Depor keep up pressure on Real
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The victory takes Depor to within a point of Real at the head of the table as the Primera championship chase continues to hot up.
Dutchman Roy Makaay, Spain's leading scorer, was the hero for the Galicians as a brace saw of a stubborn Sevilla outfit.
It was midfielder Victor who opened the scoring for Javier Irureta's men five minutes before the interval, and Makaay doubled the advantage with his first just four minutes later.
However, the visitors dragged themselves back into the encounter six minutes after the restart when Antonito got on the scoresheet.
Sevilla's hopes of taking something from the game were dealt a severe blow when David saw red on 65 minutes, and four minutes later Makaay popped up to kill off the contest.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad moved level on points with Depor after a 4-0 home demolition of rock-bottom Rayo Vallecano.
The Basque outfit swept aside their opponents, although they were made to wait until the stroke of half-time before opening their account.
Darko Kovacevic earnt a penalty after being felled by Patricio Graff which Javier De Pedro confidently stroked home.
A further penalty, this time converted by Valery Karpin extended the advantage five minutes into the second period, and the result was put beyond all doubt when Turkish hit-man Nihat Kahveci drilled home through the keeper's legs following a cute pass from Kovacevic.
Nihat nodded home his second and Real's fourth from an Agustin Aranzabal centre, and fellow Turk Korkut Tayfun completed Vallecano's misery by stabbing home at the back post in the final minute.
Celta Vigo moved into the Champions League places at the expense of Valencia after a convincing 2-0 away win at struggling Osasuna.
On-loan Egyptian star Mido grabbed a goal in each half to hand the visitors maximum points, striking first on the quarter-hour mark and repeating the dose five minutes after the break.
Real Betis needed a late equaliser from Arzu to rescue a point from their home clash with Atletico Madrid.
A brace from Atletico's Luis Garcia (26 & 74) had seemed set to hand Luis Aragones' men victory after Alfonso (47) had replied for the hosts.
But with just five minutes left on the watch Arzu popped up to level matters in a game which saw eight yellow cards, and a red for Betis' Iulian Filipescu.
Malaga snatched a late winner at Alaves to increase the Basque side's relegation worries.
What had been a drab encounter at the Estadio Mendizorroza looked to be heading towards a goalless draw as neither side could find a breakthrough.
However, in injury-time at the end of the game, Uruguayan hit-man Dario Silva grabbed the all-important goal to the dismay of the home fans.
The win lifts Malaga up to seventh in La Primera, while Alaves remain third from bottom and in the drop-zone.
Espanyol staged a remarkable comeback to take a share of the spoils from their home game with Athletic Bilbao.
The hosts looked to be dead and buried after going in at half-time 3-0 down after goals from Santiago Esquerro and Yeste (2).
However, three goals in an inspired 14 minute period dragged the Catalans level.
Maxi struck first on 51 minutes, and was followed by strikes from former Aston Villa hit-man Savo Milosevic (55) and Roger (65).
The point moves Espanyol three points clear of Osasuna, Alaves and Recreativo at the foot of the table.
Racing Santander went a long way to ensuring their top-flight survival after clinching a crucial 1-0 home victory over relegation rivals Recreativo de Huelva.
An own-goal from Mariano Pernia was enough to give the hosts the points in a bad-tempered clash which saw Rodolfo Bodipo of Racing and Iker Begona of Recreativo sent-off.
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Alaves 0-1 Malaga
Deportivo 3-1 Sevilla
Espanyol 3-3 Athletic Bilbao
Osasuna 0-2 Celta Vigo
Racing Santander 1-0 Recreativo
Real Betis 2-2 Atletico Madrid
Real Sociedad 5-0 Rayo Vallecano
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