La Liga round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sevilla recorded a 2-1 victory at Valencia to move level on points with their opponents.Sevilla came from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Valencia in an action-packed encounter at the Mestalla.
The victory moves Sevilla into third spot, level on points with Valencia who lost their unbeaten home record in the process.
Bernardo Corradi should have put the hosts ahead in the first half but hit the bar from close range after Esteban had parried out Stefano Fiore's shot.
Carlos Aranda had a great opportunity to open the scoring three minutes after the break but was thwarted by a fine save from Santiago Canizares.
The Che moved ahead just before the hour mark when Corradi's cross was deflected into his own net by Aitor Ocio.
However, Sevilla were only behind for seven minutes before Julio Baptista slotted home from close range after outmuscling Emiliano Moretti.
Both sides then had a player sent off, Ruben Baraja for his second bookable offence, and Daniel Alves for a foolish shove on Carlos Marchena.
But it was Sevilla who stole maximum points, Aranda heading in at the at the far post after a right-wing corner had been flicked on on 81 minutes.
The striker blotted his copybook, though, by getting himself sent off two minutes from time for returning to the field of play without seeking the referee's consent - even though bizarrely he had already been substituted.
Atletico Madrid climbed into fourth place after a narrow home win over struggling Racing Santander.
The game was settled after just seven minutes when Fernando Torres headed home a right-wing cross from Jorge.
Los Rojiblancos were never at their best but held out against a shot-shy Racing outfit.
Osasuna won a thriller against Albacete 3-2 at Estadio El Sadar.
Francisco Punal and Vlado put the hosts in control, but Albacete fought back bravely and were level on 50 minutes after goals from Miguel Buades and Pablo Redondo.
However, the hosts clinched the spoils thanks to a David Lopez goal on 65 minutes.
Levante continued their impressive start to the new season after seeing off fellow new-boys Numancia 3-1.
Bernd Schuster's side were full value for their win which keeps them amongst the early pace-setters.
Bulgarian international Vladimir Manchev opened the scoring for Levante with a well-taken left-footed effort.
The visitors doubled the lead on the hour mark when Sergio Garcia converted a Felix Ettien cross, and two became three five minutes later as Nacho crashed home from the edge of the box.
Numancia pulled one back late on from Jaime Molina but it was no more than a consolation for the Soria-based side who remain in the relegation places.
Zaragoza joined Levante on 13 points after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad.
Victor Munoz's side moved ahead on the half hour mark when David Villa coverted from the spot after a debatable foul on Savio.
Sociedad restored parity with a penalty of their own five minutes later, Valery Karpin dispatched the spot-kick after Darko Kovacevic had been brought down by Luis Garcia.
Zaragoza's winner came midway through the second period after Kovacevic had struck a post; Savio capped a fine performance with a deft strike past the onrushing Asier Riesgo.
Athletic Bilbao edged out Malaga at San Mames courtesy of a thumping Ismael Urzaiz header after 33 minutes.
The future of Mallorca boss Benito Floro is very much in the balance after his side could only muster a 1-1 home draw with Villarreal.
Things started well for The Islanders when Luis Garcia curled home a free-kick after 18 minutes, and the striker should have doubled the advantage moments later but somehow shot over from close range.
It was to prove costly as Diego Forlan capitalised on some fine approach play from Juan Roman Riquelme to level on 21 minutes.
Click below for match summaries:
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Malaga
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Racing Santander
Mallorca 1-1 Villarreal
Numancia 1-3 Levante
Osasuna 3-2 Albacete
Real Zaragoza 2-1 Real Sociedad
Valencia 1-2 Sevilla
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