La Liga round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Osasuna replaced Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 win over Espanyol.
Osasuna replaced Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 win over Espanyol as Barcelona demolished Real Sociedad 5-0.
Osasuna coasted to a comfortable home success courtesy of goals in either half from David Lopez and Inaki Munoz (pictured), although Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni was at fault for both and Eduardo Costa was also sent-off for the visitors.
High-flying Getafe spurned the chance to keep pace with Osasuna after slipping to their third league defeat in four games at Deportivo La Coruna.
Diego Tristan settled matters by pouncing for the only goal of the game at The Riazor after 23 minutes, heading home a fine Joan Capdevila cross.
Barca took advantage of that result to move into second spot, above arch rivals Real, with a thumping win over Sociedad.
After a solid start to the campaign the Basque outfit travelled to Camp Nou with hopes of causing something of an upset, but were convincingly beaten with Ronaldinho again the star of the show for Barca.
The hosts moved ahead on 18 minutes through Mark van Bommel's spectacular volley before the Brazilian magician doubled the advantage ten minutes before the interval with an accurate drive from range.
He grabbed his second of the night just before the hour mark with a free-kick before the visitors were reduced to ten men when Gari Uranga was shown a second yellow card.
Skipper Carles Puyol headed home a corner to make it four and Henrik Larsson put a real gloss on the scoreline with a fifth late on.
Villarreal maintained their good recent form by snatching a point from their trip to Atletico Madrid. Jose Zahinos' early strike looked set to earn Atletico all three points, but Diego Forlan popped up with a last-gasp leveller.
Sevilla spurned a chance to close on the leading teams after being held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Mallorca who were forced to play for nearly an hour with only ten men.
Juande Ramos' side fell behind to a fine goal from Victor Casadesus after 34 minutes but, after Fernando Navarro was sent off for his second bookable offence shortly afterwards, were quickly back on terms when youngster Kepa Blanco notched his second of the season.
The visitors thought they had won it when Fredi Kanoute had the ball in the net five minutes from time, but he was denied by a debatable off-side flag.
Valencia were also held to a disappointing 1-1 draw as Racing Santander fought bravely to leave the Mestalla with a share of the spoils despite having a man sent off.
Things looked rosy for the Che when David Albelda fired them ahead on 11 minutes with a superb long-range strike, but David Aganzo replied for the visitors just before the half hour mark when he turned home a Felipe Melo pass.
Valencia dominated proceedings but, even when Melo was shown a straight red on 63 minutes, could not find a winning goal.
Malaga took a point from their trip to Real Zaragoza as Edgar cancelled out Ewerthon's early strike while Alaves and Cadiz also shared the points after playing out a goalless draw at La Mendizorroza.
Alaves 0-0 Cadiz
Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Getafe
Mallorca 1-1 Sevilla
Osasuna 2-0 Espanyol
Real Zaragoza 1-1 Malaga
Valencia 1-1 Racing Santander
Barcelona 5-0 Real Sociedad
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Villarreal