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Diego Simeone's men return to second place in La Liga and Mauricio Pochettino's side are still rooted to the bottom of the table, meanwhile there are wins for Malaga and Sociedad


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Round 6 Results

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VALENCIA
2 0 REAL ZARAGOZA

A goal in either half from Valencia saw the hosts overcome Real Zaragoza 2-0 at Mestalla on Saturday afternoon and secured their second league win of the season.

Confidence was not high amongst home crowd before the game with Valencia having picked up just five points so far this season. But the worries were curbed in the 12th minute when Sofiane Feghouli took two bites of the cherry inside the area to slot home with his second attempt.

Both sides were unlucky not to find the net minutes after the break as both Jonas and Victor Rodriguez saw attempts cannon off the woodwork. However, the win was sealed for the hosts just before the hour mark when Jonathan Viera peeled away to the back post and found space to guide the ball into the bottom corner. Zaragoza were given a lifeline moments later when Feghouli was sent off following a second yellow card, but Valencia held out for the three points.

 

MALAGA
4 0 REAL BETIS

Malaga climbed to third place in the Spanish Primera Division after an impressive 4-0 victory over Betis at La Rosaleda.

Betis got off to the worst possible start when goalkeeper Casto was sent off in the 11th minute after bringing down Eliseu as the last man. Joaquin confidently dispatched the penalty and got the hosts off to a flyer.

Malaga doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Francisco Portillo squared the ball into Javier Saviola to tap home for his third goal of the season.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men secured the victory with 20 minutes remaining when Antonio Amaya deflected the ball into his own net following Nacho Monreal’s cross. Isco rounded off the victory with a delightful chip over substitute goalkeeper Adrian to make it 4-0.

 

SEVILLA
2 3 BARCELONA
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REAL SOCIEDAD
2 0 ATHLETIC BILBAO

Real Sociedad secured their first win in the Basque derby for two-and-a-half years on Saturday night with a 2-0 victory over rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Antoine Griezmann looked the most likely player to find the deadlock and saw two vicious strikes at goal well saved by Gorka Iraizoz in the first-half. However, he eventually found a goal in the 62nd minute when he latched on to an Imanol Agirretxe pass on the edge of the area to drag a shot into the bottom left corner.

The game was put beyond Marcelo Bielsa’s men 18 minutes from time when Fernando Amorebieta handled in the area and was subsequently shown his second yellow card of the match. Carlos Vela stepped up to slot home the penalty and seal a victory that the Sociedad fans will celebrate for some time.

GRANADA
2 1 CELTA VIGO

All three goals were scored in the opening 20 minutes as Granada narrowly defeated Celta Vigo 2-1  at Los Carmenes on Sunday morning.

The promoted side found themselves in the back foot after just 11 minutes when Gabriel Torje was fouled inside the area by Carlos Bellvis. Guillherme Siqueira confidently fired home the penalty to give the hosts the lead.

The home side doubled their lead six minutes later when  Siqueira went on a marauding run down the left and whipped a ball into the centre for Torje, who swept home. Celta were given a ray of hope three minutes later when Iago Aspas took advantage of a Borja Gomez mistake to drive through on goal and lash the ball past Granada goalkeeper Tono.

Despite the scare in the first-half, Granada managed to hold on for the next 70 minutes of the match to earn a vital three points.

REAL VALLADOLID
6 1 RAYO

It was the joy of six for Valladolid on Sunday afternoon as doubles from Manucho and Oscar Gonzalez helped the hosts on their way to an emphatic 6-1 victory over Rayo at the Nuevo Jose Zorilla Stadium.

However, it was the away side who took the lead after five minutes when Alejandro Dominguez fired a shot into the far corner from the left-hand side. However, two goals within three minutes in the first quarter of an hour turned the game on its head. Alberto Bueno’s superb volley into the far corner was swiftly followed by Manucho’s towering header at the back post.

Oscar grabbed his first in the 21st minute with lovely chip over Ruben Martinez, and Antonio Rukavina added number four with a drilled strike into the top left corner from the right-hand side of the box.

Oscar scored his second goal of the match 10 minutes after half-time when he was sent through on goal by Manucho. The rout was completed four minutes from time with Patrick Ebert squaring the ball into the middle for Manuncho, and the former Manchester United man fired home to earn his brace, and a memorable victory for the club.

OSASUNA
4 0 LEVANTE

A second half rally from Osasuna saw Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side comfortably dispatch of Levante with a 4-0 victory at Reyno de Navarra on Sunday night.

The first half-was a relative non-event with neither side able to generate any meaningful chances. However, the breakthrough was eventually made 10 minutes after half-time when Emiliano Armenteros latched on to Alvaro Cejudo’s strike off the post and managed to smash home from six yards after a goalmouth scramble. The hosts doubled their lead eight minutes from time when Roland Lamah was first to react to Gustavo Munua’s parried save to tap home.

Two goals in the dying minutes doubled Osasuna’s lead to four. David Timor slotted home a penalty kick and Nino rounded off the victory by rifling a shot into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.

REAL MADRID
5 1 DEPORTIVO
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ESPANYOL
0 1 ATLETICO

A solitary goal by Raul Garcia was enough for Atletico Madrid to return to second place in the Spanish Primera Division with a 1-0 win against Espanyol on Sunday night.

The Barcelona side are perilously placed bottom of La Liga and despite a spirited performance at Estadi Cornella-El Prat, Diego Simeone’s men continued their impressive form.

The all-important goal was scored on the half-hour mark when Juanfran found space on the right and whipped a fantastic cross into the centre for Raul Garcia to bullet into the net.

Atletico probed for a second but Cristian Alvarez pulled off a number of good saves towards the end of the match, keeping the winning margin to one for the visitors.

GETAFE
1 0 MALLORCA

Getafe moved out of the bottom two on Monday evening after narrowly defeating an in-form Mallorca side 1-0 at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

The Islanders had previously been unbeaten in the Spanish Primera Division this season, but a solitary goal from Diego Castro secured the vital win for the hosts.

The home side were on the back foot for the majority of the match after Ximo Navarro saw red in just the 10th minute after a professional foul on Castro.

Mallorca held out for the first-half, but the numerical advantage of Getafe soon proved too much for the backline of the visitors, and the home side took the lead four minutes after the restart when Castro guided Pedro Leon’s cross into the net past Dudu Aouate.

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