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La Liga Round 9 Results: Atletico maintain pace with Barcelona at the top of the table and Athletic lose again
Diego Simeone's men comfortably dispatched Osasuna on Sunday night to go level on points with the Catalans, meanwhile there were wins for Getafe and Zaragoza
By Martin Macdonald
The honours were even at Cornella-El Prat on Saturday afternoon as Espanyol and Malaga played out a 0-0 stalemate.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were coming off a superb 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League, but were unable to build upon the result and were largely frustrated by the struggling hosts for the majority of the match.
Martin Demichelis came closest to opening the scoring in the first half for the visitors but saw a couple of headed attempts go wide of the mark. Malaga did come within inches of stealing the points in the dying minutes when Roque Santa Cruz glanced a low header towards the bottom corner only to see Espanyol goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez turn the ball round the post.
Real Betis temporarily moved into the Champions League positions with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Valencia at the Benito Villamarin on Saturday afternoon.
The home side went ahead in just the ninth minute when Salva Sevilla latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the area to drill a shot at goal that proved too hot to handle for Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves.
Roberto Soldado had the best chances to claw a goal back for Loc Che but saw a header flash wide of the post before being denied by Adrian in the last minute when the Betis goalkeeper came out on top of a one-on-one situation.
A goal each from Mario Bermejo and Juan Dominguez in the first half saw the Galician derby between Celta Vigo and Deportivo end in a 1-1 draw.
The hosts managed to edge ahead in the eighth minute when Bermejo latched on to Iago Aspas' saved shot to slot home from close range. However, Depor equalised just before the half-hour mark when Juan Valeron slipped a pass into the path of Dominguez, who squeezed a shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
Deportivo looked to have been awarded an advantage in the 52nd minute when Gustavo Cabral was given his marching orders after earning a second yellow card for a foul on Riki, but the game ended all square despite the 10 men of Celta pushing for a winner.
Real Zaragoza netted twice in the last 10 minutes of the first half to earn a 2-1 victory over Sevilla at La Romareda.
Helder Postiga danced past the challenges of Alberto Botia and Andres Palop to pass into the empty net nine minutes before the break. The hosts doubled their lead moments before the half-time whistle when Cristian Sapunaru rose highest in the area to head home Victor Rodriguez’s free kick.
The visitors pegged one back with 20 minutes remaining when Glenn Loovens failed to clear Gary Medel's headed attempt at goal. But the damage had been done and Zaragoza held out to claim another valuable win.
Levante recorded their fourth win on the bounce thanks to a double from Obafemi Martins and a strike from Pedro Rios against Granada on Sunday afternoon.
The Nigerian struck first when he took advantage of some lackadaisical defending from Inigo Lopez to steal possession and fire the ball past visiting goalkeeper Tono. The 28-year-old struck again on the hour mark when he bulldozed his way through the opposition defence before slipping a shot underneath the keeper.
Rios continued his goalscoring form and put the game beyond Granada 17 minutes from time when he capped off an excellent move from the hosts by sweeping home for the third.
Youssef El-Arabi pulled a goal back for Juan Antonio Anquela's side with a slammed shot past Gustavo Munua, but it proved to be no more than a consolation.
A goal in either half from Getafe compounded more early season misery for Athletic Bilbao as the capital club overcame the Basque side 2-1 at San Mames.
Marcelo Bielsa's men had only won two league matches heading into this encounter, and they got off to a poor start when Juan Rodriguez headed home Pedro Leon's cross after just 11 minutes.
Alvaro Vasquez doubled the lead just before the hour mark when he volleyed home from close range. Mikel San Jose netted from Ismael Lopez's corner in the final minute to claw a goal back, but it was too little, too late for Athletic.
Atletico Madrid maintained pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Osasuna at the Vicente Calderon.
A five-minute salvo just after the half-hour mark gave the hosts a commanding lead. First, Miranda flicked the ball into the net following Gabi’s free kick, before Raul Garcia took advantage of a miscue from Javi Arribas to fire home from inside the area.
Osasuna got themselves back into contention two minutes before half-time in spectacular fashion when Roland Lamah curled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.
However, prolific striker Radamel Falcao was not to be outdone in the goalscoring stakes, and took the game beyond the visitors 17 minutes from time when he expertly stayed onside before turning a volley past goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.
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