Malaga stunned by Real late-show
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The reigning European and Intercontinental Cup champions looked to be headed for an unlikely defeat after Malaga stormed into a 2-0 lead.
Kiki Musampa and Julio Cesar Dely Valdes put Leeds' Uefa Cup conquerors in total command as the teams left the field for the half-time interval.
However, Real were inspired after the break, and instantly found themselves a way back into the contest when Zinedine Zidane pounced after 48 minutes.
The pendulum had swung in Real's favour, and they found an equaliser sixteen minutes from time when Raul netted his eighth goal of the current campaign.
The fightback was complete four minutes later when Portuguese winger Luis Figo converted a penalty to hand Real all three points.
Barcelona eased the pressure on embattled boss Louis van Gaal after returning to winning ways in emphatic style against Mallorca.
The Catalan giants won at a canter, and their 4-0 victory at the Son Moix could have been even bigger.
Mallorca had both Alvaro Novo and Samuel Eto'o sent off in the first half, and Barca capitalised on their numerical advantage with strikes from Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars.
Dutch international Kluivert completed an exceptional hat-trick after the break to lift his side to tenth, and inflict the hosts third successive defeat.
Celta Vigo stayed hot on Real's heels in fourth after a comfortable 3-1 home success over Villarreal.
Catanha and Edu gave the hosts a perfect start with two goals in the opening eight minutes.
Although Argentine striker Martin Palermo pulled one back for Villarreal on the stroke of half-time, Jesuli wrapped up the points for the Galicians midway through the second period.
Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to close the gap on their city rivals, after slumping to their first home defeat of the season against Racing Santander.
Racing won 2-1 in what was a bad-tempered match with six players being shown the yellow-card.
Pedro Munitis - back at Racing on loan for the season from Real Madrid - opened the scoring three minutes before the half-time break.
However, the hosts clawed themselves back level when ex-Middlesbrough star Emerson thundered in an equaliser seven minutes after the interval.
But just as it seemed Atletico would be the more likely winners, Racing struck again to silence the Vicente Calderon.
Midfielder Javi Guerrero pounced to net his sixth league goal of the season, and lift Santander into the top ten of La Liga in the process.
Meanwhile Athletic Bilbao eased their relegation worries with a valuable victory in their Basque derby against Alaves.
Goals in each half from Spanish internationals Ismael Urzaiz and Joseba Etxeberria handed the San Mames team a much needed win, which lifts them up to eleventh in the table.
Sevilla recorded a narrow 1-0 victory at Rayo to claim their second successive away victory.
A Marcos Vales effort was enough to give Sevilla the points on the back of their remarkable 3-0 win at Camp Nou last week, and the win lifts Joaquin Caparros' men above opponents Rayo into fourteenth place.
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Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Alaves
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Racing Santander
Celta Vigo 3-1 Villarreal
Malaga 2-3 Real Madrid
Mallorca v Barcelona
Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Sevilla