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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Real Madrid Fights Back, Barca Loses

MADRID, Spain -- Real Madrid took a decisive step in pursuit of its 27th Spanish league crown when it overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat bottom-placed Sevilla 4-2.


The win came as second-placed Barcelona crashed 3-1 at Valladolid, leaving Fabio Capello's Real 10 points clear at the top with eight games remaining.


The match had looked likely to dent Real's title prospects as Sevilla found gaps overhead and down the flanks to score through teenager Jose Mari and Oulida in the opening 20 minutes.


Capello substituted out-of-form striker Davor Suker for newly signed utility man Ze Roberto, and was quickly rewarded with a goal when Clarence Seedorf pounced on a back heel from Raul Gonzalez to give keeper Juan Carlos Unzue no chance.


Raul knocked in the equalizer on the hour, before Fernando Hierro and Predrag Mijatovic finished off the job in the closing minutes.


Stuttgart booked its berth in the German Cup final with a tight 2-1 victory over Hamburg.


A 60th minute goal by defender Thomas Schneider proved the difference between the two sides in this hard-fought battle.


Stuttgart now meets east German regional league side Cottbus Energie in the June 14 final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.


Bulgarian international Krassimir Balakow opened the scoring for Stuttgart after 15 minutes, but former Stuttgart ace Juergen Hartmann leveled four minutes later, and it took Schneider's effort on the hour to separate the teams.


"We just won by the skin of our teeth," said Stuttgart's Fredi Bobic.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)