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Ronaldo injury adds to Real's woes



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MADRID, Spain -- Real Madrid's woes continued with the news Brazil striker Ronaldo could be out for two weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the 3-0 home loss to Osasuna.

That shock defeat cost Real the league leadership to Valencia and deepened the gloom at the Bernabeu following last week's Champions League elimination to Monaco.

Ronaldo pulled up in the 25th minute of Sunday's game and was replaced two minutes later by Borja.

Club doctor Alfonso del Corral said that the injury was similar to the one that sidelined the player in March.

He will definitely miss the game against Atletico Madrid next weekend and possibly the showdown with Barcelona on April 25.

Valencia claimed top spot in Spain's Liga with a 1-0 win over Real Zaragoza.

Miguel Angel Angulo headed the only goal of the match with 20 minutes left to give Valencia their sixth win in a row.

Rafael Benitez's side now lead champions Madrid by two points with six games left.

Madrid, in danger of finishing the season empty-handed after losing the King's Cup final and crashing out of the Champions League, went behind after just two minutes when Valdo put the visitors ahead.

The former Madrid midfielder was unmarked at the far post when John Aloisi flicked on a long throw.

And things got worse as keeper Iker Casillas failed to handle a long throw just before halftime and Pablo Garcia lobbed the loose ball over him into the net.

Osasuna completed the rout on the hour when Moha completed a counter-attack by heading in at the far post after Valdo raced down the wing and clipped in a perfect pass.

"A host of negative results have come together in a short space of time," Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano told Canal Plus television after his side's first home league defeat in 11 months.

"We are now experiencing possibly the worst situation at the club in the last four years. It is our first home defeat of the season and we did it in the worst possible manner and at the worst possible moment."

Spectacular week

Deportivo Coruna, who beat AC Milan 4-0 to reach the semifinals of the Champions League, completed a spectacular week with a 2-0 win at Villarreal.

Walter Pandiani missed an early penalty but then gave Deportivo the lead shortly before halftime with a glancing header.

Diego Tristan added their second in the last minute with a deft chip as Deportivo reclaimed third place from Barcelona.

In other matches on Sunday, Athletico Bilbao climbed to fifth with Francisco Yeste's late winner sealing a 2-1 victory at Racing Santander.

Murcia's bid to escape relegation was damaged by a 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad while Mallorca pulled five points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Real Betis.


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