Defeat for Atletico - victory for Barca

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Ahead of their Champions' League tie with Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday Barcelona stayed on top of the Spanish League with a 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna yesterday while Atletico Madrid, who receive Leicester tomorrow in the Uefa Cup, lost their unbeaten record in a 1- 0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao.

Ronaldo may be gone but Brazilian magic is still working for Barca, with Rivaldo setting up his fellow countryman Sonny Anderson, the former Monaco striker, for a header which sealed victory. Luis Enrique had opened the scoring.

Juninho was one of the culprits when Atletico lost to an early goal by Joseba Etxeberria, missing a straightforward chance two minutes from time. The Croat Davor Suker ended a five-week goal drought as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-0 with another goal from Raul.

Not to be outdone by his compatriots at the Nou Camp, Ronaldo claimed his first goal for his new club Internazionale with an outstanding solo effort in the 4-2 win at Bologna, for whom Roberto Baggio scored both goals. The Brazilian turned one defender and dribbed past two as Inter set the early pace in Serie A along with Fiorentina, 3-1 winners against Bari.

The prolific Gabriel Batistuta scored two for the Florentine club to take his tally to five in two games with Andrei Kanchelskis scoring his first since joining the club last season.

A goal by the former Southampton defender Ulrich Van Gobbel was not enough for Feyenoord to make any impression on the Dutch leaders Ajax, who drwe 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven. The German League leaders Bayern Munich won 3-0 against Hertha Berlin.

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