La Liga Round-Up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Two first half goals - one a penalty - from Luis Garcia Fernandez gave the relegated side a famous win at La Condomina, as Real finished the match with ten men after Beckham was red carded for verbally abusing one of the match officials in the first half.
Despite being on the verge of a quick return to La Segunda, John Toshack's side stormed out to a shock lead when Daniel Jensen's cross from the right was headed goalwards by Ricardo Perez de Zabalza.
Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas could not hold on to the ball and Luis Fernandez pounced to put home the rebound and give Murcia a 1-0 lead.
The Madrid giants worked hard to try and come level, with Beckham and Zinedine Zidane forcing good saves from Murcia goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto while Santiago Solari was unlucky to hit the bar with a close-range effort.
Things then got worse for Los Galacticos on 33 minutes when Luis Fernandez scored again - this time from the penalty spot after Real's Ivan Helguera was caught handling the ball in the box after Murcia's Juan Juanma tried to knock a pass through.
Moments later, the visitors caused themselves more problems when they were reduced to ten men as Beckham was given his marching orders for verbally lashing out at the near-side linesman.
The England captain was astonished with his red card and subsequently expressed his feelings to the linesman in question before walking off for an early shower.
The second half saw little threat of a Real comeback, as Broto made the necessary saves to keep a two-goal cushion for the most part.
But in stoppage time, substitute Guti scored a late consolation to hand Real scant consolation.
The result was Real's fourth Primera Liga defeat on the trot and it drops them two points behind arch-rivals Barcelona for the second automatic UEFA Champions League place with one match left in the season.
Barcelona, meanwhile, earned a 1-0 victory over Racing Santander to leapfrog Real Madrid for the runners-up spot in the table.
Ronaldinho's goal from the penalty spot after just a quarter of an hour gave the Catalans all three points at Camp Nou.
Frank Rijkaard's side would finish the match with ten men, however, as defender Carles Puyol was booked twice in the space of four second half minutes.
Athletic Bilbao continued their quest toward a place in next season's Uefa Cup with a 2-1 away win at Basque rivals Osasuna.
Second half goals from Francisco Javier Yeste (46 - pictured) and substitute Ismael Urzaiz (61) gave Bilbao a two-goal lead before the home side scored a late consolation goal through Valdo with four minutes to go.
Atletico Madrid missed the chance to keep pace for a European place after a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Real Zaragoza at the Vicente Calderon.
The match was played on Sunday following Saturday's funeral for former Atletico president Jesus Gil - who died on Friday after failing to recover from a massive stroke that he suffered in the week.
Nano put the home side into the lead on 65 minutes, but a last-gasp brace from Zaragoza's Delio Toledo gave the visitors all three points.
Sevilla recorded a fine away victory with a 4-1 hammering of Albacete at the Carlos Belmonte.
Dario Silva gave the Andalucian club a 1-0 lead at the break before Julio Baptista (50) doubled the visitors' lead with a goal from the penalty spot after Albacete's Unai was sent off for a second bookable offence.
It was 3-0 three minutes later after Francisco Javier Casquero scored for Sevilla, but Libero Parri (68) got one back for the home side.
Albacete were reduced to nine men as David Sanchez was also sent off for serious foul play with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Sevilla capped an emphatic win with a fourth goal from German Hornos with a minute left.
Real Sociedad are safe in the Primera Liga following a 1-1 home draw with Malaga at the Anoeta.
The visitors took the lead through Manuel Canabal on 64 minutes, but Darko Kovacevic levelled matters for the Basque club eight minutes later and earn Sociedad a point.
Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo's chances of staying La Primera were boosted by Espanyol's 4-2 away defeat at Mallorca on Sunday.
The Barcelona club looked on their way to top-flight safety after Raul Tamudo scored from the penalty spot five minutes in before doubling the visitors lead on 27 minutes.
However, The Islanders turned the match on its head in the second half by levelling matters through Jesus Perera (64) and Arnold Bruggink (74).
Perera then broke Espanyol's hearts with Mallorca's winner four minutes from time before Gonzalo Colsa made it 4-2 in the dying stages.
Espanyol remain just a point above the drop zone with one match left in the season and needing a result next weekend to have any chance of staying up.
Click below for match summaries:
Albacete 1-4 Sevilla
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Zaragoza
Barcelona 1-0 Racing Santander
Mallorca 4-2 Espanyol
Murcia 2-1 Real Madrid
Osasuna 1-2 Ath Bilbao
Real Sociedad 1-1 Malaga
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