Makaay inspires Depor
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Makaay plundered a hat-trick in the devastating triumph at Riazor as Depor blitzed the visitors in the first half.
Juan Carlos Valeron's flicked header put the hosts ahead on 26 minutes and the lead was quickly doubled through Victor.
Dutch hot shot Makaay bagged his first on 32 minutes from the penalty spot and he produced a sublime volley five minutes later to make it four.
Makaay completed the scoring on 55 minutes but Depor could easily have made it double figures given the chances they created in the second half.
Valencia's Champions League prospects took a knock after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Racing Santander.
The reverse keeps the Che in the fourth Champions League spot but enables Celta Vigo to draw level on points.
Bodipo put Racing ahead on ten minutes but Valencia were level within 60 seconds through Francisco Rufete.
It was Bodipo again, who proved the difference, as he poached the decisive goal on 25 minutes.
Alaves remain deep in the relegation mire after holding on for a 0-0 draw against Champions League chasing Celta Vigo.
The two sides could not be separated and the stalemate does neither teams' respective causes any good.
Real Betis failed to enhance their claims for a European spot after conceding a late equaliser at home to Espanyol.
Fernando put Betis ahead on 34 minutes but Espanyol claimed a share of the spoils with four minutes remaining courtesy of Cyril Domoraud.
Barcelona climbed up the table after an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory over bottom club Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants endured a frustrating first half before Luis Enrique broke the deadlock on 68 minutes and his goal was followed by strikes from Marc Overmars and Javier Saviola.
Athletic Bilbao ensured Osasuna were unable to haul themselves out of the bottom three with a crushing 5-1 success at El Sadar.
A stunning first-half performance from the visitors effectively secured the points as Osasuna were ruthlessly put to the sword.
Aitor Ocio set Athletic on their way after 15 minutes and on the half hour mark, Santiago Ezquerro doubled the lead before Yeste grabbed the third on 40 minutes.
Things got worse for Osasuna on 50 minutes when striker John Aloisi was sent off for violent conduct and Arriaga made it four on 64 minutes.
Gerald Rivero pulled one back four minutes later but Aitor Karanka rounded off the win with a fifth goal on 76 minutes.
Valladolid moved closer to mid-table with a convincing 3-1 triumph on home soil over Atletico Madrid.
Fernando Sales put the hosts ahead after half-an-hour and they increased their advantage on 50 minutes through David Aganzo.
Jose Mari reduced the arrears on the hour mark before Aganzo restored Valladolid's cushion with his second on 74 minutes.
Villarreal inched away from the drop zone after a scoreless encounter at home to Malaga, who had Dario Silva sent off midway through the second half for violent conduct.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Alaves 0-0 Celta Vigo
Barcelona 3-0 Rayo Vallecano
Deportivo 5-0 Recreativo
Osasuna 1-5 Athletic Bilbao
Racing Santander 2-1 Valencia
Real Betis 1-1 Espanyol
Valladolid 3-1 Atletico Madrid
Villarreal 0-0 Malaga