Sunday, January 22, 2006

Real Madrid beats Cadiz 3-1

The victory was clear this time. Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos, English David Beckham and young star Robinho each scored in a 15-minute spell in the second half, and Real Madrid rallied to defeat Cadiz 3-1 on Saturday in the Spanish league.

This result is Madrid's fourth straight victory in league and cup play and lifted the team into third place with 36 points from 20 games.

The 29-time league champions trail leader FC Barcelona, which plays last-place Alaves on Sunday, by 10 points.

Cadiz, which has just one draw from its 12 visits to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, scored thier only goal from striker Alexandre Medina in the 54th minute.

Real Madrid, lacking five injured players including Ronaldo and Raul Gonzalez, was given a scare by Cadiz, which started the match in 15th place.

The visitors carried the match in the first half and came close when midfielder Benjamin Zaradona's long strike was parried by goalkeeper Iker Casillas before the interval.

Cadiz took the lead after Medina's initial strike from Fabian Estoyanoff's cross was blocked by new midfielder Cicinho. The Uruguayan made no mistake with his second shot from close range.

The "Galacticos" leveled from a 68th-minute free kick when, teed up by Zinedine Zidane and Beckham, Roberto Carlos fired through the Cadiz wall.

Beckham then tapped another free kick to Roberto Carlos, who stopped the ball for the English midfielder to curl a trademark shot into the corner for Madrid's second goal.

Robinho showed a Madrid's rousing comeback in the 83rd minute when he volleyed home from outside the area.

In other matches Atletico Madrid downed Zaragoza 2-0 to end a 10-game winless league streak. Barcelona leads the league with 46 points, followed by Osasuna with 39, Madrid and Valencia with 36, and Deportivo La Coruna with 32.