Barcelona defeated Real Madrid by two goals to zero on Luis Figo's return to the Nou Camp stadium on Saturday night. Figo's entrance to the field of play was greeted by whistles and jeers which continued throughout the game. Luis Enrique opened the scoring for the home side and Simao added the second ten minutes from time. Real Madrid have now gone eighteen years without a victory in Barcelona. The Catalans move up to second place on 12 points, a point behind new leaders Valencia, who beat Zaragoza 1-0 with a second half goal from Mendieta. Mallorca came back from behind to draw at Deportivo La Coruña with a goal five minutes from time by Luque. Valerón had given the league champions the lead six minutes earlier. Deportivo and Real Madrid are third equal on 11 points. In the second division, Atlético Madrid beat Elche 2-0, Betis won 0-1 at Tenerife and Racing Ferrol won 1-3 against Universidad Las Palmas. (21.10.00)

R ayo Vallecano moved second, ahead of Barcelona on goal average, after beating Real Sociedad 4-1. Michel got a hat-trick, including two goals from free kicks, and Glaucio scored the other. Real manager Javier Clemente could now be fired after his team have let in ten goals in two games. Alavés move up to fifth, just behind Real Madrid and ahead of Deportivo on goal average, after a 1-0 victory against Espanyol, with a late goal from substitute Iván Alonso. Espanyol drop to second bottom, a point ahead of 'red lantern' Zaragoza. Celta also dropped out of the top spots after losing to Oviedo 3-1, with Oli getting two for the Asturian side, and two goals apiece as well for Preciado and Amavisca (his from the penalty spot) as Racing Santander move off the bottom with a 4-2 victory against Numancia. Bilbao were surprised by Las Palmas 0-3 in the San Mames stadium, with young Brazilian defender Alvaro scoring on his debut, and a couple of headed goals for Dely Valdés in the first half gave Málaga a 2-1 victory over Villarreal. (22.10.00)

C órdoba moved to the top of the second divison after beating Badajoz 2-0. They are now ahead of Sevilla on goal average after the Andalucians could only draw 1-1 against Getafe.Murcia rise to third with a 2-0 victory against Recreativo Huelva above Jaén on goal average after they lost 1-0 to Eibar. (22.10.00)

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