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Raul rewrites Madrid's record books
Raul Gonzalez becomes leading scorer in Real history with double against Sporting.
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2009 22:50 GMT

Sporting's goalkeeper can only watch from his knees [AFP]
Raul Gonzalez scored his club record 308th goal on Sunday and then added another in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league.

Raul turned in Sergio Ramos' low cross with the inside of his left foot in the 15th minute to surpass Alfredo di Stefano and become Madrid's all-time leading scorer with 308 goals in official competitions.

The 31-year-old Raul added goal number 309 in the 76th after jumping on a loose rebound inside the box.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar finally scored his first goal for Madrid after six games and Marcelo got his first of the season.

Chasing Barca

Madrid's eighth straight victory puts them 10 points behind Barcelona, who drew 2-2 at Real Betis on Saturday to snap a 10-game winning run.

Also, Villarreal's Santiago Cazorla moved past one defender and then sent a low shot through two others in the 44th minute to keep the team fighting for a Champions League spot after a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander.

Nikola Zigic scored for the hosts with a header in the 25th.

Barcelona lead the league with 60 points from 23 games, followed by Madrid with 50.

Sevilla, who beat Espanyol 2-0 with two late goals from Frederic Kanoute, are next with 41 points.

Valencia, who drew 1-1 with Malaga on Saturday, and Villarreal both have 38.

Other results on Sunday were: Almeria 3, Valladolid 2; Athletic Bilbao 1, Recreativo Huelva 1; Numancia 0, Mallorca 1; and Atletico Madrid 1, Getafe 1.

Making history

Raul, playing in his 15th season with the Spanish champions, needed 504 games to Di Stefano's 401 to set the mark after scoring his 10th goal in 18 matches this season.

Madrid were without Dutch trio Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael Van der Vaart at El Molinon, but Huntelaar finally scored his first Madrid goal in his sixth appearance since a January move from Ajax.

The Netherlands international ran onto Gonzalo Higuain's flick-on in the 37th to slot a right-footed shot under goalkeeper Inaki Lafuente.

Madrid, who have already beaten Sporting 7-1 this season, never looked threatened as Fernando Gago sent a long drive just over the bar in the 40th.

Madrid coach Juande Ramos moved Marcelo up from his usual left back spot to the flank and the Brazil international responded by chipping over the onrushing Lafuente in the 49th after Higuain had played him clear down the left side with a backheel pass.

Huntelaar appeared to be onside in the 72nd when he headed in Ramos' cross but the goal was waived off for offside.

Costly loss

Kanoute's goals left Espanyol winless in 14 games and in last place.

In the 64th, Espanyol midfielder Milan "Lola'' Smiljanic was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

Kanoute took advantage in the 84th by scoring from Jesus Navas' low cross, although Espanyol's players complained the striker had pushed defender Nicolas Pareja before receiving the pass.

Kanoute sealed Sevilla's victory in injury time when he ran in unmarked to meet Navas' cross to score his eighth goal of the season.

Atletico coach Abel Resino saw his team drop their first points since he replaced the fired Javier Aguirre.

Diego Forlan side-footed Atletico into the lead from Giourkas Seitaridis' cross from the right in the 33rd minute. The goal was the Uruguayan's 15th of the season.

Getafe wasted the chance for an equaliser when another Uruguayan, Juan Albin, sent an 80th-minute penalty over the crossbar.

Albin made amends eight minutes later by diving to head in a goal after Ikechukwu Uche's scissors kick had sent the ball across the goal.

Almeria's Nigerian striker Kalu Uche, in red, gets stuck into the action [EPA]
Almeria win

Nine-man Almeria rallied to snap a two-game losing skid with Alvaro Negredo scoring a 79th-minute winner.

Valladolid were leading 2-0 by the 22nd minute after goals from Pedro Leon and Henok Goitom, but Almeria started their rally with Albert Crusat's 62nd-minute goal.

Two minutes later, the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Bruno Saltor was red-carded for a dangerous tackle on Leon.

Kalu Uche equalised in the 71st after his header from a tight angle glanced off goalkeeper Justo Villar into goal but was then sent off soon after for putting a straight-arm to Victoriano "Nano'' Rivas.

Negredo chipped into the empty goal after catching Villar out and Valladolid played out with 10 from the 82nd after Nano picked up his second yellow card.

At the San Mames, Aitor Tornavaca was well-placed in the 34th to score for Recreativo, but Gaizka Toquero answered for Athletic in the 51st.

Aritz Aduriz volleyed Juan Arango's cross inside the far corner in the 22nd as Mallorca dropped Numancia into 19th.

Also on Saturday, Deportivo drew 0-0 with Osasuna.

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