Madrid salutes Puskas with 3-1 win

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Real Madrid beat Racing Santander 3-1 in the Spanish league as it paid tribute to its all-time great Ferenc Puskas, who died the previous day aged 79.

Madrid salutes Puskas with 3-1 win

Madrid:

Real Madrid beat Racing Santander 3-1 in the Spanish league as it paid tribute to its all-time great Ferenc Puskas, who died the previous day aged 79. Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes and Mahamadou Diarra, who like their teammates wore black armbands, scored to lift Madrid level with defending champion FC Barcelona in the standings. In Saturday's late game, Sevilla climbed into top place by beating 10-man Valencia 3-0 on goals by Julien Escude, Luis Fabiano and Frederic Kanoute. Sevilla's emphatic victory over the 2002 and 2004 champion maintained its perfect record at its Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium this season. Valencia, which had David Silva sent off early in the first half, is winless in four games and stayed sixth although it will likely drop lower after today's games. Banners in the crowd read "Puskas R.I.P" and "Puskas, eternal, legend" in Spanish, while images of the Hungarian forward in action were displayed on the video screen at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Both sets of players gathered around the center circle before kickoff to hear a cellist seated on a dais on the field play a somber composition by Pau Casals. (AP)

Topics : Football Real Madrid
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