La Liga round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celta Vigo climbed into third spot in the table with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.Celta Vigo climbed into third spot in the table with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.
Fernando Baiano gave the hosts the lead with the opener on 27 minutes with a neat chipped finish to claim his sixth goal of the season.
Fabian Cannobio doubled the lead on 54 minutes with a free kick in off the underside of the crossbar.
Antonio Lopez pulled a goal back for Atletico just after the hour mark, but Celta held on for all three points to move above Real Madrid in the table.
Alaves piled the misery on struggling Athletic Bilbao with a 2-0 win in their basement battle at San Mames.
Nene gave Alaves the ideal start with the opening goal after just seven minutes to stun the home fans.
Athletic missed a golden chance to draw level when Francisco Yeste failed from the penalty spot seven minutes from time.
Alaves wrapped up the win with a clinching second from Rodolfo Bodipo in the final minute.
Deportivo La Coruna moved into sixth spot with a convincing 3-0 win at Racing Santander.
Diego Tristan sent the visitors on their way with the opener on 17 minutes.
Deportivo doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Jose Moraton deflected Pedro Munitis' free kick into his own net.
The visitors wrapped up the win with the third through substitute Sebastian Taborda's diving header.
Espanyol climbed out of the bottom three with a vital 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Real Mallorca.
Raul Tamudo broke the deadlock five minutes before the break and Luis Garcia's goal two minutes later ensured all three points for Espanyol.
Mallorca's misery was summed up when Cristiano Doni was sent off four minutes from time.
Vicente's late goal earned Valencia a 1-0 win at Cadiz.
Valencia suffered a blow on 65 minutes when Spanish international Carlos Marchena was sent off, but numbers were evened up when Oli was red carded 12 minutes from the end.
The visitors then grabbed the winner on 80 minutes when Vicente found the net.
Malaga climbed further away from trouble with a 3-1 victory over Real Sociedad.
Second half strikes from Cesar Navas (62), Antonio Hidalgo (74), and Edgar (77) put the game beyond Sociedad meaning Oscar de Paula's 80th minute strike was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors.