La Liga round-up
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Betis leapfrogged over city rivals Sevilla with a 2-0 win over Deportivo.Real Betis leapfrogged over city rivals Sevilla into third place in the table with a 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
Brazilian midfielder Marcos Assuncao was the hero for the home side as he struck both goals on 38 and 56 minutes to dispose of Depor and hoist Betis above Sevilla in the race for the UEFA Champions League places.
Villarreal came from two goals down to earn a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Atletico Madrid, who looked in charge after Fernando Torres had scored twice.
Diego Forlan pulled one back for The Yellow Submarines just after the hour before Luis Perea put through his own net to level the scores with seven minutes left.
Juan Pablo Sorin then popped up with a last-minute winner for the home side to earn a dramatic victory.
Valencia slipped up on their visit to Racing Santander, as Mario Regueiro gave the hosts a 1-0 victory.
Espanyol's bid for Champions League football suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-2 at improving Malaga.
Juan Rodriguez, Miguel Angel and Juanito had put the hosts in firm control of the match, but a Dani strike and Fernando Sanz own goal meant Malaga had to hold on in the end.
Bottom side Numancia came from a goal down at Albacete to earn a vital 2-1 win.
Mark Gonzalez gave the home side the lead on 38 minutes, but Carlos Merino drew the visitors level five minutes after half time.
Miguel Lopez popped up with the winner five minutes from time to earn Numancia's first away win of the season.
Getafe were held to a goalless draw at home by Osasuna, while Levante also had to settle for a 0-0 draw when hosting Zaragoza.