La Liga Round-Up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mista (pictured) was once again the hero for The Che, netting his fifth and sixth goals of the season to sink the Catalan outfit.
The 24-year-old hit-man notched on seven and 45 minutes to sandwich a strike from Spanish international midfielder Ruben Baraja (42).
Winger Vicente applied a gloss to the scoreline by adding a fourth twelve minutes from time.
The win moves Rafa Benitez's men back above Deportivo la Coruna, and means they have dropped just two points from their opening seven games of the league campaign.
Athletic Bilbao ended Villarreal's unbeaten start to the season with a 2-0 triumph at the San Mames.
Hit-man Ismael Urzaiz opened the scoring for the Basque outfit six minutes after the restart, and international colleague Joseba Etxeberria made the points safe nine minutes from time.
Racing Santander staged a storming second half comeback to see off Malaga at El Sardinero.
The Cantabrian outfit found themselves a goal down after 18 minutes when former striker Salva came back to haunt his old team
However, the hosts turned the screw after the break and goals from Fernando Moran (54), Yossi Benayoun (58), Jonathan Valle (68) and Rodolfo Bodipo (81) turned the game on its head, and though Ivan Leko grabbed a late consolation Racing ran out convincing 4-2 winners.
Zaragoza climbed out of the bottom three courtesy of a hard-fought home success over Real Valladolid.
The encounter was decided by a single goal from former Real Madrid wideman Savio who found the target for his second goal of the season on 15 minutes.
Samuel Eto'o thought he had earned his side a draw with a goal against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon but Mallorca hearts were shattered by a late winner from Jorge.
Strugglers Atletico had taken the lead through Fernando Torres with 26 minutes gone but Cameroon star Eto'o cancelled it out with a strike 12 minutes later before Jorge netted the winner right at the death.
Former Marseille striker Ibrahima Bakayoko bagged a brace as Osasuna overcame Murcia.
Bakayoko opened the scoring on 10 minutes but Luis Garcia Fernandez equalised for the visitors.
The game looked to be heading fro a draw until Bakayoko endeared himself to the Estadio El Sadar faithful with the winner seven minutes from time to keep Osasuna in fourth place.
Sevilla ground out a 2-2 draw with Real Betis at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Jose Reyes gave Sevilla the lead five minutes after the interval only for Brazilian winger Denilson to cancel the lead out two minutes later.
Tote then put Betis in front on the hour mark which looked to be enough until Antonio Lopez ensured a point for the homeside with nine minutes remaining.
Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Villarreal
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Mallorca
Osasuna 2-1 Murcia
Racing Santander 4-1 Malaga
Real Zaragoza 1-0 Valladolid
Sevilla 2-2 Real Betis
Valencia 4-0 Espanyol