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The economic woes of Racing Santander are liable to compromise the team's potential on the field. The club's coffers are empty and the only way to rescue the team may be to sell off some of its star players to the highest bidders. One of the team's prime assets is Yossi Benayoun.

Tottenham is interested in the young star from the Negev, but Benayoun may have his sight set on Deportivo Coruna, which has entered the competition for his services.

Meanwhile, Racing Santander was clobbered yesterday 4-0 by Sevilla, which claimed its first points in three outings and first away win of the season with a classy double from Brazilian striker Julio Baptista

In other Spanish league action, Athletic Bilbao surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Real Zaragoza yesterday, missing its chance to move up to fifth place in the Primera Liga.

Champions Real Madrid went top of the Primera Liga Wednesday after a 2-0 win over neighbors Atletico in the Madrid derby.

Real leads the table with 30 points from 14 games, while Valencia, who drew 0-0 at Real Sociedad on Tuesday, follow with 28 and Deportivo Coruna has 27.

Bilbao made the early running against Zaragoza yesterday and deservedly took the lead on 12 minutes when Francisco Yeste fired a 25-meter free kick over the defensive wall and into the top corner. Just over 10 minutes later, the Basque side extended their lead when Tiko collected the ball just outside the area, swerved to the right and then stabbed home inside the left-hand post.

But Zaragoza fought back strongly and, two minutes later, a defensive mix-up on the edge of the Bilbao area allowed David Villa to pounce on a loose ball. He turned sharply and drilled home with his right.

The home side had two good chances to equalize before the break, but finally pulled level two minutes into the second half when Villa headed in at the near post after a magnificent cross from Argentine winger Luciano Galletti.