La Liga round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona produced another fine performance to defeat Racing Santander 4-1.
Barcelona produced another performance of the highest calibre to defeat Racing Santander 4-1 at Camp Nou.
The win sees Barca oust Osasuna, who had temporarily reclaimed top spot in La Liga, and once again Ronaldinho was the star turn.
The Brazilian's third minute penalty miss proved a mere reprieve for the visitors who were gunned down first by Samuel Eto'o who finished adroitly on the half hour and then Lionel Messi's strike early in the second half.
Ronaldinho then atoned for his earlier miss from the spot by earning and converting a 56th minute penalty.
Barca claimed their third goal in 14 second half minutes when Silvinho claimed his first for the club although the close range strike owed a lot to a deflection from the hapless Neru.
To their credit Santander refused to fold and earned a consolation through Francisco Casquero's well-taken penalty before substitute David Aganzo saw red.
Real Madrid staged an astonishing late fightback to salvage a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad and possibly, too, the future of coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.
Already trailing to Xabier Prieto's 43rd minute penalty, things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Oscar De Paula struck in the 58th minute.
And the situation appeared irretrievable when Real defender Sergio Ramos was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 72nd minute.
It was ten-a-side ten minutes later when referee Alberto Mallenco showed the hosts' midfielder Gaizka Garitano a second booking but the real drama was still to unfold.
Raul Bravo's goal three minutes from time hinted at little more than a consolation but remarkably Zinedine Zidane repeated the trick a mere 60 seconds later to leave many in San Sebastian rubbing their eyes.
Elsewhere, Osasuna regained the Liga leadership on Sunday afternoon ahead of Barca's late kick off against Santander.
The home side were made to work hard for the three points, though, coming from behind against Alaves to ultimately prevail 3-2.
After a goalless first half Anderson Nene had put the visitors into the lead shortly before the hour mark.
But the Pamplona outfit were grateful to former Aston Villa striker Savo Milosevic who levelled the match just eight minutes later.
Osasuna claimed the lead thanks to Francisco Punal's successful conversion of a 71st minute penalty before Moha added a third on 84. Australian striker John Aloisi registered an even later consolation for the visitors.
Villarreal moved into third place in La Liga after recording a 2-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna.
Stylish Argentinian midfielder Juan Riquelme gave the visitors a 58th minute lead and Juan Sorin put the match beyond all doubt with a second goal in the 80th minute.
Sevilla also maintained their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 win over ten-man Real Zaragoza at Estadio La Romareda.
The home side's cause was severely impeded when goalkeeper Cesar was dismissed for handball outside of his area after just 38 minutes. Javier Saviola's 57th minute strike duly put the visitors in firm control before Daniel Alves added a late second.
Getafe, meanwhile, put an end to their recent malaise with a 3-2 win over Malaga but left it late to claim all three points.
The former Liga leaders fell behind at Alfonso Perez to Nacho's 24th minute goal but immediately restored parity through Veljko Paunovic (26).
Malaga's Cesar Navo then put through his own goal to gift the home side a 2-1 lead five minutes before the interval.
Undaunted, Malaga drew level in the 53rd minute but Paunovic was to have the last laugh with his second goal of the game five minutes from time securing the win for Getafe.
Real Betis moved off the bottom of La Liga but a 1-1 home draw with Cadiz will appease few in Seville especially after midfielder Marco Assuncao had given the home side an early lead.
And, despite Betis holding the initiative for much of the match, the hosts were made to pay for the 56th minute dismissal of midfielder Alberto Rivera for a second bookable offence.
The visitors claiming a share of the spoils when Manolo Perez converted a 73rd minute penalty.
Atletico Madrid and Espanyol also shared a 1-1 draw after an early strike from Peter Luccin in the ninth minute was cancelled out by Daniel Jarque two minutes later.
Click below for individual match summaries:
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Espanyol
Deportivo La Coruna 0-2 Villarreal
Getafe 3-2 Malaga
Osasuna 3-2 Alaves
Real Betis 1-1 Cadiz
Real Zaragoza 0-2 Sevilla
Real Sociedad 2-2 Real Madrid
Barcelona 4-1 Racing Santander