Real Madrid and Zaragozah win while Atletico can only draw

10:38, March 13, 2011      

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Real Madrid enjoyed a comfortable preparation for next Wednesday's Champions League game at home to Olympique Lyon as they brushed past relegation threatened Hercules in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday night.

Striker Karim Benzema confirmed his return to form and confidence with goals in either half in a game which saw Real Madrid rest key players, Xabi Alonso, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe ahead of their midweek game.

Hercules keeper Juan Calatayud produced a series of good saves in the second half to keep the scoreline respectable, but the three points were never in danger of escaping Madrid's clutches.

Hercules slip to second from bottom of the table in Spain and have not scored a goal away from home in over 1,000 minutes football.

Kun Aguero scored twice as Atletico Madrid twice took the lead away to struggling Almeria. However, the side that kicked off the day second from bottom of the table drew level on both occasions thanks to goals from Albert Crusat and Henok Goitom, who scored his first goal of the season.

The result leaves Almeria in the relegation zone, although it does lift them above Hercules, while doing little to aid Atletico's ambitions of a top seven finish.

Finally Zaragoza rounded off a horrible week for Valencia, who were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday, by defeating them 4-0 in the Romareda Stadium.

Jiri Jarosek opened the scoring with a header and Ander Herrera doubled the lead five minutes before halftime.

Zaragoza captain Gabi scored two second half penalties to lift his side four points clear of the relegation.

Source: Xinhua
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