MADRID - Brief reports of matches played in the Primera Liga on Saturday: VALENCIA 2 ESPANYOL 1 Roman Martinez put Espanyol in front when his long-range shot deflected off David Albelda and flew past Valencia goalkeeper Renan before team mate Francisco Rufete was harshly dismissed for a second handball. Valencia equalised midway through the second half when Raul Albiol volleyed home from a corner and winger Vicente came off the bench to grab the winner by finishing off a flowing move. BARCELONA 2 REAL MADRID 0 Real held leaders Barcelona at bay until the 83rd minute when Samuel Eto'o, who earlier had a penalty saved by Iker Casillas, bundled the ball in after Carles Puyol headed Xavi's corner into his path. Forward Lionel Messi sealed the win in added time, lifting the ball over Casillas after Thierry Henry found the Argentine international in space on the left.
14 December 2008
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