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La Liga Round 11 Results: Atletico Madrid bounce back and Malaga lose at home
Diego Simeone's men put the disappointment of defeat to Valencia behind them to comfortably beat Getafe, while there were wins for Real Sociedad and Zaragoza
By Martin Macdonald
Betis wasted the opportunity to go above Real Madrid in the league as they succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Granada on Friday evening.
The visitors took the lead after just eight minutes when Dani Benitez found space down the left and pulled the ball back for Gabriel Torje, who screwed a left foot shot past Adrian in the Betis goal.
The home side did manage to get back into the match just after the hour mark when excellent wing play from Alex Martinez set up Ruben Castro near the penalty spot. The 31-year-old finished off the move with an accomplished volley.
However, Granada grabbed the winner 15 minutes from time when Nyom slid a pass through for Mikel Rico, who lashed a left-footed strike across goal into the bottom corner.
Rayo Vallecano scored three goals in 30 minutes to fightback from two down to seal a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon.
Iago Aspas had given the home side an excellent start when he latched on to two passes through the middle and slotted past David Cobeno with a pair of near identical finishes. However, Gustavo Cabral’s dismissal just before the break signalled a turning of the tide.
It took them just under an hour, but Rayo eventually scored when Jose Casado’s cross was headed home by Leo Baptistao. They found an equaliser 18 minutes from time when Piti met Alejandro Dominguez’s cross to bullet a header into the net.
The comeback was complete in the 82nd minute when Piti slotted home a penalty after Andres Tunez pulled down Andrija Delibasic inside the area.
La Liga’s bottom side, Osasuna, ended a run of five straight away defeats on Saturday when they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Espanyol at Cornella-El Prat.
They took the lead halfway through the first-half when Alvaro Cejudo found space inside the area and found enough composure to send the ball into the top corner. The 29-year-old then turned provider just after the hour mark when his pass across goal was tapped in at the back post by Kike Sola.
The win was rounded off 13 minutes before the final whistle when substitute Manuel Omwu drilled the ball past Christian Alvarez from the edge of the area. The result leaves Osasuna now just one point behind Espanyol in the Spanish Primera Division
Real Zaragoza came from behind to earn a 5-3 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, in an eight-goal thriller on Saturday evening.
The away side sped into a two-goal lead in the first-half thanks to a lovely chipped finish from Bruno Gama and a composed Riki strike, but Zaragoza claimed a lifeline just before the break when Apono converted a penalty.
The hosts equalised and then went in front in a five minute period just past the hour mark when Francisco Montanes volleyed home and Alvaro nodded in at the near post. Helder Postiga then took the game beyond Deportivo with a couple of excellent headed goals to make it 5-2.
Bodipo netted in the last minute to make the scoreline slightly more respectable for the visitors, but it was nothing more than a mere consolation.
Real Sociedad secured their first win in four Liga matches with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Malaga at La Rosaleda.
Malaga went into the game on the back of an excellent midweek, having qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League, but they found themselves behind in the first minute when Carlos Vela tapped home Diego Ifran’s cross.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men managed to find an equaliser eight minutes before half-time when Javier Saviola picked up the ball at the back post, following a corner, and smashed home a half-volley.
However, Sociedad deservedly found the winning goal on the hour mark when the ball fell kindly to Xabi Prieto inside the area, and he showed great composure to take the ball around Willy Caballero and slot home.
Valencia avoided defeat in a Liga away match for the first time in five games when they drew 1-1 with Valladolid on Sunday morning.
The visitors took the lead after just 15 minutes when Aly Cissokho was in the right place at the right time to bundle home Andres Guardado’s cross at the back post.
However, the former Lyon man would turn into the villain 25 minutes from time when he denied Omar Ramos’s goalscoring opportunity and was shown a red card. Victor Perez stepped up to dispatch the penalty and earn a point for the hosts.
Two first half strikes from Oscar de Marcos and Markel Susaeta were enough for Athletic Bilbao to run out narrow 2-1 winners over Sevilla at San Mames.
The opener came just before the half-hour mark when Jon Aurtenetxe picked out De Marco on the edge of the area. The Athletic man found the top corner with a fantastic strike to put his side ahead. Susaeta made it two just before the break when he latched on to Aritz Aduriz’s flick-on to squeeze a volley past Andres Palop.
Things could have turned sour for the hosts after Ander Herrera was sent off and Alvaro Negredo pulled one back with a penalty kick, but they showed resilience to hold on for a vital three points.
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