La Liga Round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of La Liga after a 3-0 win over Osasuna.Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of La Primera following a comfortable 3-0 home win over Osasuna.
Ronaldinho was once again the architect of the victory, scoring one and creating another.
The hosts moved ahead on 40 minutes when Samuel Eto'o flashed home a left-footed volley after a wonderful lofted ball from Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian doubled the advantage three minutes later from the penalty spot - although the award for a foul on him was more than a little dubious.
Barca took their foot off the pedal in the second half and missed some excellent chances before Eto'o grabbed a late third after a neat interchange with substitute Andres Iniesta.
Sevilla moved into second spot in La Liga following a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Brazilian star Julio Baptista was once again on the scoresheet, doubling the hosts' lead on 51 minutes after Aitor Ocio had opened the scoring with a superb early free-kick.
Pablo Ibanez pulled one back for Atletico in the final minute, but it proved to be no more than a consolation.
Espanyol got back to winning ways following their derby defeat last week.
The Catalan outfit produced a solid display to clip the wings of high-flying Levante with a 2-0 away win.
Oscar Serrano edged the visitors ahead six minutes after the interval after good work from Raul Tamudo.
Tamudo then saw a shot crash off the woodwork, but Albert Lopo wrapped up the points with a second 20 minutes from time after directing home a Dani shot.
Villarreal heaped more woe on basement boys Numancia with a comprehensive 4-0 at El Madrigal.
Juan Roman Riquelme opened the scoring after on 18 minutes, finishing well after being played in by Javi Venta.
Youngster Hector Font then all but ended the contest with a quick-fire double midway through the second period.
Former Manchester United hit-man Diego Forlan put a gloss on the scoreline with a fourth five minutes from time.
Real Sociedad increased the pressure on Mallorca boss Benito Floro still further after a late Oscar De Paula goal earned a 2-1 victory at the Anoeta.
The Basque side had taken the lead courtesy of a dubious Valery Karpin penalty, but parity was restored when Juan Arango headed home a David Cortes cross six minutes into the second half.
However, De Paula slammed home from 12 yards out to seal a last-gasp victory.
Racing Santander got a much needed win after seeing off in-form Real Zaragoza 1-0 - Mario Regueiro grabbed the winner after just two minutes following good play from Pedro Lopez.
Albacete also won by a single goal, edging out Athletic Bilbao with a strike from Ruben Castro two minutes before half time.
Real Betis took all three points from their trip to Getafe, despite being reduced to ten men.
David Rivas put Betis one up on 49 minutes, but Uruguayan defender Alejandro Lembo received his marching orders a quarter of an hour later.
It did not affect Los Verdiblancos, however, and Ricardo Oliveira made sure of the points when he finished after a super run by Joaquin with 16 minutes left.
Click below for match summaries:
Albacete 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona 3-0 Osasuna
Getafe 0-2 Real Betis
Levante 0-2 Espanyol
Racing Santander 1-0 Real Zaragoza
Real Sociedad 2-1 Mallorca
Sevilla 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Villarreal 4-0 Numancia
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