By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Madrid derby ended all square as ten-man Real drew 1-1 with Atletico.
The Madrid derby ended all square as ten-man Real drew 1-1 with Atletico at El Bernabeu.
Fabio Capello's side failed to keep pace with leaders Barcelona, who won 3-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, but may be grateful for a point after falling behind early on, and later on being reduced in number.
Mista put the visitors in front inside three minutes tucking home from six yards, but Raul, with his first league goal in almost a year, restored parity for the hosts in the 37th minute - to no doubt remind Spain coach Luis Aragones of the overlooked forward's enduring potency.
Sergio Ramos's 63rd minute dismissal for a second bookable offence compromised the hosts, who, despite the disadvantage, pressed for a winner, but to no avail.
Valencia moved into second place ahead of Real courtesy of a crushing 4-0 win over new boys Gimnastic de Tarragona, with David Villa twice on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Fernando Morientes was the first to register for Quique Sanchez Flores's team - the former Liverpool striker's close range finish handing The Che the lead in the 14th minute.
Villa doubled his side's advantage eight minutes after the interval, following a shot through a crowded area from the edge of the box.
The Spain international then profited after Jaime Gavilan had rounded a rash Gimnastic goalkeeper Albano Bizarri, before Miguel Angulo put the seal on the win six minutes from time after Edu had been denied by Bizarri.
Sevilla are into third following Dirnei Renato's 31st minute winner at home to Getafe.
Newly-promoted Recreativo De Huelva continued their superb start to the season with a 2-0 victory over struggling Real Betis, as Liverpool loanee Florent Sinama-Pongolle got on the scoresheet.
The match appeared destined for a goalless draw until Sinama-Pongolle struck eight minutes from time. Javi Guerrero put the seal on the win five minutes later.
Deportivo La Coruna also left it late to record a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad.
And it was another ex-Liverpool man who got the ball rolling for his side - Antonio Barragan hitting home in the 83rd minute.
Riki completed the scoring at El Riazor two minutes from time, and Deportivo are now in sixth place.
Diego Forlan scored twice as Villarreal won 2-1 at Real Mallorca. The former Manchester United striker scored twice in five first half minutes.
Bosko Jankovic's 58th minute reply for the hosts was not quite enough to spark a fightback.
Real Zaragoza came from two goals down to claim a draw against Levante at home.
Diego Camacho (22) and Olivier Kapo (45) scored twice to stun the home faithful, but Zaragoza earned a point following a second half comeback, inspired by goals from Albert Celades (60) and Diego Milito (78).
Racing Santander could only draw 1-1 with Celta Vigo, as Nikola Zigic's opener for the hosts was cancelled out by Iriney Santos Da Silva, but the point at least is enough to lift the strugglers from the foot of the table.
Espanyol and Osasuna, meanwhile, are still in the bottom half following a goalless draw at Estadio Olimpico De Montjuic.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 Real Sociedad
Espanyol 0-0 Osasuna
Racing Santander 1-1 Celta Vigo
Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Real Mallorca 1-2 Villarreal
Real Zaragoza 2-2 Levante
Recreativo 2-0 Real Betis
Sevilla 1-0 Getafe
Valencia 4-0 Gimnastic