Barcelona draws 1-1 with Valencia

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Ronaldinho converted a 79th-minute penalty Saturday and FC Barcelona drew 1-1 with Valencia.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Ronaldinho converted a 79th-minute penalty Saturday and FC Barcelona drew 1-1 with Valencia, the first time the Spanish league leader has not won at home this season. Defending champion Valencia frustrated Barcelona, which had won all seven of its previous games at the Camp Nou, in an ill-tempered encounter and took the lead on Italy's Stefano Fiore's 63rd-minute strike. Barcelona, which had goalkeeper Victor Valdes ejected in the 74th minute, remains 10 points atop the standings. Real wins In another game, Zinedine Zidane's injury-time header earned Real Madrid a 3-2 victory at struggling Racing Santander and moved into second place. Santander twice led on goals by Israeli forward Yossi Benayoun and striker Javi Guerrero, before Michael Owen and Raul Gonzalez replied for Madrid. Madrid, which played without Ronaldo, David Beckham and Roberto Carlos, improved to 29 points, moving it past Valencia and Espanyol, which was to play Sunday. "I'm happy with our effort and the way we went out to win the match. Only a team with guts battles back on two occasions," Garcia Remon was quoted as saying by news agency Efe. In another game Saturday, Levante drew 1-1 with Albacete. Barcelona has 39 points from 16 games, while Madrid, Valencia and Espanyol have 29. Madrid has played only 15 games because last week's encounter with Real Sociedad was abandoned due to a bomb hoax and will be resumed on Jan. 5. (AP)

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