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Goal fest again as Atletico crush Recreativo

SoccerNews in La Liga 20 Sep 2008


The goals are flowing for Atletico Madrid who capped a fantastic week with a 4-0 home victory over Recreativo Huelva on Saturday to move top of the table on goal difference.

After demolishing PSV Eindhoven 3-0 on Tuesday in their first Champions League match for 11 years, Atletico crushed Recreativo by one goal more.

Argentina's Sergio Aguero, known by the nickname “Kun” and who scored twice against PSV, made it three goals in five days with the opener before Portuguese schemer Maniche, also on target in Eindhoven, added a second.

French striker Florent Sinama Pongolle then scored twice in the final 13 minutes to down his former club.

Pongolle, deputising for the injured Diego Forlan, had two successful seasons at Recre before Atletico came calling in the summer.

With just seven minutes gone, 20-year-old Argentine Aguero, top-scorer last season with 19 goals, ghosted into the area completely unmarked to head home.

Aguero, who is dating a daughter of Argentina's 1986 World Cup hero Diego Maradona, thought he had scored again after 25 minutes but the effort was disallowed with Pongolle penalised for a foul in the lead-up to the goal.

Maniche, back in favour at the club after he looked to be heading for the exit door, showed great technique to drill in an unstoppable shot for 2-0.

Aguero was pulled off after an hour – with coach Javier Aguirre probably keen to rest him after a busy summer for Argentina at the Olympics.

Maniche came off shortly after too with Argentine Ever Banega, on loan from Valencia, making his league debut.

Pongolle stole the show in the closing stages though with two well-taken goals to make it seven goals in two games for Atletico.

Espanyol slip to second following Atletico's win but can reclaim top spot with a point against Getafe in Saturday's late match.

Espanyol had a horrible run at the end of last season winning just three times in their final 20 games but they are the only team in the league with a perfect six points and have yet to concede a goal.

Champions Real Madrid are in action on Sunday at Racing Santander as they look to click into gear.

Real have shipped five goals in during the first two league matches and coach Bernd Schuster has called for his team to tighten up at the back.

While Real have stumbled out of the blocks with three points from six their main title rivals Barcelona are worse off with just one point to their name.

New Barca coach Pep Guardiola is hoping for his first league win on Sunday at Sporting Gijon who prop up the table.


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