Real Madrid top Spanish Primera Liga football

By Xinhua

Madrid : Defending La Liga champions Real Madrid stayed on top of the Spanish football league table after they edged past Getafe 1-0 thanks to a 65th minute goal from defender Sergio Ramos.

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Arjen Robben broke free down the right and centered for Ramos to push the ball into the Getafe net for Sunday’s victory.

“This was a really cruel defeat,” said Getafe coach Michael Laudrup, whose team are second from bottom with just two points.

Two hours later, Valencia won 1-0 at Recreativo Huelva. The only goal came after just five minutes, when Valencia striker David Villa took a long ball from Carlos Marchena and finished with his usual class.

This is Valencia’s fifth consecutive league win, all by one-goal margins.

The results leave Real top with 16 points from six games. In joint second place on 15 points are Villarreal – who beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 earlier Sunday – and Valencia.

In fourth place with 14 points are Barcelona, who Saturday caned bottom team Levante 4-1 with a majestic hat-trick from Thierry Henry.

Atletico Madrid moved up to fifth Sunday with their third straight win, 2-0 against dull Osasuna.

In sixth place now are Espanyol, who beat Deportivo Coruna 1-0 with a solitary goal goal from little Raul Tamudo.

In other Sunday action, Real Murcia won 4-1 in Valladolid, who had two men sent off, while Real Betis beat Real Mallorca 3-0 and Racing Santander won 1-0 in Almeria.