La Liga round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona are one win away from the title after beating champions Valencia 2-0.
Barcelona continued their relentless march towards the title with a 2-0 success at defending champions Valencia.
Ronaldinho mesmerised the Mestalla by scoring a stunning goal to set Barca on their way before he set up the second for Samuel Eto'o as Frank Rijkaard's troops moved to within one win of the championship.
Eto'o had an early shot saved before Roberto Ayala could only glance a corner wide for Valencia after being left unmarked.
Fabio Aurelio curled a free kick just wide on 27 minutes but within 60 seconds the champions fell behind to a wonderful strike from Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian picked up the ball over 25 yards from goal and, with precious little back lift, unleashed a scorching drive which arrowed into the top corner of the net.
Just two minutes later and Ronaldinho was the architect as he glided between two defenders before releasing Eto'o who showed great composure to double the lead.
Andres Palop denied Ronaldinho a second before he twice thwarted Eto'o and was then thankful to see Ludovic Giuly wildly lash the rebound wide of the target.
Valencia were reeling at this point and were indebted to a fine reaction save from Palop in the second half to prevent Giuly from adding to the scoreline.
The Che's misery was complete when Carlos Marchena was dismissed for hacking down Deco, with the result leaving Barcelona needing to only beat Levante next week to secure the title.
Villarreal moved into fourth spot with a 2-0 triumph at Malaga as Numancia were relegated after losing at Espanyol.
The Yellow Submarines boosted their prospects of UEFA Champions League football next term after seeing off ten-man Malaga.
The hosts had Marcelo Romero sent off for his second bookable offence early in the second half before Villarreal broke the deadlock through Juan Roman Riquelme on 63 minutes.
Just two minutes later, the visitors wrapped up the win as Santiago Cazorla, who was a first half substitute, scored.
Numancia sank to the bottom of the table, and were condemned to the Segunda Liga, after losing 3-0 to Espanyol.
The Catalan outfit moved into fifth courtesy of the success, with the way being paved by Jose Amavisca's goal on 56 minutes.
Substitute Ferran Corominas added a second two minutes later and Jose Antonio put through his own net seven minutes from time.
Deportivo La Coruna leapfrogged Atletico Madrid in the table after beating the capital club 2-0 at the Riazor.
Peter Luccin's own goal on 55 minutes gifted Depor the lead and the points were sealed on 81 minutes by Joan Capdevila.
Albacete lifted themselves off the foot of the table and kept their survival hopes alive by beating Levante- the team just outside the drop zone - 3-1.
The home side were completely in control of the contest once Javier Francisco scored after 38 minutes.
Pablo Redondo and Mark Gonzalez scored in the space of two second half minutes before the match erupted on the hour mark.
Garcia Sergio pulled one back for Levante and was almost immediately sent off, along with Albacete's Santi. The visitors' Gustavo Reggi was also shown the red card, despite being on the substitutes' bench.
A first half double from Michel was enough to hand Getafe a 2-0 success at home to Real Sociedad.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Albacete 3-1 Levante
D Coruna 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Espanyol 3-0 Numancia
Getafe 2-0 Real Sociedad
Malaga 0-2 Villarreal
Valencia 0-2 Barcelona