La Liga Round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona moved two points clear at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Numancia .Barcelona moved two points clear at the top of the table with a narrow 1-0 win over Numancia at Camp Nou.
The Catalan outfit were frustrated by Numancia for 70 minutes before Henrik Larsson popped up with the crucial winner for the home side.
The win was marred by a serious looking injury to Brazilian ace Edmilson.
The win lifts Barca two points above Valencia at the summit and maintains their unbeaten start to the season. Deportivo La Coruna piled on the misery on Real Madrid with only their second ever win at El Santiago Bernabeu after a 1-0 success.
Albert Luque's brilliant goal in the first half proved to be enough to give Deportivo a much-needed win and inflict a third La Liga defeat on Real already this season and their first at home.
Real dominated from the outset, but could not find a way past a resolute Deportivo defence.
The visitors then caught the hosts with a real sucker punch right on the stroke of half time with Walter Pandiani sending strike partner Luque clear down the left and he beat Michel Salgado in the race to the ball before coolly lifting the ball over the advancing Iker Casillas.
Michael Owen was given a rare start in attack with Ronaldo injured, but his miserable time in Madrid continued as he struggled to make an impact and was replaced by Fernando Morientes after 52 minutes.
Morientes had a half chance when he rose highest to meet Luis Figo's cross, but he could direct his header on target.
Jose Molina ensured the win for Depor with a flying save to deny Luis Figo salvaging a point for Real.
Villarreal picked up their first win of the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Real Zaragoza.
The hosts were gifted the lead on 40 minutes with an unfortunate own goal from Zaragoza defender Alvaro.
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan made sure of the win with the second four minutes after the restart.
Sevilla climbed up to third after earning a goalless draw at Racing Santander
Albacete recorded their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Espanyol.
Pablo Martinez Redondo grabbed the all-important winning goal on 67 minutes, but they were made to hold on for the win after Sanchez David was sent off 13 minutes from time for violent conduct.
Getafe climbed out of the bottom three with an impressive 3-1 success over Athletic Bilbao.
A superb hat trick from Sergio Pachon paved the way to Getafe's victory.
Pachon got the hosts off to a dream start with the opening goal in the very first minute, but Joseba Etxeberria levelled matters on 51 minutes.
Pachon restored Getafe's lead on the hour mark and he completed his treble five minutes later to secure the win.
Levante continued their fine start to life in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Mallorca.
Vladimir Manchev fired Levante in front on 28 minutes and Garcia Sergio added a second six minutes later to seal the victory.
Osasuna missed the chance to close the gap on the leading pack after going down 2-0 to Malaga.
Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso grabbed the opener for Malaga on 22 minutes before Paulo Wanchope continued his rich vein of form with the second just past the hour mark.
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Albacete 1-0 Espanyol
Barcelona v Numancia
Getafe 3-1 Athletic Bilbao
Levante 2-0 Mallorca
Malaga 2-0 Osasuna
Racing Santander 0-0 Sevilla
Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna
Villarreal 2-0 Real Zaragoza