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Ozil strikes twice as Madrid fight back for win

Published on Dec 9, 2012 6:05 AM
Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (left) vies with Valladolid's midfielder Alvaro Rubio during the Spanish league football match Real Valladolid CF vs Real Madrid CF at Jose Zorilla stadium in Valladolid on December 8, 2012. Real Madrid won 3-2. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Mesut Ozil grabbed two goals as Real Madrid twice came from behind to defeat Valladolid 3-2 on Saturday to cloe to within eight points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

The German international's brace included an exquisitely-curled, left-footed winner from a free-kick on 71 minutes to keep Madrid on the tails of Barca and second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Former Manchester United striker Manucho twice gave Valladolid first-half leads that Karim Benzema and Ozil levelled.

Barcelona go to Real Betis on Sunday while Atletico, now only two points ahead of their city neighbours, entertain Deportivo La Coruna.

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