La Liga round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Galicians reduced the gap to second-placed Valencia to four points after two quick-fire second-half goals at Estadio Carlos Belmonte.
After a goalless first period the visitors assumed charge when Lionel Scaloni fired home after 59 minutes.
The game was made safe when Albert Luque (pictured) kept up his excellent recent form with a second two minutes later, though Depor were forced to play the last 20 minutes with ten men after Hector was dismissed.
Barcelona stole a march Osasuna, rivals for a UEFA Champions League berth, by recording an excellent 2-1 win over the Navarra-based outfit.
The victory moved the Catalans into fourth spot, and came courtesy of a late strike from Brazilian sorcerer Ronaldinho.
Javier Saviola put the visitors one up just before the interval, but a penalty from Francisco Punal restored the equilibrium midway through the second half.
With 13 minutes remaining though, Ronaldinho popped up to confirm Barca's third successive Liga win.
The triumph was tarnished somewhat when substitute Luis Enrique and Osasuna's Alfredo Sanchez were both sent off for violent conduct in injury-time.
Athletic Bilbao kept in touch with top four after a hard-fought 2-1 home win over John Toshack's Real Murcia.
Spanish international Ismael Urzaiz opened the scoring early on with his sixth goal of the season after just ten minutes.
However, the Primera basement boys were level four minutes later when Luis Garcia found the net, but Yeste powered home from the penalty spot just before the interval for the decisive goal.
Real Sociedad's five game winning streak came to an end against Zaragoza as they went down to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at La Romareda.
The in-form Basque outfit found themselves a goal down inside five minutes when Savio delightfully fed David Villa to slot home for his ninth league goal of the campaign.
Sociedad drew level eight minutes before the break when Xavi Alonso crashed home a spectacular low drive from 35 yards.
However, with the final whistle fast approaching, Villa was fouled in the box by Sander Westerveld and picked himself up to convert the resulting spot-kick to hands the hosts their first win in six.
Real Betis boosted their own European hopes after coming from behind to win at Racing Santander.
Benjamin was the undoubted protagonist of the first half, putting through his own net after five minutes only to level matters by scoring at the right end just past the half hour mark.
As the game seemed to be drifting towards a stalemate reported Manchester United target Joaquin popped up in the dying seconds to snatch victory for the visitors and leave El Sardinero stunned.
Sevilla shrugged off the recent gloom surrounding the club following the sale of Jose Antonio Reyes and last weekend's reverse at Deportivo to claim an emphatic 3-0 home win over Mallorca.
After a goalless first half the hosts took charge thanks to two goals in four minutes from Julio Baptista (51) and Francisco Gallardo (55).
Marti put a gloss on the scoreline late on with a third five minutes from the final whistle.
Celta Vigo and Espanyol both boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with vital home victories.
Celta saw off Villarreal at the Balaidos 2-1 courtesy of a brace from former Aston Villa hit-man Savo Milosevic, though were forced to hang on when Sonny Anderson reduced the arrears six minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Espanyol dispatched Valladolid 2-0 at Estadio Olimpico de Montjuic with second half strikes from Raul Tamudo (56) and Brazilian Fredson (58).
Click below for a match summary:
Albacete 0-2 D Coruna
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Murcia
Celta Vigo 2-1 Villarreal
Espanyol 2-0 Valladolid
Osasuna 1-2 Barcelona
Racing Santander 1-2 Real Betis
Real Zaragoza 2-1 Real Sociedad
Sevilla 3-0 Mallorca