Ruud keeps Real hopes

Madrid, June 10:

Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored his second goal in the 89th minute as Real Madrid rallied to draw 2-2 at Zaragoza on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a Spanish league title after Espanyol managed a 2-2 draw at FC Barcelona.

Sevilla drew 0-0 with Mallorca to keep a slim chance of winning their first league title in 61 years.

Madrid and Barcelona lead the league with 73 points, though Madrid win on head-to-head should they remain tied in the standings. Sevilla have 71 points with one round of matches remaining.

Madrid can clinch their record 30th league title — and first since 2003 — if they beat Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium next Sunday. Barcelona will play last-place Gimnastic Tarragona.

Van Nistelrooy shrugged off a defender to score his league-leading 25th goal of the season and cancel out Zaragoza striker Diego Milito’s goal in the 64th. Milito had opened the scoring with a penalty in the 32nd before the Dutchman levelled it with a bouncing header in the 57th.

Espanyol captain Raul Tamudo scored twice — including the equaliser in the 87th — to cancel out Lionel Messi’s brace for two-time defending champions Barcelona.