Darko fires Real to victory
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Darko Kovacevic has been an inspirational figure for the Basque side all season, and the former Juventus man netted the opener shortly before the break.
Osasuna are in relegation trouble and fought bravely, but Mikel Alonso`s effort on 64 minutes extinguished any hopes they had of snatching something from the game.
Valencia moved back level on points with second-placed Real Madrid - just one point behind Sociedad - after a comprehensive 4-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano.
After Miguel Angel Angulo had scored early for the reigning champions the result was never in doubt.
The unfortunate Victor Onopko added a second for the visitors with an own-goal before Ruben Baraja fired home a majestic free-kick to kill off the contest on the stroke of half-time.
Mista compounded Rayo's misery with a simple fourth after some slack defending from the home side.
Recreativo Huelva`s hopes of avoiding the drop are slim, but they continue to fight and were rewarded with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
Quique Romero scored the vital opening goal on 67 minutes against ten man Atletico, who had Txomin Nagore dismissed shortly before the goal.
Atletico crumbled after conceding, and Recreativo took advantage as Xisco and Ignacio Benitez added late goals.
Recreativo also finished the game with ten men, as Raul Molina was dismissed.
Sevilla showed the greatest resolve in the battle of two struggling clubs, as Antonio Soldevilla`s own goal gave them a 1-0 win over Espanyol.
Racing Santander did their hopes of avoiding the drop a power of good, as they secured a 3-0 win at Villarreal. Goals in injury time from Bodipo and Mario Regueiro added to an earlier effort from Jose Mora.
Mallorca could only grab a point from their home game with Athletic Bilbao and remain in relegation trouble.
Malaga dealt a blow to Celta Vigo`s hopes of snatching a Champions League spot, as they came from behind to grab a late draw.
Alexander Mostovoi fired Celta in front on four minutes, but the Russian`s status dropped on 76 minutes when he was dismissed after picking up a second booking.
The dismissal inspired Malaga and Koke grabbed a late leveller to thwart Celta.