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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 19:04 GMT 20:04 UK
Real 4-2 Barcelona
Michael Owen
Owen scored a sublime fourth
Michael Owen and David Beckham inspired Real Madrid to victory over Primera Liga leaders Barcelona as they cut the gap on their rivals to six points.

Owen smashed home Real's fourth midway through the second half after latching on to David Beckham's long raking pass.

Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo headed the home side into a 2-0 lead, before Samuel Eto'o reduced the deficit.

Raul made it 3-1 from Roberto Carlos' cross, with Barca's Ronaldinho scoring a late consolation free-kick.

It was a must-win match for Real, and they got off to the best possible start when Zidane bravely slid in to nod home the opener in front a 78,000 crowd at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo doubled the lead when he converted Beckham's right-sided free-kick.

Barcelona then came to life, as Eto'o took advantage of a rebound from Ivan Helguera to poke the ball past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The visitors pressed forward looking for the equaliser, but on the stroke of half-time Real left-back Carlos powered down the wing to deliver a precise low ball to Raul, who made it 3-1 from close range.

Owen, who pestered in the first half but never had a clear chance on goal, then combined with England captain and team-mate Beckham to put the icing on the cake.

The goalscorer received a standing ovation from the Real crowd when he was substituted late in the game.

The scoreline was harsh on Barca's 2004 World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho, who capped a superb display with a sublime 20-yard effort 17 minutes from time.

Barcelona's efforts to win the league title were handed a further blow when it was revealed Eto'o, who was stretchered off after injuring his right knee, could be out for up to a month.



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