Third-placed Valencia CF experienced frustration again as a 2-2 draw against Real Racing Club extended their winless Liga run to four, though the point moved them further clear of Levante UD as their neighbours lost 2-1 to Getafe CF.
Unai Emery's side looked set for victory when Aritz Aduriz's second-half double put them ahead following Adrian González's early opener for Racing, but on-loan defender Bernardo Espinosa levelled the scores two minutes from the end. Neither team was then able to engineer a winner as Racing lost Pedro Munitis to a red card and Valencia had Ricardo Costa dismissed in added time.
Los Che nonetheless moved five points ahead of Levante after the fourth-placed club suffered a third defeat in five Liga outings. Daniel Güiza (32) and Diego Castro (82) put Getafe in control and the visitors were rarely troubled before Rubén Suárez converted a late penalty.
Elsewhere, Málaga CF went seventh following a 2-1 victory against Sevilla FC, and Granada CF achieved the same result at Real Betis Balompié to end a run of three successive league defeats. Real Sporting de Gijón's relegation troubles were increased, meanwhile, as they lost 5-1 at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, for whom David Zurutuza struck twice in the opening three minutes.
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|Last updated: 31/01/2012 22:47 CET|
Aduriz 66, 79
Rubén Suárez 90+1 (penalty)
|Real Sociedad||5-1||Sporting Gijón|
|Venue: San Sebastian|
Pérez Cuesta 11, Arribas 26
Llorente 16, 23, 68
|1||Real Madrid CF||20||52|
|10||Club Atlético de Madrid||19||26|
|12||Real Sociedad de Fútbol||20||24|
|13||Real Betis Balompié||20||23|
|14||Rayo Vallecano de Madrid||20||22|
|17||Real Racing Club||20||21|
|19||Real Sporting de Gijón||20||18|