La Liga round-up
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid piled on the pressure at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win at Levante.Real Madrid piled on the pressure at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win at Levante cutting Barcelona's lead to just three points.
With Barca facing Getafe later on Sunday, Wanderley Luxemburgo's men took the opportunity to apply the pressure, with Ronaldo's brace sealing a 2-0 win in Levante.
Michel Salgado was the architect of the opener after 37 minutes with his fine run and cross being turned in by the Brazilian marksman who was lurking inside the box.
Iker Casillas had to be in top form to deny Levante who were causing Real a number of problems at the back.
Robert Carlos had to head off the line in the second half and it looked as though Real would badly need a second goal to kill off the game.
Ronaldo again came to the rescue as he raced clear of the last man before rounding the keeper and slotting home seven minutes from time to seal the victory.
Third-placed Villarreal were held to a goalless draw at home to UEFA Champions League rivals Real Betis.
The two sides are separated by a point and there was nothing between them on Sunday at El Madrigal as the game ended goalless.
Valencia's hopes of climbing up the table also took a blow as they were held to a goalless draw at struggling Mallorca - a result that does nothing for their survival chances.
Bottom side Numancia now looked doomed after they were hammered 4-1 at Zaragoza, with the prolific David Villa grabbing a brace.
Leo Ponzio and Savio grabbed the other goals for the hosts, while even Numancia's consolation came courtesy of a Ruben Cani own goal.
Duda gave Malaga the lead at Albacete, only for Antonio Pacheco to level for the hosts just after the hour mark.
Malaga stole all three points seven minutes from the end when Marcio Amoroso converted from the penalty spot.
Racing Santander were drawing 0-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao after 78 minutes, when it all turned sour for the hosts when Jonathan Valle was sent off for foul and abusive language.
Racing held out until the final minute, when Pablo Orbaiz scored a last-ditch penalty to break their hearts, and Tiko added another goal in stoppage time for a 2-0 win for Bilbao.