La Liga round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Raul and Ronaldo grabbed doubles as Real Madrid demolished Racing Santander.Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Barcelona with an emphatic 5-0 demolition of Racing Santander on Saturday night.
It was a night of milestones for Real's front men as both Raul and Ronaldo hit personal landmarks with two-goal salvos in the triumph.
Raul reached the 250 mark with his brace, while Ronaldo notched his 100th and 101st goals with strikes in either half.
However, it was Michael Owen who got the ball rolling just before the half hour mark when he slotted home from Ronaldo's unselfish cross.
The Brazilian doubled the advantage seven minutes later when he won and converted a dubious penalty awarded after Racing goalkeeper Dudu Awat was adjudged to have impeded the hit-man as he came to clear a chipped through-ball.
Raul got the first of his brace when he fired home a rebound nine minutes after the break and added a glorious second when he stroked home a clever Michael Owen lay-off from the edge of the box.
Ronaldo put a real gloss on the scoreline when he danced through in the closing stages to round the keeper and slot into an empty net.
The morale-boosting victory means Real have once again closed to within three points of leaders, and arch rivals, Barca, although the Catalans have the chance to extend their advantage when they travel to Valencia on Sunday.
Real Betis took the spoils in the Seville derby after a scrappy and hard-fought contest with Sevilla.
Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira was the hero for Los Verdiblancos firing home a long-range winner following a mazy run on just seven minutes, but visiting keeper Antonio Notario will be less than impressed with his effort to keep it out.
Despite plenty of effort and aggression, chances were at a premium, although Betis did strike the post in the second period with a Juanito header.
It did not matter, though, as Sevilla failed to penetrate a resolute home defence, and Betis move to within six points of their local rivals.
Athletic Bilbao kept their faint hopes of European football alive after a 2-0 home win over Real Zaragoza.
Striker Ismael Urzaiz celebrated signing a new two-year contract earlier in the week by firing the home side ahead with his 12th goal of the campaign.
Defender Jesus Maria Lacruz made certain of victory by adding a second six minutes from time to end any lingering Zaragoza hopes.
Mallorca's hopes of avoiding the drop were dealt a cruel blow by Savo Milosevic who popped up with a late equaliser for Osasuna to earn the Navarra-based outfit a 1-1 draw.
Mallorca's bid to beat relegation seemed on course as they led into the final ten minutes courtesy of Francisco Farinos' first-half strike.
However, former Aston Villa hit-man Milosevic popped up with just seven minutes remaining to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.