Madrid beats Cadiz in Spanish league

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Raul Gonzalez scored an 85th-minute winner with the help new arrival Robinho and Real Madrid beat Cadiz 2-1 in the opening round of the Spanish league.

Madrid beats Cadiz in Spanish league

Madrid:

Raul Gonzalez scored an 85th-minute winner with the help new arrival Robinho and Real Madrid beat newly promoted Cadiz 2-1 Sunday in the opening round of the Spanish league. Robinho, who debuted as a 66th-minute substitute, chested down David Beckham's long pass and left the ball for Ronaldo, who sent it across for Raul to slide home. Ronaldo also scored for Madrid while Argentine forward Matias Pavoni equalised for Cadiz, playing in the Primera Division for the first time in 12 years. In yesterday's other games, Osasuna beat Villarreal 2-1, Deportivo La Coruna won 1-0 at Mallorca, while Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 with Zaragoza. Also it was --- Sevilla 1, Racing Santander 0; Espanyol 0, Getafe 2; and Celta Vigo 2, Malaga 0. Fevered atmosphere Madrid, last season's runner-up and without a major trophy since 2003, was pressed by a Cadiz side inspired by a fevered atmosphere at Ramon de Carranza stadium. Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead in the fifth minute when he received a Zinedine Zidane pass, evaded defender Ramon de Quintana and sidefooted home from just outside the area. Pavoni leveled in the 63rd when he hooked the ball home from the right of the area after receiving a headed pass from veteran striker Oli Alvarez. Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo reacted by inserting Robinho, who arrived in Madrid on Friday after transfering from Santos for $30 million to replace midfielder Thomas Gravesen. (AP)

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