Struggling RCD Mallorca caused a massive shock in the Spanish first division on Sunday night when they inflicted a 4-1 defeat on league leaders RC Deportivo La Coruña.
Alberto Luque turned in a Samuel Etoo cross and then squeezed a long-range shot past Jose Molina to give Mallorca a 2-0 lead with 28 minutes on the clock. A Walter Pandiani header pulled one back for Deportivo almost immediately, but second-half strikes from Veljko Paunovic and Alejandro Campano gave Mallorca a deserved win.
Champions Real Madrid CF were a goal up inside the first two minutes at Rayo Vallecano as Fernando Morientes nodded back a Luis Figo cross for Raúl González to glance in. Morientes then struck twice himself to set Madrid clear in a one-sided derby game against the bottom side in the table.
At the Madrigal stadium, Deportivo Alavés rarely looked like getting the win they needed against Villarreal CF to go top of the table, as the home team enjoyed most of the possession. Their goal came seven minutes before half-time as Víctor was left unmarked to head in at the far post.
RCD Espanyol took the lead against RC Celta de Vigo on 19 minutes, Raúl Tamudo converting a penalty after Juanfran had brought down Martín Posse, but Celta then took charge of the game.
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Catanha touched in a Eduardo Berizzo header for the equaliser on 24 minutes and after Jesuli had put the home side ahead on 38 minutes, the Brazilian born striker grabbed his second nine minutes after the break. Edu made it 4-1 with 12 minutes left.
Club Atlético Osasuna were desperately unlucky to concede two goals in three second half minutes against Real Betis Balompié, Mariano Armentano first heading into his own net and then a Juan José Cañas drive taking a wicked deflection for the second. Ivan Rosado pulled one back with 13 minutes to go, but Betis held on for a win that takes them up to third.
Valencia CF lost their unbeaten record in the league as Real Sociedad turned in easily their best performance of the season. Edgaras Jankauskas took a pass from Dmitri Khokhlov and finished smartly for the first on 38 minutes. The Lithuanian striker got his second from the penalty spot on 65 minutes after Roberto Fabián Ayala had tugged back Agustín Aranzábal in the box.
Jorge Yordi's header gave Real Zaragoza the lead on 13 minutes against UD Las Palmas and Juan Juanele made it 2-0 with ten minutes to go. Las Palmas never gave up but they could manage no more than a consolation goal from Koldo Sarasúa in the final minute.
The pick of Sevilla FC's four goals at home to Real Valladolid came from 18-year-old striker José Antonio Reyes, who beat three defenders on a snaking 40-metre run before slipping the ball past keeper Ricardo Felpie. Moisés García León had given the home side the lead with a penalty on 31 minutes and Francisco Casquero scored twice after Reyes' superb strike to complete an overwhelming win.
CD Tenerife's Samuel Slóvak got the only goal of the game against Málaga CFon 56 minutes to haul Tenerife out of the relegation zone. Málaga's best chance had come a minute earlier, Tenerife keeper Sergio Aragoneses doing well to send a Dely Valdés effort out for a corner.
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