BARCA SINK MALLORCA TO GO TOP
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Spanish international midfielder Luis Enrique put the home side in control with a quick-fire brace (9,26) as the Catalan giants swamped all over the visitors.
Barca wrapped up the game before half-time with Argentine star Javier Saviola netting a third after 31 minutes.
Mallorca's misery was compounded when Fernando Nino was sent-off for his second bookable offence after 63 minutes and this latest defeat will increase the pressure on under-fire Mallorca coach Bernd Krauss with the side lying third from bottom of the table.
Real Betis missed the chance to maintain their surprise lead at the top as they were held to a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao.
Result of the night came as Las Palmas watched giants Real Madrid come from behind twice, but still won 4-2 after a second half brace from Ruben Castro.
Pablo Lago opened the scoring for the home side before Pedro Munitis levelled for Real.
A Jorge penalty put Las Palmas ahead once more, only for Zinedine Zidane to level again.
However, hopes of a Real win evaporated when Casto grabbed his first in the 75th minute before wrapping things up in the dying seconds.
Donato's second half goal earned Deportivo La Coruna a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Villarreal and prevented the home side moving to the top of the table.
The home side had got off to a perfect start with Victor firing them in front after just three minutes, but Brazilian midfielder Donato gave Deportivo a share of the spoils with an equaliser in the 63rd minute.
Sevilla continued their good start to the season with an impressive 2-0 win at home over ten-man Tenerife.
The struggling visitors were reduced to ten men after just two minutes when Bruno Marioni was dismissed.
Sevilla made their numerical advantage count when Reyes Calderon fired them in front after 19 minutes and they wrapped up victory with Andreas Olivera's goal seven minutes from time.
A Carlos Llorens second half penalty was enough to give Alaves a hard-fought 1-0 win at home over Malaga.
Osasuna spoiled new Rayo Vallecano coach Gregorio Manzano's first game in charge with a superb 1-0 win at the Teresa Rivero.
Mario Andres Armentano's first minute strike was enough to give the visitors all three points and leave Rayo sitting second from bottom of the table.
Martin Vellisca's last gasp goal gave Real Zaragoza a hard-fought 3-2 win over bottom of the table Real Sociedad at La Romareda.
Struggling Sociedad had shocked the home side by opening the scoring in the 17th minute through Tayfun Korkut, but Zaragoza drew level just four minutes later with a goal from Marcos Vales.
Yodi then fired the home side in front for the first time just four minutes into the second half.
Igor Gabilondo had looked like earning John Toshack's side a much-needed point with a 74th minute equaliser, until Vellisca's late intervention gave Zaraagoza the spoils and left Sociedad still looking their first win of the season.
Martin Posse's first half strike was enough to give Espanyol an impressive 1-0 win away to Valladolid.
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Alaves 1-0 Malaga
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Betis
Barcelona 3-0 Mallorca
Las Palmas 4-2 Real Madrid
Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Osasuna
Real Valladolid 0-1 Espanyol
Sevilla 2-0 Tenerife
Villarreal 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna
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