La Liga Round-Up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol moved into third place in La Liga with a gritty win over Levante.Espanyol moved into third place in La Liga with a gritty win over Levante, while Villarreal had to settle for a point from their trip to basement boys Numancia.
Villarreal started the day in third, but they were overtaken by Espanyol after failing to take maximum points at Numancia.
Villarreal led early on through Argentine schemer Juan Roman Riquelme, but they were stunned when Carlos Merino levelled the scores on the hour.
Espanyol took advantage of Villarreal's slip to take third place, but they were made to work hard to see off Levante.
The visitors were in front on 23 minutes through Garcia Sergio, but Espanyol fought back and drew level through Jose Amavisca.
Espanyol pressed for a winner and were rewarded 25 minutes from time when Maxi Rodriguez found his range.
A penalty from Diego Tristan moments before half time handed Deportivo La Coruna a 1-0 win over Malaga.
Getafe twice surrendered a lead before drawing 2-2 at Real Betis.
Vivar Dorado and Mariano Pernia had Getafe in front, but Betis battled bravely and goals from David Rivas and Marcos Assuncao earned them a share of the spoils.
Bernardo Romeo was on target twice to lift Mallorca to a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad, a result which revives their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Manuel Capi's strike on the hour for Real Zaragoza heaped more misery on struggling Racing Santander.
Albacate remain firmly in trouble at the bottom of La Liga and they were no match for Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
The visitors were in front early on through Castro Ruben, but Bilbao hit back and were level at the break thanks to a goal from Santiago Ezquerro.
Bilbao took control after the interval and goals from Jesus Lacruz and Julen Guerrero sealed the win.