Football: European round-up - Poborsky provides new edge

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The Benfica coach, Graeme Souness, hailed his new signings Karel Poborsky and Brian Deane for helping to turn round the fortunes of the Lisbon club.

Poborsky scored the winning goal four minutes from full-time as Benfica gained a 2-1 win over Campomaiorense in the Portuguese League. Benfica were outplayed for long periods but Souness, sacked by Torino earlier in the season, was delighted with the result. "We are certainly a better side now," he said.

The top two Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona, both lost away, stopping the chase for the championship from becoming a two-horse race. The leaders, Real Madrid, always faced a difficult trip to Real Sociedad, who have not lost a match at home in the league this season and were beaten 4-2. Barcelona then lost 3-1 at Deportivo La Coruna, with Djalminha scoring a fine clinching goal.

Zinedine Zidane, with two goals in the last 20 minutes of a 3-1 win over Atalanta yesterday, lifted Juventus to the top of Italy's Serie A, after Internazionale were held 1-1 at Empoli.

Zidane headed his first less than a minute after the visitor's Nicola Caccia had equalised Antonio Conte's 64th-minute opener. The midfielder's second came in injury time - a fierce strike from outside the area.

Inter needed a spectacular 81st-minute goal from Alvaro Recoba to avoid their second successive league defeat, after Carmine Esposito had given lowly Empoli a third-minute lead.

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