Barca humbled by Sevilla
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The notoriously demanding Camp Nou faithful made their displeasure at the result obvious as the white hankies were waved around the stadium.
Despite their excellent progress in the Champions League, Barcelona have stumbled down to 13th in La Liga and Louis van Gaal's position as coach is becoming increasingly precarious.
Sevilla, who had not won away all season, were in front after just five minutes when Francisco Casquero tucked home a penalty following Philippe Christanval's foul on Jose Reyes, although the infringement was outside the box.
Patrick Kluivert hit a post for Barca but as they pressed for an equaliser, Sevilla nicked a second. A long clearance from the keeper was misjudged by Frank De Boer, enabling Toedtli to head over a stranded Roberto Bonano, who vainly tried to palm the ball away.
With the whistles ringing round Camp Nou, Sevilla compounded Barca's misery in the closing moments after Marcos Vales's surging run from his own half preceded a cross which was converted by Toedtli.
Real Sociedad continue to confound the critics as they restored their four-point advantage at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 success over Mallorca.
The table-toppers were forced to come from behind on home soil in order to preserve their 14-match unbeaten start to the season.
Samuel Eto'o put Mallorca ahead just after the interval but Javier De Pedro quickly restored parity and Mikel Aramburu's 57th minute winner settled the match.
Real Madrid survived a mighty scare at home to bottom club Recreativo as they overturned a two-goal deficit to win 4-2.
Goals inside 14 minutes from David Cubillo and Miguel Angel Espinola shocked the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.
Raul Bravo pulled one back on the half hour mark and a sustained second half onslaught reaped the points for Real.
Ivan Helguera levelled on 65 minutes and five minutes later Raul put his side in front before a late Luis Figo penalty put a gloss on the score-line. Recreativo also had Jose Antonio Luque sent off prior to the Portuguese ace's spot kick.
Deportivo La Coruna bounced back from their midweek Champions League disappointment with a narrow triumph at home to Malaga.
Albert Luque's 85th minute goal proved decisive and put Deportivo back among the chasing pack.
Celta Vigo were unable to hand themselves the perfect pick-me-up as they crashed 3-0 at Racing Santander.
Following their Uefa Cup exit to Celtic, the Galicians were seeking a boost but they were comprehensively crushed by Racing.
Jose Mora's strike on the hour mark broke the deadlock and a brace from Yossi Benayoun soon after clinched a precious win for Racing.
Osasuna moved further away from trouble with a 1-0 home win over Espanyol, courtesy of Antonio Lopez's early second half effort.
Real Betis slipped to a surprise home defeat to Rayo Vallecano as Viktor Onopko's 17th minute goal separated the teams.
Real Valladolid leapfrogged Athletic Bilbao after a 2-0 victory which was sealed via David Aganzo's second half double.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Barcelona 0-3 Sevilla
Deportivo 1-0 Malaga
Osasuna 1-0 Espanyol
Racing Santander 3-0 Celta Vigo
Real Betis 0-1 Rayo Vallecano
Real Madrid 4-2 Recreativo
Real Sociedad 2-1 Mallorca
Valladolid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao