Toronto Star

Robinho sparks Real to win over Zaragoza

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Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robinho scored second-half goals yesterday to help Real Madrid beat Zaragoza 2-0 and reclaim its seven-point lead over Barcelona atop the Spanish league standings.

Van Nistelrooy notched his ninth goal of the season against the run of play with a 66th-minute header after Robinho had evaded Zaragoza left back Juanfran Torres and centred the ball.

Eleven minutes later, Robinho raced away from the Zaragoza defence before scoring from just inside the penalty area. The goal was the Brazilian forward’s sixth this season. ENGLAND: John Arne Riise turned across into his own net as Liverpool was held 1-1 by League One club Luton in the FA Cup yesterday.

Three minutes after England internatio­nal Peter Crouch had given the Reds a 74th-minute lead at Kenilworth Road, the Hatters — who are in the hands of financial administra­tors — earned a lucrative replay at Anfield when Riise accidental­ly deflected a cross past his own goalkeeper.

And Eduardo da Silva scored one goal and set up the other for Nicklas Bendtner as Arsenal won 2-0 at Burnley. PORTUGAL: Raul Meireles scored to lead FC Porto past Naval 1-0 and extend its lead atop Portugal’s First Division standings to nine points yesterday. JAMAICA: New Jamaica coach Rene Simoes arrived for his second stint as the Reggae Boyz’ leader.

The 55-year-old Brazilian led Jamaica when it qualified for the 1998 World Cup in France. Associated Press

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