Primera Liga round-up
Rayo Vallecano inflicted more misery on Real Zaragoza on Sunday, while Villarreal beat Sevilla.
Last Updated: 05/02/12 10:42pm
Rayo Vallecano inflicted more misery on rock-bottom Real Zaragoza in the Primera Liga on Sunday, while Villarreal beat Sevilla.
Javier Camunas scored the decisive goal 10 minutes from time as Villarreal won for the first time away from home this season with a 2-1 victory at Sevilla.
In an entertaining end-to-end encounter, it was the visitors who struck first as Borja Valero swept home Jose Angel's cross on 22 minutes.
However Sevilla were level before the break as Bruno could only deflect Jesus Navas' shot into his own net 12 minutes later.
Borja passed up a great chance to retake the lead and Diego Lopez made fine saves from Alvaro Negredo and Navas after half-time, but it was Camunas who settled it with a sweet strike into the top corner at the end of a flowing counter-attack.
Rayo Vallecano came from behind to beat rock-bottom Real Zaragoza at the Estadio La Romareda.
Rayo struck twice in the final 15 minutes through Diego Costa and Miguel Michu to snatch victory after Helder Postiga fired the hosts ahead on 33 minutes.
Vallecano's win moved them five points clear of the drop zone but their beleaguered hosts, now without a league win in 14 games, are six points adrift at the bottom.
Dejan Lekic scored 13 minutes from time to give Osasuna a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon.
Inaki Tejada took charge of Sporting for the first time after Manuel Preciado's sacking in midweek and his influence appeared to have galvanised the players as they pressured Osasuna intensely, but at times they lacked the quality to make their dominance count.
In a game played in soaking conditions, the opening goal arrived after the only quality piece of play in the first half, as Nacho Cases curled in a wonderful cross from the left that Carmelo Gonzalez just had to redirect past Andres Fernandez.
Gregory Arnolin should have sealed all three points but he somehow headed wide from inside the six-yard box and that miss to prove crucial as Osasuna equalised against the run of play when Marc Bertran's cross from the right neatly headed home by Lekic.
In the late kick-off, Atletico Madrid and third-placed Valencia played out a goalless stalemate in Vicente Calderon.