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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zaragoza Seizes First As Deportivo Slips

MADRID -- A 49th-minute goal by Uruguayan striker Gustavo Poyet gave Zaragoza a 1-0 victory over Espa–ol and placed the side alone at the top of the Spanish first division.


Zaragoza has 23 points after Wednesday's game, two more than No. 2 Real Madrid, which played its 15th-round game against lowly Valladolid on Thursday.


Deportivo de La Coruna, which went into the round leading the table along with Zaragoza and Real Madrid, slumped 2-1 against Galician regional foe Celta de Vigo.


Four-year defending champion Barcelona, meanwhile, scraped a 1-1 draw against Betis, leaving it with 20 points, three behind Zaragoza.


It was Zaragoza's 10th victory this season. After a first half that saw it struggling to ward off Espa–ol's attacks, Poyet managed to change the score line moments into the second half with his fifth goal of the season.


Up north, Deportivo stumbled against Celta from the start, with Bosnian Vladimir Gudelj knocking in his seventh goal of the season to put Celta ahead in the third minute.


Sebastian Losada made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute, while Deportivo's Brazilian star Bebeto snatched one back in the 77th minute.


Deportivo stays with 21 points.


Barcelona's star-filled attacking line was out of shape Wednesday against a Betis that went ahead in the 63rd minute with a penalty goal by midfielder Alexis Trujillo.


Dutch defender Ronald Koeman missed an opportunity to grab an equalizer when he thundered a penalty kick over the crossbar in the 82nd minute.


The side was saved two minutes from the whistle when defender Abelardo Fernandez scored his first of the season to make it 1-1.


Croat Davor Suker scored two goals from the penalty spot to help Sevilla win 3-0 against Compostela. Striker Luis Garc’a Tevenet made the third three minutes from the end.


Sevilla now has 17 points from seven wins, three draws and five defeats. Compostela has 14 points from a 5-4-6 record.


Bosnian forward Meho Kodro joined Real Madrid's Chilean striker, Ivan Zamorano, as the lead table with 13 points from a 5-3-7 record.


Italian First Division


Torino and AC Milan, fielding two of the weakest forward lines in the Italian league, played to a goalless draw in a makeup game of the first division Wednesday. The result kept both teams well behind league leader Parma, which has piled up 31 points in 14 games.


The Milan powerhouse, the defending Italian and European champion, moved to 18 points out of 13 games. It must play another makeup game against Reggiana.


Both games against Torino and Reggiana were postponed following AC Milan's commitments in the Intercontinental Cup against Velez in Tokyo earlier this month.


It was the second consecutive goalless draw for Milan, which has been experiencing a severe scoring drought in the current campaign. Milan played to a 0-0 draw against Roma on Sunday.


Milan ended the game at Turin's Delle Alpi stadium with only 10 players. French midfielder Marcel Desailly was sent off in the 74th after two bookings.


Torino must also play another makeup game, against Juventus, next month. Torino has 15 points, or a half of Juventus, Parma's runner-up.