Valencia CF maintained their unbeaten Primera División record on Sunday with a 0-0 draw against CD Tenerife.
Salvador Ballesta spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to put his side ahead in the 22nd minute, but the former Club Atlético de Madrid striker somehow contrived to head over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
Rafael Benitez's side were then reduced to ten men after midfielder Miguel Ángel Angulo was given a red card for a push on Bruno Marioni in the 78th minute, effectively ending the former Tenerife coach's chances of a win over his old team.
The draw meant Tenerife climbed out of the relegation zone to be replaced in 18th spot by RCD Mallorca, who lost 2-1 at RCD Espanyol. Javier Fernández gave the home team the lead after 22 minutes, only for Alberto Luque to draw Mallorca level four minutes later. But with just ten minutes remaining on the clock, Martín Posse struck the winner for Espanyol.
An early strike from midfielder Pablo and another impressive display from their miserly defence helped Deportivo Alavés to a 1-0 win over RC Celta de Vigo, lifting them to second place in the Spanish first division.
Alavés struck their winner after just six minutes when Pablo's 20-metre drive took a deflection off a Celta defender and spun past keeper Pablo Cavallero and inside the left post. Catanha then saw his snap shot drift wide of the post on 15 minutes and Juanfran watched his powerful drive cleared off the line by Alavés defender Delfí Geli.
The best chance of the second half for the Galicians came in the 53rd minute when French midfielder Peter Luccin found himself in space on the edge of the area, but sent his curling shot wide of the far post.
Elsewhere, Athletic Club Bilbao did all they could to try and secure their second home win of the season, but they were unable to break down a defiant Villarreal CF side who will be more than pleased with this away point.
Málaga CF enjoyed a much-needed win over Club Atlético Osasuna that keeps them clear of the relegation zone. Panamanian international Dely Valdés struck first when he headed in from a corner in the 18th minute. Málaga's second was a carbon copy, but this time it was Argentinian striker Ariel Zárate who headed in a minute before half-time before Ivan Rosado pulled a goal back in stoppage-time for the visitors.
Striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco put Real Valladolid ahead against Real Zaragoza from the penalty spot after Xavier Aguado had brought down Jesus Sanchez in the area in the 20th minute. The Mexican international then played a part in the second 19 minutes from time. His pass to Tote López was parried by keeper Juan Juanmi, but substitute Fernando was on hand to drive home. To make matters worse for Zaragoza, Aguado was sent off after receiving his second booking six minutes from time.
In the televised night game, Real Betis Balompié defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-0 to move up to fifth place in the table, five points behind the leaders Deportivo. After a goalless first half with few chances falling to either side, it was Betis who came out after the break and took the lead through Tomás after 53 minutes. Eight minutes later the match was over as a contest when Gabriel Amato made it 2-0, a result that leaves Vallecano in deep trouble, bottom of the table with 13 points from their ten games played this season.
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