Jordi Cruyff, the son of the Barcelona coach, Johan Cruyff, scored twice yesterday as the Spanish champions beat Real Valladolid 4-1 in the Nou Camp to record their first victory in six matches.
Guillermo Amor and Aitor Beguiristain also scored in a victory which kept the Catalans in third place, eight points behind the leaders, Real Madrid, who tightened their grip on the championship race with a convincing 3-1 win over Valencia on Saturday. Two goals from Ivan Zamorano and a penalty by Fernando Hierro were enough to sink Valencia, whose only response came from a late penalty by Lyuboslav Penev.
With eight matches left, Real now know that victory in their four remaining home games will ensure them their first league title since 1990. Second- placed Deportivo La Corua, now only one point ahead of Barcelona, let a two-goal lead slip in last night's 2-2 draw at home to Oviedo.
Fourth-placed Real Zaragoza, Arsenal's opponents in the Cup-Winners' Cup final, won 3-0 at Albacete. Second-half goals by Juan Esnaider, Paco Higuera and Miguel Pardeza kept Zaragoza one point behind Barcelona.
The defending German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, beat the league leaders Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Saturday as the battle for the title intensified with only five weeks to go. Dortmund's lead over Werder Bremen has now disappeared after Bremen's 2-2 draw against Kaiserslautern, although Dortmund's goal difference is still superior. Bayern, in sixth place, remain on the fringe of the championship race with 35 points, four behind Dortmund and Bremen.Reuse content