragoza, 23-year-old Cesar Jimenez debuted in the Spanish first division in style, scoring for the homeside in the eighth minute. Jose Ignacio Saenz got the second eight minutes later while Juanele Castano made it 3-0 in the 25th.

Osasuna fought back and Alfredo Sanchez netted one in the 30th while Ivan Rosado got the team's second two minutes later. However, Argentine Juan Esnaider gave Zaragoza its fourth goal in the 65th minute from a penalty.

Mid-table Zaragoza has 23 points and No. 17 Osasuna stays with 16.

In the Spanish second division, Sevilla extended its lead at the top to four points at the weekend after local rival Real Betis slipped up.

Sevilla's 3-0 home win against Extremadura on Saturday left the team on 40 points, with Betis four behind on 36 after it could manage no better than a 1-1 draw at Recreativo Huelva on Sunday.

Tenerife was in the third promotion slot a point further back after a 1-1 draw at Lleida.

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