La Liga Round-Up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Villarreal moved back into third spot in La Liga at the expense of Espanyol.Villarreal moved back into third spot in La Liga at the expense of Espanyol with a 4-1 victory over their Catalan opponents.
The tussle for who is going to finish behind Barcelona and Real Madrid is fierce, but Villarreal took command with a fine victory.
Diego Forlan is forging a name for himself in Spain and he netted the first on 25 minutes, but the lead was short lived as Albert Lopo levelled for Espanyol.
Villarreal took control after the break and goals from Argentine troika Juan Pablo Sorin, Juan Roman Riquelme and Luciano Figueroa clinched a vital three points.
Fernando Torres' early goal was enough to lift Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 victory over Valencia.
Sevilla's European hopes were dealt a blow, as Gabriel Milito headed the only goal of the game to give Real Zaragoza the three points.
Levante fired themselves further away from the relegation spots with a thumping 4-0 win over fellow strugglers Osasuna.
A brace from Juanmi and goals from Vladimir Manchev and Garcia Sergio did the damage for Levante.
Basement boys Numancia lost more ground as they were beaten 2-1 at Real Sociedad.
The visitors thought they were on their way to a point after Luis Tevenet had cancelled out Darko Kovacevic's early strike, but Jose Barkero popped up with a late winner.
Racing Santander put more ground between them and Mallorca with a 3-0 win over the Balearic Islanders.
Anderson Silva and David Aganzo had Racing two up inside five minutes and Yossi Benayoun added a third to sink Mallorca.
Deportivo La Coruna grabbed the spoils at Albacete thanks to Fabricio Coloccini's effort just before the break.