Just one point separates the top three sides in the Primera División as RC Deportivo La Coruña and Valencia CF both failed to win.
Real Madrid CF's goalless draw at Real Zaragoza on Tuesday had given both sides a chance to capitalise, but leaders Deportivo suffered an unexpected 2-0 defeat at home to RCD Mallorca, while Valencia remained in third position after a 2-2 draw with RC Celta de Vigo.
Deportivo were largely in control at the Riazor but were unable to break down a well-organised Mallorca defence and fell behind with 15 minutes remaining as Enrique Romero pushed Fernando Correa inside the area and Samuel Eto'o converted the resulting penalty.
The home side were forced to push forward in search of an equaliser, and Mallorca made the most of the extra space, with Arnold Bruggink lifting the ball over José Molina two minutes from time for a decisive second goal.
Meanwhile, Pablo Aimar gave Valencia the lead with a header three minutes before half-time, but goals from Eduardo Berizzo and Jesuli early in the second period turned the match in the visitors' favour, only for substitute Ernesto Cannobio to give Valencia a draw a minute later.
Osasuna on song
CA Osasuna closed in on the leading group as goals from Moha and Iñaki Muñoz at the start and end of the second half earned the fourth-placed side a 2-0 success at home to Real Betis Balompié.
Barcelona close in
FC Barcelona moved up fifth in the standings thanks to a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou against Real Murcia CF, with Javier Saviola opening the scoring just before half-time and Xavi Hernández and Ronaldinho confirming the win with further strikes early in the second half.
Athletic bounce back
Club Athletic Bilbao fell behind in the third minutes as Diego Alonso gave visitors Málaga CF an early advantage, but second-half strikes from Ismael Urzaiz and Tiko secured a 2-1 success that moved Athletic up to sixth.
Bottom side RCD Espanyol secured a first league victory of the season, with Óscar scoring the only goal of the game seven minutes from time to earn a narrow success at Real Racing Club Santander.
Two goals in five minutes midway through the second half gave Albacete Balompié all three points at home to Villarreal CF, with Libero Parri and striker Basti both on target in a 2-0 victory.
Sevilla FC took the lead at home to Real Valladolid CF through Dário Silva but Ariza Makukula's equaliser gave the visitors a draw, with both sides finishing the game with ten men after Dário Silva and Alberto Marcos were dismissed in the second half.
Real Sociedad de Fútbol have the chance to close the gap on the leaders on Thursday night as they travel to Club Atlético de Madrid.
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