Valencia CF went to the top of the Spanish Primera División at the weekend following their comfortable 2-0 defeat of an out-of-sorts Real Madrid CF.
RC Deportivo La Coruña's surprise 3-2 loss against Club Atlético Osasuna handed Rafael Benitez’s team the chance to go to the summit and they took it in style, consigning Madrid – who face UEFA Cup winners FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League in midweek - to their first league defeat of the season.
Mista put Valencia in front at the Mestalla stadium after just four minutes when he converted a cross and Brazilian forward Ricardo Oliveira pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 72nd minute to make sure of a surprisingly comfortable win.
Deportivo, who are up against PSV Eindhoven in Europe on Tuesday, wasted their chance of a fifth successive victory at Osasuna by conceding three goals in a four-minute spell in the first half.
Francisco Puñal struck from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after Héctor Berenguel had brought down Moroccan midfield player Moha and a mistake from goalkeeper José Molina allowed Iván Rosado to collect the second two minutes later.
The Basque team went 3-0 up when Valdo’s shot cannoned off the crossbar and Héctor headed the ball into his own net. Albert Luque and Walter Pandiani reduced the deficit but their efforts proved scant consolation for the visitors, who dropped to second in the standings.
Athletic Club Bilbao prevailed to snatch a late win against Basque rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol, who meet Galatasaray SK next in the Champions League. The match was goalless after a keenly-contested first-half and remained so until four minutes from time when Tiko finally broke the deficit.
RC Celta de Vigo, meanwhile, showed their fighting spirit to overcome a 2-0 deficit on their way to a 3-2 defeat of Real Valladolid CF. The home team made an unconvincing start, going behind to Ariza Makukula’s seventh-minute strike.
The same player doubled the lead just after the interval but the strike spurred the Galician team into life and Jesuli, Savo Milosevic and Aleksandr Mostovoi scored three goals within half an hour to complete a memorable victory ahead of their game against AC Milan on Wednesday.
Both Phillip Cocu and Thiago Motta were sent off as FC Barcelona – who picked up four more bookings - managed to collect a point in a scoreless draw against Atlético de Madrid at the Vicente Calderón stadium. The home team also had four players cautioned in a fiery encounter.
Albacete Balompié ensured RCD Mallorca’s woeful start to the season continued as they defeated the island side 2-0 at home while Málaga CF finally collected their first win of the season thanks to a 2-1 defeat of RCD Espanyol. Antoñito's solitary goal, meanwhile, was enough for Sevilla FC to defeat Real Murcia CF.
Villarreal CF also won on their travels courtesy of a 2-0 defeat of Real Racing Club Santander. Brazilian striker Sonny Anderson and Argentinian midfield player Juan Román Riquelme were the players on target. Real Betis Balompié were another team to win on the road, beating Real Zaragoza 1-0 thanks to a late strike from Brazilian midfield player Marcos Assunção.
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