Sunday, April 09, 2006

Real Madrid got a 1-1 draw

Brazilian star Ronaldo scored his 100th goal. However Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with lowly Real Sociedad on Saturday virtually snuffed out its hopes of getting this season's title.

Indeed, Real Sociedad equalized through Mark Gonzalez in the 62nd to leave Madrid 10 points adrift of Barcelona.

Barcelona now needs just nine points from its remaining seven games to ensure it retains its title.

Real Madrid, which last won a major trophy in 2003, was replaced in second position by Valencia, which defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 on the back of Miguel Angel Angulo's goal.

Spanish player Jose Maria "Guti'' Gutierrez added to Madrid's difficulties in the 86th minute by insulting the referee and earning a red card.

"I admit we didn't expect this match. We had been making good progress in terms of our play, discipline and attitude,'' Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro was quoted as saying.

Following discussions with Madrid president Fernando Martin after the encounter, Lopez Caro canceled an arrangement for the players to have two and half days off this week.