Spain Round-up: Raul on target as Real extend lead

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Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruña 3-1 at the Bernabeu yesterday to extend their lead at the top of La Liga. Xisco opened the scoring for the visitors but goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy, Raul and Robinho secured the champions the win in a bad-tempered game that saw Deportivo's Sergio dismissed late on for a second bookable offence

The former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan was on target for Real's city rivals Atletico in their 1-0 win away at Levante.

Real Mallorca held Espanyol to an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Last year's Uefa Cup finalists Espanyol came into the game on the back of a four-match winning streak having ended leaders Real Madrid's unbeaten start to the season last week.

Ariel Ibagaza's quickly taken free kick allowed the Venezuela striker Juan Arango to volley Mallorca in front after just two minutes, but Espanyol were soon back in contention.

Luis Garcia's freekick in the 21st minute flew off Arango's head into the top corner of his own net, and five minutes later Raul Tamudo tumbled under a challenge from Mallorca defender Sergio Ballesteros for a penalty. Ballesteros was sent off and striker Tamudo scored from the spot.

Espanyol were themselves reduced to 10 men when Clemente Rodriguez received his marching orders in the second half and Mallorca levelled in the 69th when striker Daniel Guiza controlled a long pass in the area, turned and scored.

In Saturday's late game, Athletic Bilbao made all the running but could not find a way past Real Betis and drew 0-0 at home.

The Seville youth team coach, Manuel Jimenez, was due to take charge of the first team for the first time since the departure of Juande Ramos last night. The new Tottenham Hotspur manager was at White Hart Lane to watch Spurs' defeat to Blackburn Rovers yesterday while his former charges were due to host Valencia at the Sanchez Pizjuan in last night's late kick-off.

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