Real's Ronaldo scores twice in 5-2 win against AlavesPosted: Sunday October 06, 2002 12:08 PM
Updated: Sunday October 06, 2002 6:27 PM
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Brazilian striker Ronaldo came on as a substitute in the 64th minute Sunday and scored two goals in his debut as Real Madrid topped Alaves 5-2 in the Spanish league.
Greeted by rousing cheers from the 75,000 capacity crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the world's most famous striker replaced Javier Portillo -- 35 days after he joined the Spanish powerhouse from Inter Milan for 45 million euros (US$44 million) -- and netted his first goal just one minute later.
Ronaldo chested down Roberto Carlos's cross in the penalty area before crashing the ball home with his right foot.
Fourteen minutes later, the Brazilian grabbed his second goal with a low shot from the left for Madrid's fifth after playing a one-two with another substitute, Steve McManaman.
Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane accounted for the other three goals.
Zidane netted in the second minute while Figo converted a 32nd-minute penalty and added another in the 72nd.
Other fifth-round results Sunday: Valencia 0, Celta de Vigo 1; FC Barcelona 2, Osasuna 2; Deportivo de La Coruna 0, Racing de Santander 2; Real Sociedad 2, Valladolid 1; Malaga 3, Atletico de Madrid 1; Mallorca 2, Espanyol 0; Rayo Vallecano 2, Villarreal 2; and Sevilla 1, Real Betis 1.
Celta takes over at the top of the table with 13 points, ahead of Real Sociedad on goal difference. Malaga moves up to third with 11 points. Madrid is fourth with 10 points, level with Valencia.
Madrid has played a game less because its encounter at Betis two weeks ago was suspended after 44 minutes because of a power failure. The match will recommence Tuesday.
Ronaldo's brilliant appearance, his first since Brazil's exhibition game with Paraguay on Aug. 21, revitalized his teammates, who had been struggling despite taking a two-goal lead.
Madrid got off to a fine start despite the absences of injured strikers Raul Gonzalez and Fernando Morientes, and suspended rightback Michel Salgado.
After just 70 seconds, Zidane swept home majestically from the left of the area after cleverly eluding former Spanish international defender Abelardo Fernandez.
It was the French international's first league goal of the season.
Madrid extended its lead in fortunate fashion through Figo's penalty, but Alaves never lost heart and Brazilian striker Magno Mocelin reduced the deficit five minutes later.
Ronaldo and midfielder Santiago Solari appeared seconds after Ivan Alonso's penalty was saved by Iker Casillas, following a foul by Claude Makelele on Oscar Tellez.
The Brazilian's extraordinary two-goal blitz was punctuated by Figo's fourth goal from a pass by young rightback Oscar Minambres.
Alaves netted its second goal five minutes from time through Uruguayan international Ivan Alonso.
Ronaldo almost completed his hat-trick with the final kick of the game when he shot just wide from inside the penalty area.
The star striker's last Spanish league goal came in the colors of Madrid's archrival Barcelona in a 1-0 victory over Deportivo de La Coruna on May 24, 1997.
Celta goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero was the hero of his side's 1-0 victory, which lifted it to the top of the table and inflicted Valencia's first defeat of the season.
The Argentine saved penalties in the 41st and 80th minutes, both of which were taken by Spanish international midfielder Ruben Baraja.
Valencia's international goalkeeper Santiago Canizares, making the 250th league appearance of his career, fouled Argentine midfielder Eduardo Coudet for the game's third penalty in the final minute.
Spanish international Catanha also missed but Brazilian midfielder Vagner Rogerio followed up to bundle the ball home for the winning goal.
In an aggressive encounter, Celta received seven yellow cards while Valencia was issued three.
A below-par Barcelona drops to eighth place with a 2-2 draw at home to an Osasuna side which remains without a win this season.
Argentine midfielder Gerardo Rivero netted a second-minute goal for the away team, with Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta equalizing in the 39th.
Another Argentine midfielder, Leonel Gancedo, netted for Osasuna just before the break with Patrick Kluivert pulling the Catalan powerhouse level seconds later.
Real Betis's 1-1 draw at its crosstown rival Sevilla was marred by two violent incidents.
Media reports said that a security guard at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium was hospitalized after being attacked by a group of spectators just before kickoff, while in the eighth minute a fan ran onto the field and grappled with Betis goalkeeper Toni Prats before being detained.
Betis' Spanish international midfielder Joaquin Sanchez headed home in the 18th minute from a cross by Brazilian international Denilson.
Sevilla leveled in the 69th minute when Betis' international defender Juanito Gutierrez put through his own goal.
No. 7 Betis remains undefeated, while No. 14 Sevilla is still without a victory this season.
Elsewhere, top-scoring Sociedad moved up to second place and took its tally for the season to 15 with second-half goals from Nihat Kahveci and Valery Karpin in its 2-1 win over Valladolid, which scored through midfielder Gonzalo Colsa.
Malaga took its unbeaten record to 15 goals in all competitions with an emphatic 3-0 win over Atletico, which suffered its first league defeat.
The home side took the lead through a 44th-minute penalty by Panamanian striker Julio Cesar Dely Valdes.
Malaga's second came in the 65th minute when defender Fernando Sanz hit home after Dely Valdes's penalty had been saved by goalkeeper German Burgos, who had replaced the dismissed Esteban Suarez.
Midfielder Manu Sanchez added a third goal four minutes later.
Shortly after midfielders Emerson and Demetrio Albertini had made it three Atletico players to receive their marching orders, substitute Jose Mari Romero netted the consolation goal in injury time.
Deportivo slips to sixth place after slumping to a surprise home defeat to Santander, with a goal in each half by midfielder Javi Guerrero.
Mallorca beat Espanyol 2-0 through a 59th-minute goal by Colombian international defender Harold Lozano and a late penalty by Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o, playing his first match this season following a four-match suspension.
Rayo fought back to draw 2-2 with a strike by Jon Bolo Perez and a second-half penalty by Julio Alvarez after Villarreal had scored two goals in the 21st minute through Brazilian international defender Juliano Belletti and compatriot Marcos Senna.
Espanyol sinks to bottom-place, level with Recreativo de Huelva, with one point from five games.
On Saturday, Athletic Bilbao beat Recreativo 2-1, its first league victory of the season.
Two-goal Ronaldo warns best is yet to come
MADRID (Reuters) -- Ronaldo struck twice on his Real Madrid debut in a devastating 26-minute spell at the Bernabeu on Sunday but the Brazilian is warning his new club's rivals that the best is yet to come.
"I'm convinced I can contribute even more," the Brazilian World Cup winner said after helping Real to a 5-2 win over Alaves in the Spanish league.
"I just know I can do more. At the very least I'm going to give it everything.
"For the first five minutes it was difficult to get into the rhythm of the game but I finished in good shape. I wanted to carry on."
Ronaldo, signed for 45 million euros from Inter Milan before the start of the season, took just one minute to open his Real account after coming on midway through the second half.
He added a second goal 14 minutes later and came close to making it a hat-trick with the final kick of the game.
It was Ronaldo's first competitive match since scoring twice in Brazil's 2-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup final in Japan in June.
The 26-year-old, twice World Footballer of the Year, ran out with the roars of a 75,000 crowd in his ears and he left to a heart-felt standing ovation after helping to settle a game Real had been struggling to control.
"It was hard to watch from the bench but once I got on to the pitch I knew what to do," he said.
"I was really happy with the crowd and I think they were happy as well."
Ronaldo arrived at the European club champions with plenty of work still to do on his fitness after the long drawn-out negotiations over the move from Inter Milan disrupted his pre-season.
He was finally passed fit to join the Real squad on Saturday and coach Vicente del Bosque was clearly grateful to have got his debut out of the way.
"It's good for us that he's played now, so we won't have this anxiety over his first game surrounding us," Del Bosque said.
"I was always going to bring him on with 30 minutes or so to go, whatever the result. There were players who needed a rest.
"He's now in the squad and things have gone well for him.
He's won everyone over in the dressing room with his warmth."
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