La Liga Round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol missed the chance to go second in La Liga after going down 1-0 at Sevilla.Espanyol missed the chance to go second in La Liga after going down 1-0 at Sevilla.
Julio Baptista grabbed the only goal of the game for Sevilla on 39 minutes to help them leapfrog Espanyol into third place in the table.
Mallorca climbed off the bottom of the table after an impressive 1-0 win at Real Zaragoza.
Luis Garcia netted the all-important winning goal for Mallorca on 20 minutes to give them their second victory of the campaign.
Real Sociedad came from two goals down to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in a thrilling Basque derby at the Anoeta.
Santiago Ezquerro gave Bilbao the lead on 39 minutes with a brilliant individual goal and Ismael Urzaiz doubled the lead three minutes before the break with his 100th goal for the club.
Real Sociedad fought back and pulled a goal back on 56 minutes with Nihat Kahveci netting.
Bilbao were reduced to ten men just past the hour mark when goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubía was sent off for hauling down Darko Kovacevic.
Real made their numerical advantage count with Nihat drawing them level on 66 minutes and they completed the comeback 17 minutes from time with Igor Gabilondo heading home.
Atletico Madrid moved into the top six with a comfortable 2-0 win over Numancia.
Pablo Ibanez broke the deadlock on 51 minutes and Fernando Torres made sure of the victory with the second 13 minutes from time.
The only sour note for Atletico was the dismissal of Antonio Lopez five minutes from time for violent conduct.
Real Betis came from behind to beat high-flying Levante 2-1.
Levante got off to flying start with Alberto Rivera scoring from the penalty spot, but Real Betis replied in kind with Ricardo Oliveira converting from the spot.
Edu popped up with the winner for Betis nine minutes from time to give Betis all three points.
Getafe were held to a 1-1 draw with nine-man Albacete in the battle of the strugglers.
Albacete suffered a blow two minutes before the break when Antonio Pacheco was sent off for his second bookable offence.
The hosts did not their numerical disadvantage affect them as Miguel Buades fired them in front five minutes after the break.
Albacete were reduced to nine men on 72 minutes when Gaspar Galvez was dismissed for his second bookable offence.
It looked like Albacete might hold for the win against the odds until Gabriel Fernandez Arenas grabbed an equaliser for Getafe five minutes from time.
Racing Santander were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Osasuna.
Ricardo Morales gave Osasuna the lead on 20 minutes but Javi Guerrero earned the hosts a point with a 48th minute leveller.
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