La Liga Round-Up: Recreativo Stun Malaga, Negredo Sinks Getafe

Saturday February 28 2009 (CET)
20:00 Athletic 1-2 Sevilla (report)
22:00 Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid (report)
Sunday March 1
17:00 Almeria 2-1 Getafe
17:00 Racing 1-1 Osasuna
17:00 Sporting Gijon 0-1 Mallorca
17:00 Malaga 0-2 Recreativo
17:00 Numancia 0-1 Deportivo (report)
19:00 Atletico L-L Barcelona (live)
19:00 Valencia L-L Valladolid
21:00 Betis L-L Villarreal

Almeria 2-1 Getafe

Almeria fought back from a goal down to seal three priceless points at home to struggling Getafe.

The Azulones took the lead after just six minutes through Joffe Guerron, who got the last touch on a goalmouth scramble after Roberto Soldado had hit the bar.

But a mere ten minutes later, Alvaro Negredo equalised with his 14th goal of the season following a wonderful ball across goal from Mane.

Both sides had their chances heading towards the break, but Negredo was to be the next one on target yet again just after the hour mark after waltzing past Cata Diaz and beating Jacobo.

Cata Diaz came close to equalising fifteen minutes from time, but Geta were to suffer their first defeat in four after that run of consecutive draws.

Racing Santander 1-1 CA Osasuna

An exciting match at the Sardinero saw these near-neighbours end up with honours even.

Racing started brilliantly, Roberto having to be at his best to deny Gonzalo Colsa early on, and they were not to be denied the lead. Oscar Serrano made it 1-0 after 13 minutes, the left winger teaming up well with Jonathan Pereira and Toni Moral to score from a narrow angle.

Osasuna felt that this goal was offside, but they got off lightly minutes later after Natxo Monreal appeared to foul Jonathan Pereira in the box.

The Rojillos, indeed, were all at sea, but they recovered just before the break as Walter Pandiani took advantage of his unmarked status to head home Juanfran's cross for the equaliser.

On the hour mark Miguel Flano had the ball in the net, but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside.

Racing finished the stronger of the two sides after this scare, but they couldn't quite find that winner.

Sporting Gijon 0-1 RCD Mallorca

Mallorca climbed out of the dropzone with a convincing victory over an out-of-sorts Sporting outfit.

Sporting should have opened the scoring after just eight minutes, but Michel Madera contrived to shoot off-target when the goal was absolutely and utterly at his mercy.

He was to pay for that as Mallorca went on to control the first half and then open the scoring in the second.

Four minutes after the break Juan Arango found the back of the net with devilish free-kick from just outside the area.

Only the good work of Inaki Lafuente prevented Sporting from conceding a second as the home fans whistled and booed their way to full time.

Malaga 0-2 Recreativo de Huelva

Recreativo Huelva managed just their third away win of the season with a convincing victory over ten man Malaga.

The first half was a largely dull affair until just after the half hour mark when Lolo was sent off for what referee Rubinos Perez judged to be an elbow on Jesus Vazquez.

With Recre having the midfield supremacy now, they proceeded to rack up the win. Javier Camunas opened the scoring after the break with a neat shot from the edge of the area, and Jesus Vazquez then hit the post with Inaki Goitia beaten.

Then it really was 2-0 thanks to Adrian Colunga, who took advantage of a superb through ball from Camunas on the break to beat the 'keeper one-on-one.

Salva Ballesta almost pulled one back, but the damage was done.

Ewan Macdonald,