Athletic Bilbao end dismal run of form with win at Granada, while Sevilla are held by Levante
Aritz Aduriz's first-half brace helped Athletic Bilbao to a first away win of the season at fellow strugglers Granada.
Last Updated: 04/11/12 11:07pm
Aritz Aduriz's first-half brace ensured Athletic Bilbao ended their recent dismal run of form with their first away win of the season at fellow strugglers Granada.
Aduriz opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute and then doubled the visitors' lead in the 27th minute with a fantastic strike.
Although Youssef El Arabi pulled one back eight minutes after the interval, Bilbao held on to halt a run of three successive defeats in all competitions.
It helped Los Leones move away from the Primera Division drop zone and boss Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping the win can kickstart their season.
Sevilla's reliance on the goals of Alvara Negredo cost them tonight as they made all the running but were held to a frustrating goalless draw at home to Levante.
The former Real Madrid forward had scored half of the Rojiblancos 12 league goals prior to Sunday night, and with him unable to fire they had to settle for a point.
Ten-man Osasuna remained rooted to the foot of the table after Patrick Ebert's late goal handed Real Valladolid all three points at El Sadar.
Kike Sola had wasted a gilt-edged chance to put the hosts ahead with 18 minutes remaining but the game swung in the visitors' favour three minutes later when Ruben Gonzalez was sent off after collecting a second yellow card.
And Valladolid took full advantage as a rapid counter-attack from an Osasuna corner saw Ebert go through on goal and he took his time before chipping the ball beautifully over Andres Fernandez for his second goal in two games.
Diego Colotto's first goal for Espanyol handed the Catalans a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad - their first away win of the campaign.
It was Sociedad though who carried the greater threat for the first hour as Imanol Agirretxe was denied by a goal-line clearance by Sergio Garcia and Asier Illarramendi saw a spectacular 30-yard volley turned over by Cristian Alvarez.
However, the Basques were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal and were hit with a sucker punch 12 minutes from time as Colotto was on hand to tap home after Hector Moreno had kept the ball alive from Joan Verdu's corner.
The win moved Espanyol up to third from bottom, a point and a place behind Deportivo La Coruna.
Depor on Sunday got their first win since the opening game of the season as Bruno Gama's fine individual goal was enough to see off Real Mallorca at the Riazor.
The Portuguese winger was a threat to the visitors' defence all afternoon and showed great skill to open up a shooting chance for himself before firing low past Dudu Aouate in the 30th minute.
Gama and Pizzi also hit the woodwork for the hosts in the second-half but despite a late flurry of long-range efforts from Mallorca they held on to move out of the relegation zone.