La Liga round-up
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Zaragoza kept up their fine start to the season by beating fellow high-flyers Sevilla.Real Zaragoza kept up their fine start to the season by beating fellow high-flyers Sevilla 3-0 to close the gap on their second-placed opponents to just a point.
Few could have expected that these two teams would be up their among the leaders, but it was second playing third at La Romareda.
Striker David Villa has been in devastating form for Zaragoza so far this term and he got his name on the scoresheet again as his brace helped sink Sevilla.
Luciano Galletti (pictured) opened the scoring for the hosts after 13 minutes and Villa then struck from the penalty spot on 26 before sealing the points with a third just before the hour mark.
Newly-promoted Levante are also flying and the Valencia-based outfit will be thrilled with their continuing success as they moved into the lofty position of fourth in the league.
Osasuna, who have also started the campaign well, were Levante's latest victims as Sergio Garcia secured an enjoyable away victory with his 22nd-minute strike.
Real Sociedad enjoyed a rare victory as they secured a 2-0 win at bottom side Numancia to lift themselves away from danger.
Mikel Labaka gave Sociedad the lead after 68 minutes and Valery Karpin sealed the three points with his strike ten minutes from time.
Another basement clash saw Mallorca play host to Racing Santander and a dramatic finish saw the visitors claim a 2-1 win.
Pedro Lopez gave Racing an early lead after just two minutes, but the hosts looked to have rescued a point when Jorge Lopez struck ten minute from time.
However, Mallorca hearts were broken as Israeli Yossi Benayoun popped up with a 90th-minute winner for Racing to leave the hosts still languishing in the drop zone.
Ricardo Oliveira grabbed an early goal for Real Betis as they took the lead at home to Malaga after just four minutes.
Gerardo Garcia levelled for the visitors two minutes before half time but the game swung the way of the hosts when Marcelo Romero was sent off after 78 minutes for collecting his second yellow card.
However, ten-man Malaga stood firm and Betis scorer Oliveira blotted his copybook as he was dismissed in the final minute for foul and abusive language as his frustrations got the better of him.
Deportivo La Coruna continue to struggle as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Albacete, while Espanyol lost ground on the leaders as they were also held to a 0-0 home draw by Villarreal.
Deportivo La Coruna 0-0 Albacete
Espanyol 0-0 Villarreal
Mallorca 1-2 Racing Santander
Numancia 0-2 Real Sociedad
Osasuna 0-1 Levante
Real Betis 1-1 Malaga
Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe
Real Zaragoza 3-0 Sevilla