Primera Liga round-up
Wins for Betis, Osasuna and Espanyol; Santander and Vallecano held
Last Updated: September 11, 2011 10:52pm
Ruben Castro scored four minutes from time as Real Betis made it two wins out of two in their Primera Division clash with Real Mallorca.
The striker stabbed home his second goal of the campaign at the end of a second half which the hosts dominated.
It was Betis' second straight 1-0 success after Ruben had left it even later to seal an opening-day win at Granada.
Osasuna claimed their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon thanks to two wonderful first-half goals.
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After an eventful opening quarter the hosts went ahead when Nino tapped home on 28 minutes after a great pass from Kike Sola split the Sporting defence wide open.
Then, two minutes later, Osasuna doubled their lead through Alvaro Cejudo's volley from Sergio's cross into the top corner.
The home side should have been further ahead but gave Sporting a lifeline on 75 minutes when Diego Barral's shot went straight through goalkeeper Andres Fernandez, but they held on to claim all three points.
Sergio Garcia scored twice as Espanyol opened their account for the new season with a 2-1 home success against Athletic Bilbao.
Garcia grabbed the winner 16 minutes from time when visiting goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz was unable to gather his initial effort cleanly and the striker volleyed into an empty net.
Fernando Llorente thought he had earned a point for Bilbao when he headed home powerfully from a corner just after the hour mark, finally ending the resistance of Cristian Alvarez, who had made a number of superb stops for the hosts.
But it was Garcia, who had headed his side in front from Alvaro Vazquez's cross in the 25th minute, who had the final say at Estadi Cornella-El Prat
Racing Santander had to settle for their first point of the season after failing to break down a resilient Levanteat El Sarindero.
Lautaro Acosta had the best chance for the hosts early in the second-half but blazed over with only goalkeeper Gustavo Munua to beat.
Racing were reduced to 10 men when Papa Kouli Diop was dismissed for a second yellow card on 80 minutes and Levante nearly made the extra man count but Tono Martinez saved Nabil El Zhar's late effort.
Javi Fuego missed a second-half penalty as Rayo Vallecano were held to a goalless draw by Real Zaragoza in a poor game at Las Vallecas.
Paulo Da Silva's handball gave Rayo the perfect opportunity to make a winning start at home on their return to the Primera Liga but Roberto Jimenez saved Fuego's penalty with 20 minutes remaining.
Zaragoza offered little as an attacking threat and Angel Lafita's tame effort in the first-half was their best effort on goal.