First Division - Day 30

Real Madrid 5 - Sevilla 1

Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Iván Helguera, Raúl Bravo, Roberto Carlos (Mejía 69'); Beckham (Pavón 85'), Guti; Zidane (Borja 78'), Raúl, Solari; Ronaldo. 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Esteban; Daniel Alves (Gallardo 66'), Javi Navarro, Alfaro (Oscar 46'), David; Martí, Casquero; Redondo, Baptista, Marañon; Darío Silva (Carlitos 46'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Raúl Bravo, Ronaldo for Mejía, Figo / Sevilla: Casquero, Baptista, Marañon for Torrado, Puerta, Carlitos.

1-0. 05. Solari. Ran on to Beckham through ball to shoot past Esteban.
2-0. 44. Ronaldo. Got on the end of Beckham's cross to head past keeper.
2-1. 59. Baptista (penalty). After Solari pushed over Marañon in the area.
3-1. 64. Zidane. Beat offside trap to take long Guti pass and chip keeper.
4-1. 74. Salgado. Finished off from right of goal after Esteban saved from Ronaldo.
5-1. 92. Ronaldo. Won ball off Redondo and ran on to shoot low past Esteban.

Real Madrid were knocked off top spot for a couple of hours after Valencia won earlier in the evening, but regained it with style after beating Sevilla 5-1 in the last match of the weekend. It was fitting revenge for the 4-1 defeat suffered against the Andalucians earlier in the season.

Solari gave Queiroz's side an early lead after Beckham set him up, and Ronaldo made it two on the stroke of half time, again from a cross from the England captain. Baptista pulled one back though after the break from the penalty spot after Solari pushed over Marañon, and for a brief while the visitors were back in the game. However Zidane picked up a pass from Guti to restore the two goal lead and Esteban had to be at his best to save another effort from the French midfielder a few minutes later.

But the final few minutes were for a Ronaldo who stole the show, leaving Salgado with the easiest of tasks to score a fourth after forcing Esteban into blocking his shot, and then robbing the ball off Redondo to complete the rout. Madrid ended the weekend still a point above Valencia, their pride now restored after three league games without a win.