La Liga Round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol were held to a disappointing goalless draw at bottom club Numancia.
Espanyol missed the chance to move into second place in the table after being held to a disappointing goalless draw at bottom club Numancia.
Sevilla consolidated their place in fifth spot with a 2-1 win over Real Betis.
The home side got off to a flying start with Daniel Alves firing Sevilla in front after just three minutes.
Fernando drew Real Betis level two minutes before the break, but Javi Navarro grabbed the winner for Sevilla two minutes into the second half.
To compound matters for Real Betis Luis Fernandez was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.
Atletico Madrid moved into the top six after a narrow 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna at Vicente Calderon.
Antonio Lopez grabbed the all-important winning goal for Atletico on 27 minutes to inflict another defeat on Deportivo.
Osasuna picked up an impressive 2-1 win at struggling Mallorca.
Two first half goals from Valdo (32,40) put Osasuna in firm control and although Jesus Perera pulled a goal back ten minutes from time for Mallorca Osasuna held on for the spoils.
Getafe climbed out of the bottom three with a hard-earned 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad.
Turkish international Nihat Kahveci fired Sociedad in front on 70 minutes, but the hosts were reduced to ten men seven minutes later with Asier Riesgo seeing red for a professional foul.
Getafe made their numerical advantage count with Mariano Pernia grabbing an equaliser ten minutes from time.
Athletic Bilbao climbed above Real Zaragoza in the table with a 2-0 win at La Romareda.
Two second half goals from Santiago Ezquerro (53,78) proved to be enough to give Bilbao all three points.
Villarreal moved into the top half of the table with a convincing 3-0 victory over Malaga.
Juan Pena broke the deadlock for the hosts right on the stroke of half time and Argentine ace Juan Riquelme Riquelme doubled the lead on 65 minutes.
Former Manchester United man Diego Forlan sealed the win with the third goal seven minutes from time.
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