La Liga Round-Up
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Osasuna move top as Deportivo stun Real and Celta Vigo lose to Mallorca.Celta Vigo missed the chance to go top of La Liga, for 24 hours at least, when they were shocked by bottom club Mallorca 1-0.
Cristiano Doni scored the only goal of the game, netting after 47 minutes.
That honour went to Osasuna, who jumped up to first from fifth after beating Athleic Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao, without a win since the first day of the season, were cruelly denied even a point by a late Osasuna winner.
High-flying Osasuna won 3-2 with goals from Raul Garcia Escudero (43), Savo Milosevic (61) and Pierre Webo (90) being answered by Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi (25) and a Juan Ortiz own goal(80).
Barcelona beat Malaga 2-0 after a frustrating evening at the Nou Camp, courtesy of a controversial Ronaldinho penalty and a late Henrik Larsson strike.
The Catalan giants played with intent from the start, but despite dominating possession, their intricate passing failed to create many clear cut chances in the early stages, Mark van Bommel going closest with a swerving shot from 30 yards that flew just wide.
As the pressure increased, Malaga keeper Francesc Arnau had to be alert to make a series of solid saves, and produced a stunning stop to keep out Silvinho's fierce left foot strike.
The best chance of the first half, though, surprisingly fell to Malaga. An inswinging cross from the left wing found the unmarked Edgar at the back post, but he could not find the target from three yards.
Barcelona upped the tempo after the resumption, but continued to be frustrated by the inspired Arnau, who pulled off brilliant saves from Samuel Eto'o and van Bommel.
The pattern continued until Ronaldinho's trickery forced a penalty with ten minutes left. The Brazilian surged into the box, and went down after minimal contact from Juan Rodriguez.
Despite justifiable appeals the penalty was awarded, and Ronaldinho smashed the spot-kick into the roof of the net, breaking Malaga's hearts.
There was still enough time for another goal, substitute Larsson scoring his first goal in La Liga for 13 months, latching onto a Ronaldinho pass and delightfully chipping the onrushing keeper (88).
In the late match Real Madrid were shocked by an impressive Deportivo, who ran out 3-1 winners.
The home side were rewarded for their positive approach with two goals in the last ten minutes of the first half.
Canadian international Julian de Guzman, who was brilliant throughout, fired Deportivo in front with a clinical low shot from the edge of the box (35), and Delgado Juanma gave them a two goal cushion on the stroke of half time that was no less than they deserved, calmly guiding in a header.
Real Madrid needed a reply early in the second half, and replaced David Beckham early on, but they failed to carve out many meaningful chances, The Galacticos being upstaged by their skilful opponents.
Roberto Carlos did come close when his left foot strike tested Jose Molina to the full, but it was Deportivo who looked most likely to grab the next goal.
A third duly arrived, Juanma heading in his second of the night after careless marking at a corner (83).
Raul grabbed a late consolation for Real, brilliantly volleying in from outside the box, but it was Deportivo's night.
Real Betis' miserable run continued at home to Villarreal, as they slumped to their third defeat within a week.
After conceding nine goals in their last two games, they found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 thriller.
Jose Mari opened the scoring for the visitors (10), but Ricardo Oliveira levelled for Betis (27). Juan Sorin restored Villarreal's advantage (58), only for a Javi Venta own goal after 61 minutes to draw Betis level once more.
The visitors then moved ahead for the third and final time, a Juan Riquelme penalty extending Villarreal's unbeaten run to five games.