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La Liga Round Up: Espanyol Maintain 100% Home Record; Malaga And Getafe Record Wins

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Saturday 4 December

Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid (see report)

Osasuna 0-3 Barcelona (see report)

Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia (see report)

Sunday 5 December

Malaga 4-1 Racing

Malaga produced their best home performance of the season to trounce Racing 4-1 at La Rosaleda.

A stunning volley from winger Eliseu opened the scoring, striking a Dudu corner first time to send the ball whizzing into the corner past Tono, and the tone for the match was set.

Recio struck another sweet effort from outside the area before the interval, and although Markus Rosenberg pulled a goal back with a tidy finish, The Boquerones were not to be denied.

Promising striker Jose Rondon struck twice in the space of three second-half minutes, his first a controlled finish into the corner, then secured the points when he headed home the impressive Eliseu’s cross into the area.

The win catapults the Andalucian side out of the relegation zone, just a point behind the Verdiblancos, who remain in trouble.

Getafe 3-0 Mallorca

Pedro Rios was the star of the show as he inspired Getafe to a comfortable win over Mallorca at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

The 28-year-old winger scored a superb strike in the victory at Sevilla last weekend, but his opening goal against the Islanders was even more special, slipping past two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot into Dudu Aouate’s top left-hand corner.

Seven minutes later, Rios doubled the advantage, providing the finish touch to a Miku pass, and the Azulones were completely in control.

Daniel Parejo rounded off the win with a killer third ten minutes from time, coolly converting an assist from Victor Sanchez, to give coach Michel breathing space courtesy of their second league win in a week.

Almeria 1-1 Zaragoza

Zaragoza missed the opportunity to edge out of the relegation zone when they succumbed to a late equaliser from Almeria’s Pablo Piatti.

Javier Aguirre looked like grabbing his first win as coach of the Blanquillos when Gabi struck a penalty on 67 minutes following a foul on Lafita inside the area.

But Piatti managed to bundle home a leveller twelve minutes from time from a Kalu Uche, although a draw is a result that neither side really would have wanted, with both sides having won just one match each all season, and Almeria slide to the foot of the table as a result.

Espanyol 1-0 Sporting

Espanyol’s astonishing home record continued with a win over Sporting this afternoon, but they were made to work extremely hard for the three points.

The Rojiblancos gave as good as they got against the Blanc i Blau, who have collected maximum points on their own patch, and their aspirations of adding a seventh consecutive win at the Cornella-El Prat took a jolt when Raul Baena was dismissed on 52 minutes for a second bookable offence.

But Mauricio Pochettino’s Champions League challengers are made of stern stuff this season, and eventually found the breakthrough on 70 minutes thanks to striker Luis Garcia.

Pablo Osvaldo slipped a precise pass into his path, and he placed his chance past Juan Colinas, for the goal that proved enough to solidify Espanyol’s top four position, and simultaneously leave Sporting deep in the relegation mire.

Villarreal - Sevilla 18:00 GMT

Real Sociedad - Athletic Bilbao 20:00 GMT

Monday 6 December

Deportivo - Hercules 20:00 GMT

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