Primera Liga round-up
Malaga beat Rayo Vallecano 4-2, while Sevilla got back on track with a 3-0 victory at Racing Santander and Espanyol drew with Real Betis.
Last Updated: 22/03/12 11:18pm
Malaga beat Rayo Vallecano 4-2 to keep up their push for a UEFA Champions League spot, while Sevilla got back on track with a 3-0 victory at Racing Santander and Espanyol drew with Real Betis.
Malaga drew level with fourth-placed Levante after coming from behind to defeat Rayo Vallecano and stretch their unbeaten run to five games.
Diego Costa opened the scoring for Vallecano from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Emiliano Armenteros had been brought down by Jesus Gamez.
Salomon Rondon equalised before half-time with a header from Eliseu's cross and then grabbed his second goal of the night just before the hour mark to fire Malaga in front.
Enzo Maresca nodded in a third to give Malaga some breathing space but Vallecano set up a tense finale when Roberto Trashorras scored their second spot-kick.
Duda quickly re-established Malaga's two-goal advantage and this time Vallecano could not respond.
Manu scored twice as Sevilla returned to winning ways to boost their European hopes and increase Racing Santander's relegation worries.
The visitors came into the match on the back of two straight Primera Division defeats but went in front in the first half thanks to Jesus Navas' opportunist strike.
Manu's low shot doubled their lead early in the second half and from then on Racing never seriously looked like mounting a fightback as their winless run grew to 10 games.
Their misery deepened when Papakouli Diop was sent off 11 minutes from time and Manu's second in stoppage time completed a night to forget for the hosts.
Espanyol striker Walter Pandiani secured a 1-1 draw in stoppage time to extend Real Betis' winless streak to five games.
After a poor first half, Ruben Castro had headed the hosts in front from Michael Pereira's cross with 18 minutes remaining.