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Zidane's Real beat Sporting in La Liga

Associated Press Associated Press 26/11/2016 Tales Azzoni

Zinedine Zidane has matched another feat by Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

With two first-half goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane's Madrid defeated Sporting Gijon 2-1 in the Spain's La Liga on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) to equal the 31-game unbeaten run by Ancelotti's team in the 2013-14 season.

Zidane already matched the former Madrid manager by winning the Champions League last season, a title Ancelotti won with the Spanish powerhouse in 2014, when Zidane was an assistant coach.

"This is positive, but it's not my individual achievement," Zidane said.

"It's an achievement by the whole team. You have to congratulate the players on these numbers."

Saturday's win in pouring rain at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - thanks in part to a late penalty kick missed by Sporting - also gave Madrid a six-point lead over Sevilla, who jumped to second place by defeating Valencia 2-1.

Third-place Barcelona play on Sunday (Monday AEDT) at fifth-place Real Sociedad to try to get back within four points of Madrid before their clasico next week at Camp Nou.

Madrid, which has won six in a row in the league, hasn't been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League.

They have won 23 games since.

Madrid's all-time unbeaten run of 34 games was under coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89 season. Barcelona holds the unbeaten record in Spain of 39 consecutive games last season, a streak that ended with a defeat to Madrid.

Madrid was heavily favoured against Sporting, which had lost seven of their previous nine league games.

The hosts got off to a good start as Ronaldo - who had a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in last weekend's derby - scored from the penalty spot in the fifth minute and from a header in the 18th.

In other matches, Sevilla defeated Valencia 2-1 and Malaga beat Deportivo 4-3 while Espanyol downed Leganes 3-0.

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