MADRID - Brief reports of matches played in the Primera Liga on Saturday: ESPANYOL 2 ATLETICO MADRID 3 Argentina midfielder Maxi Rodriguez opened the scoring for Atletico from Sergio Aguero's cross after seven minutes but Espanyol pressed hard and were rewarded with an equaliser from Sergio Sanchez in the 58th. Aguero made it 2-1 with an individual effort in the 81st and Maxi increased the advantage against his former club with his second in the 91st, but there was time left for Valdo to pull one back for the home side in a nervy finish. REAL MADRID 1 VALENCIA 0 Juande Ramos's first league win as Real coach was secured when Real winger Arjen Robben set up Argentine Gonzalo Higuain to score after only three minutes. Real hit the woodwork twice and squandered a number of other chances, particularly after Valencia had defender Carlos Marchena sent off in the 67th minute. Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas made a string of outstanding saves to deny Valencia.
21 December 2008
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