Real Madrid downs Cadiz 3-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Roberto Carlos, David Beckham and Robinho each scored in a 15-minute spell in the second half, and Real Madrid rallied to beat Cadiz 3-1.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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Roberto Carlos, David Beckham and Robinho each scored in a 15-minute spell in the second half, and Real Madrid rallied to beat Cadiz 3-1 Saturday in the Spanish league. It was 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 only one draw from its 12 visits to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, got a goal from striker Alexandre Medina in the 54th minute. Earlier, 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. On Sunday, Barcelona will aim for its 18th straight victory in all competitions, while Osasuna visits Villarreal. Also, it's: Real Betis vs. Valencia; Deportivo vs. Mallorca; Getafe vs. Espanyol; Racing Santander vs. Sevilla; Malaga vs. Celta Vigo; and Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao. 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 game in the first half and came close when midfielder Benjamin Zaradona's long shot was parried by goalkeeper Iker Casillas before the interval. However, Cadiz appeared fortunate to escape a penalty when Robinho was tripped by Benjamin in the 45th minute. Cadiz took the lead after Medina's initial attempt from Fabian Estoyanoff's cross was blocked by Madrid midfielder Cicinho. The Uruguayan made no mistake with his second shot from close range. Carlos strikes The home team 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 crowned Madrid's rousing comeback in the 83rd minute when he volleyed home from outside the area. Atletico's Maxi Rodriguez gave the visitors the lead in the 28th minute when he ran onto a defense-splitting pass by Ariel Ibagaza and slid the ball under advancing goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez. Cesar upended Rodriguez to the left of his goal in the 60th and Fernando Torres calmly converted the penalty to seal Atletico's first victory since Oct. 27, when it beat Cadiz 3-0. Game halted Shortly after Atletico's second goal, referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez briefly halted the game at Zaragoza's La Romareda stadium after spectators hurled objects onto the field. Atletico, which has been under caretaker coach Pepe Murcia since Carlos Bianchi was fired on Jan. 12, rose to 11th place with 23 points from 20 games. Zaragoza, whose loss was its first in seven matches, stayed ninth with 27. The match was the third meeting between the teams in 10 days. Zaragoza defeated Atletico in the Copa del Rey on Jan. 11, the result which cost Bianchi his job, and then eliminated Atletico from the competition on Wednesday in the second leg. (AP)

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