La Liga round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid slumped to their third defeat in a week after going down 1-0 at Espanyol.Real Madrid slumped to their third defeat in a week after going down 1-0 at Espanyol.
The capital based club ended the game with nine men after Sergio Ramos and Julio Baptista were red carded with Daniel Jarque netting the only goal of the game.
Real dominated the first half and were unlucky not to score when Ronaldo hit the post from David Beckham's free kick.
Iker Casillas produced a fine save to deny Luis Garcia from a free kick just after the break.
Espanyol broke the deadlock when Jarque headed home Ivan De la Pena's free kick on 70 minutes.
Ramos was sent off eight minutes from time for a second bookable offence and Baptista followed him deep into injury time for a late tackle.
The defeat piles the pressure on Real boss Wanderley Luxemburgo as they slipped into the bottom half of the table.
Atletico Madrid inflicted the first defeat of the season on Barcelona.
Barca got off to a dream start with Samuel Eto'o sidefooting Ludovic Giuly's cross home from six yards.
Atletico drew level on 17 minutes with Fernando Torres heading home.
The home side went in front a minute after the break with former Chelsea misfit Mateja Kezman scoring from close-range.
Atletico were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when Pablo Ibanez was sent off for a second bookable offence, but they held on for a famous win.
Getafe moved top of the table with a thrilling 4-3 win at Alaves.
Alaves broke the deadlock after just six minutes with Nene converting from the penalty spot, but the lead proved short-lived with David Belenguer replying for Getafe.
Nene restored Alaves' lead on 12 minutes, but Riki drew the visitors level ten minutes later.
Rikki gave Getafe the lead for the first time on 37 minutes and Mariano Pernia gave them a two-goal cushion with the fourth five minutes after the break.
Nene gave Alaves hope when he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 65 minutes, but Getafe held on for all three points.
Racing Santander ended Celta Vigo's 100 percent start to the season with a 1-0 win at Balaidos.
Francisco Casquero grabbed the all-important goal for Racing to hand them their first victory of the campaign.
Villarreal are still looking for their first win of the season after being held to a 1-1 draw at Cadiz.
Jose Mari fired Villarreal in front on 37 minutes, but Oli earned Cadiz a point with an equaliser right on the stroke of half time.
Malaga climbed off the bottom of the table after a shock 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.
Edgar broke the deadlock six minutes from time for Malga, but Jesus Lacruz looked to have earned Bilbao a point with a last-minute strike.
However, Malaga stunned the home side with Antonio Hidalgo netting the winner in stoppage time.
Osasuna recorded their second win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Sevilla.
David Lopez scored the only goal of the game on 62 minutes and both sides were reduced to ten men when Juan Ortiz was sent off for Osasuna and Kepa Blanco for Sevilla.
Real Zaragoza picked up a hard-fought point against Real Betis after a goalless draw at Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera.
Click on fixture for full match summary:
Alaves 3-4 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Malaga
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Barcelona
Cadiz 1-1 Villarreal
Celta Vigo 0-1 Racing Santander
Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid
Osasuna 1-0 Sevilla
Real Betis 0-0 Real Zaragoza