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Osasuna hold Real Madrid to goalless draw, Barca lose again******
MADRID, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid moved to the top of La Liga on goal difference from Sevilla, Real Betis and Real Sociedad after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Osasuna on Wednesday night.
In the first 45 minutes, Real Madrid were limited by a serious defensive display by Osasuna's back five, and an insistence on constantly looking for Vinicius Jr as their main attacking outlet.
Jon Moncayola hit the post for Osasuna four minutes after the restart after good work from Chimy Avila, while at the other end, Karim Benzema smacked a curling shot against the woodwork.
Real Madrid continued to attack down the wings in the second half, but every ball they sent into the Osasuna penalty area was repelled by the visitors' rock-solid defense, and although Marcelo and Casemiro both went close in the final minutes, Osasuna claimed a point to show their current sixth place is no fluke.
Real Sociedad will return to the top if they take a point from their visit to Celta Vigo on Thursday.
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was sacked after his side lost 1-0 away to Rayo Vallecano.
Radamel Falcao's 30th minute goal separated the two sides as Barca tried but failed to find an equalizer in the second half, with Memphis Depay seeing a 71st minute penalty well saved by Rayo keeper Stole Dimitrievski, who also claimed the rebound.
Sergio Aguero, Gavi and Luuk de Jong all went close for Barca, but Koeman's side failed to find an equalizer and have not won any of their last five away games this season.
Sevilla thought that Lucas Ocampos had scored a late winner to overturn Antonio Sanchez's first-half opener for Real Mallorca.
However, his strike was ruled offside and the two teams shared the points with Erik Lamela's powerful shot leveling for Sevilla 15 minutes from time.
Real Betis are also right in the battle for the top four after thrashing Valencia 4-1. Borja Iglesias put Betis 2-0 ahead, and although Gabriel Paulista's 39th minute goal gave Valencia brief hope, second-half strikes from German Pezzella and Juanmi rounded off a comfortable win for Betis.
Valencia have taken just three points from their last seven matches, and with games against Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad on the horizon, Jose Bordalas needs to see a rapid improvement.
Atletico and Real Sociedad both play on Thursday, while Tuesday saw Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao draw 1-1, while Alaves beat Elche 1-0 and Villarreal and Cadiz drew 3-3. Enditem
Almost 100 dead as Typhoon Rai devastates the Philippines******
Almost 100 people have been confirmed killed in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, official tallies showed yesterday, as efforts to deliver water and food to devastated islands ramped up.。
More than 300,000 people fled their homes and beachfront resorts as Typhoon Rai ravaged the southern and central regions of the archipelago.。
The storm knocked out communications and electricity in many areas, ripped off roofs, damaged hospitals, toppled concrete power poles and flooded villages.。
Arthur Yap, governor of the popular tourist destination Bohol, said on his official Facebook page that mayors on the devastated island had so far reported 63 deaths in their towns.。
Ten people also died on the Dinagat Islands, said provincial information officer Jeffrey Crisostomo.。
That took the overall number of reported deaths to 99, according to the latest official figures.。
But the toll was likely to rise as disaster agencies assessed the full extent of the death and destruction from the storm across the vast archipelago.。
Rai smashed into the country on Thursday as a super typhoon packing wind speeds of 195 kilometers per hour.。
Thousands of military, police, coast guard and fire personnel are being deployed to assist in search and rescue efforts in the worst-affected areas.。
Coast guard and naval vessels carrying food, water and medical supplies are dispatched, while heavy machinery – like backhoes and front-end loaders – are sent to help clear roads blocked by fallen power poles and trees.。
"It's going to be a long, tough road for people to rebuild and get their lives back on track," said Alberto Bocanegra, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Philippines.。
The organization appealed for 20 million Swiss francs (US$21.6 million) to fund urgent relief and recovery efforts.。
An aerial survey of damage to parts of Bohol – known for its beaches, rolling "Chocolate Hills," and tiny tarsier primates – showed "our people have suffered greatly," Yap said.。
There has also been widespread destruction on Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao islands, which bore the brunt of Rai.。
Aerial photos shared by the military showed severe damage in the Siargao town of General Luna, where many surfers and holidaymakers had flocked ahead of Christmas, with buildings stripped of roofs and debris littering the ground.。
Tourists were being evacuated from the island yesterday by plane and boat.。
A resident walking past a damaged electricity pylon in Del Carmen town in Surigao del Norte province, days after Super Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines.。
Debris, shattered glass。
Dinagat Governor Arlene Bag-ao has said the damage to the island's landscape was "reminiscent if not worse" than that caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.。
Haiyan, called Yolanda in the Philippines, was the deadliest cyclone on record in the country, leaving more than 7,300 people dead or missing.。
"I saw how Typhoon Odette tore the provincial capitol building apart, piece by piece," Dinagat PIO Crisostomo told radio station DZBB, using the local name for Rai. "Big tables as heavy as a man went flying during the onslaught of the storm."
In Surigao City, on the northern tip of Mindanao, shattered glass from smashed windows, roofing, power lines and other debris were scattered in the streets.。
Tricycle driver Rey Jamile, 57, braved flooded streets and "flying" sheets of corrugated iron roofing to get his family to safety at a school evacuation center.。
"The wind was very strong," he said, adding he was struggling to find water and food.。
Scientists have long warned that typhoons and other storms are becoming more powerful and strengthening more rapidly as the world becomes warmer because of human-driven climate change.。