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Real Madrid win El Clasico, Atletico and Real Sociedad share spoils in thriller******
MADRID, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid won El Clasico 2-1 away to FC Barcelona in a game that just about highlighted the current situation of the two teams.
Although Real Madrid were not brilliant in the Camp Nou, it was enough for them to keep things tight in defense and exploit their pace on the break to win the game.
David Alaba put them ahead in the 32nd minute, finishing a move he started with a powerful left-foot shot and Lucas Vazquez netted their second in injury-time after another counter-attack.
Barca didn't force a difficult save from Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois all game and it wasn't until the 97th minute that Sergio Aguero netted a consolation goal, seconds before the final whistle.
Real Sociedad remain top of the table, but will be frustrated after seeing Atletico Madrid fight back from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw in a match that was much more entertaining than El Clasico.
The Basque side produced an excellent first 50 minutes in Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and led through goals from Alexander Sorloth and Alexander Isak.
Luis Suarez's header pulled a goal back for Atletico in the 61st minute and the Uruguayan then netted a penalty with 13 minutes left to play. His side pressed for a winning goal, but Real Sociedad held on for a point.
Sevilla remain third after an exciting 5-3 win against Levante, who are still searching for their first victory of the campaign.
Oliver Torres' stunning volley and another goal from Rafa Mir put Sevilla 2-0 ahead after 24 minutes, before Jose Luis Morales' first goal of the afternoon brought Levante back into the game.
Diego Carlos added a third for Sevilla in the 38th minute and Munir looked to have ensured the win when he netted his side's fourth from outside the box five minutes into the second half, but Morales' second and a goal from Gonzalo Melero made it 4-3 before Fernando added Sevilla's fifth with 25 minutes still to play.
Real Betis saw how Rayo Vallecano fought back from 2-0 down after conceding goals to Alex Moreno and Juanmi with goals of their own from Randy Nketa and Alvaro, before Willian Jose's 75th minute penalty gave Betis all three points in an entertaining match.
Iker Muniain's penalty helped Athletic Bilbao inflict Villarreal's first away defeat of the season as they claimed a 2-1 win in the San Mames Stadium.
Raul Garcia put Athletic ahead from Inaki Williams' cross in the 14th minute, but Francis Coquelin's deflected effort leveled the scores in the 32nd minute.
Man of the match Muniain won the game from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Unai Vencedor had been fouled by Alberto Moreno.
Valencia salvaged a point as they came back from 2-0 down at home to Real Mallorca with two injury-time goals.
Angel Rodriguez and Mouchtar Diakhaby's own goal had given Mallorca a 2-0 lead, but former Valencia player Kangin Lee had a rush of blood 10 minutes into the second half and left his side with 10 men.
Goncalo Guedes pulled a goal back with a long-range shot in the 92nd minute, and Jose Luis Gaya's close-range finish earned Valencia a point in the 98th minute.
Two goals from striker Joselu gave Alaves their first away win of the season and just their second victory of the entire campaign, as Javi Calleja's side won 2-0 away to Cadiz.
Elche and Espanyol shared four goals with Manu Morlanes and Raul de Tomas scoring for Espanyol on 51 and 52 minutes to cancel out Lucas Boye's first-half opener for Elche, who took a point with Dario Bernadetto's 84th minute equalizer.
On Friday, Osasuna and Granada drew 1-1, with Chimy Avila putting Osasuna ahead on the stroke of half-time and Angel Moreno scoring a last minute goal to salvage a point for the visitors.
Osasuna ended with 10 men after left-back Jose Angel 'Cote' was sent off with 16 minutes left to play. Enditem
UK reports first case of death due to Omicron******
People queue to get their booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at a center near Northwich, Britain, yesterday.。
At least one person has died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday, the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain.。
Since the first Omicron cases were detected on November 27 in Britain, Johnson has imposed tougher restrictions and on Sunday cautioned that the variant could overcome the immune defences of those inoculated with two shots of vaccines.。
Britain gave no details on the death other than the person had been diagnosed in hospital. It was not clear if the patient had been vaccinated or had underlying health issues.。
Deaths from Omicron may have occurred in other countries but none has been publicly confirmed yet outside Britain.。
"Sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron," Johnson told reporters at a vaccination center in London.。
"So I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus – I think that's something we need to set (to) one side – and just recognize the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population," Johnson added.。
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the variant now accounted for 44 percent of infections in London and would be the dominant strain in the capital within 48 hours. New Omicron infections are estimated at 200,000 per day, Javid said.。
Before the death was announced, Britain said 10 people had been hospitalized with Omicron in various parts of England. Their ages ranged from 18 to 85 years and most had received two vaccination doses.。
The UK Health Security Agency said Omicron, first detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong in late November, can overcome the immunity of those who have had two shots of vaccines such as AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech.。
South Africa's health ministry said it was unable to say with certainty if any of its COVID-19 deaths were caused by Omicron as deaths were not broken down by variant.。
The World Health Organization said on Sunday that while preliminary findings from South Africa suggest Omicron may be less severe than the Delta variant.。
All cases reported in Europe have been mild or asymptomatic, and remains unclear to what extent Omicron may be inherently less virulent.。
Johnson, now grappling with a rebellion in his party over measures to curb Omicron and an outcry over staff parties at his Downing Street office during last year's lockdowns, said people should rush to get booster vaccines to protect "our freedoms and our way of life."
He has also been criticized for overseeing mistakes in transferring patients into care homes, and for building a costly test-and-trace system that failed to stop a deadly second wave.。
Johnson has repeatedly said that while mistakes were made, the government was making decisions swiftly in the biggest public health crisis for generations and that it was quick to roll out vaccines.。
More than 146,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.。
Asked if he could rule out tougher restrictions in England before Christmas, Johnson avoided giving a direct answer. His health minister, Javid, said he knew of no plans for additional measures.。
"There are no plans that I am aware of for any further restrictions," Javid said.。