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Deportivo La Coruña
La Liga Round 10 Results: Atletico lose their first La Liga game of the season and Malaga are defeated at home
Goals from Roberto Soldado and Nelson Valdez inflicted the first loss of the season on Diego Simeone's men, while Manuel Pellegrini's side suffer a loss at La Rosaleda
By Martin Macdonald
A goal in either half from Piti saw Rayo come out winners over Malaga at La Rosaleda on Saturday, a result which inflicted the first home defeat of the season for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
The Madrid side scored first for the fourth time in five away matches in the 11th minute when Leo Baptistao’s shot-cum-cross was side-footed into the net by Piti.
However, the visitors were pegged back just after the break when Martin Demichelis found himself in plenty of space inside the box to head home from a free-kick.
Conceding the equaliser ignited Rayo back into life, however, and they found the winning goal on the hour mark when skillful play from Leo saw the Brazilian tee up Piti inside the box, and the 31-year-old stabbed the ball past Willy Caballero to earn the narrow win.
A goal from Roberto Soldado and a last-minute strike from Nelson Valdez saw Valencia subject Atletico Madrid to their first defeat of the season with a win at the Mestalla.
Atletico arguably had the best of the early exchanges, but it was Valencia who scored the opening goal after 20 minutes, in truly spectacular fashion.
Adil Rami clipped a ball into the box from a deep position and Soldado allowed the ball to drop over his shoulder before superbly volleying into the top left corner.
The last few minutes of the match were filled with drama. Ricardo Costa saw red after he was judged to have struck Raul Garcia with his arm. The Valencia man followed in the footsteps of manager Mauricio Pellegrino who had been sent to the stand earlier in the game.
Nelson Valdez sealed the win for Valencia in the last minute when he latched on to Sofiane Feghouli’s through pass to take the ball round Thibaut Courtois and pass home.
Espanyol closed the gap between themselves and 17th placed Real Sociedad to a point after a solitary strike from Diego Colotto sealed victory at the Anoeta.
It was Sociedad who carried the biggest threat for the opening hour of the match, and had several opportunities to take the lead.
Imanol Agirretxe was denied by a goal-line clearance by Sergio Garcia and Asier Illarramendi saw a 30-yard strike terrifically tipped round the post by Cristian Alvarez.
However, the Catalan side took advantage of Sociedad’s wasteful finishing 13 minutes from time when Hector Moreno somehow managed to stab the ball into the path of Colotto whilst on the deck, and the 31-year-old scored with an easy finish to earn the vital victory.
Deportivo secured their first win since the opening day of La Liga season with a narrow win over Mallorca at the Riazor on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts scored with their first real chance of the match on the half-hour mark when Bruno Gama showed good skill to throw the defenders a dummy on the edge of the box before rifiling in his first goal of the campaign.
Depor came within inches of doubling their lead twice in the second half but were denied by the woodwork on both occasions.
Gama saw his chipped effort clip the crossbar and Pizzi’s free-kick also struck the woodwork. It would eventually not matter, though, as the home side held out for an important three points.
A late Patrick Ebert goal for Valladolid gave the visiting side a win over Osasuna on Sunday evening, a result which leaves the hosts still rooted to the bottom of the Spanish Primera Division.
The first half was a non-event, with neither side registering a meaningful strike on goal, but the game eventually swung in favour of Valladolid after Ruben Gonzalez was given his marching orders following a second yellow card after a soft foul on Ebert.
The Pucela prospered once Osasuna went a man down and Ebert won the points for his side with just under 10 minutes to go when he broke through on goal and beautifully chipped Andres Fernandez to heap more league misery on the home side.
A double from Aritz Aduriz saw Athletic secure victory away to Granada in the Spanish Primera Division on Sunday night.
The former Valencia man got the visitors off to a great start when he was fouled inside the area by Pape Diakhate. He got up and dusted himself off to successfully dispatch the penalty kick.
He eventually doubled his tally just before the half-hour mark when he picked up the ball following an Athletic counter-attack and lashed the ball into the bottom left corner from the inside right channel.
Youssef El-Arabi clawed one back for the visitors shortly after the break with a driven left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, but Athletic displayed resilience to maintain their one goal advantage and see out the win.
Sevilla and Levante played out a frustrating goalless stalemate at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday evening.
The home side peppered Gustavo Munua’s goal with strikes all night, but only a powerful drive from Papa Diawara in the second half called the Levante goalkeeper into serious action.
Míchel Gonzalez’s side had a golden opportunity to take the lead towards the end of the match when Jose Campana’a deflected strike cannoned off the post. Diawara stepped up and should have scored with the goal at his mercy, but ballooned over, summing up a lacklustre night for Sevilla.
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