A second-half Henrik Larsson header was enough to give FC Barcelona a 1-0 home win against CD Numancia and lift his side above Valencia CF into top spot on Sunday, while Real Madrid CF lost at home against RC Deportivo La Coruña.
The Swedish striker scored the only goal of the game on 70 minutes, rising to head in a Deco corner, to take the Catalans top the table with 16 points, two points clear of Valencia, who drew at Real Beis Balompié on Saturday. But there was also bad news for Barça, who added another name to their growing injury list when second-half substitute Edmilson sustained possible cartilage damage. Gabri García, Sylvinho Mendes, Arbert Jorquera and Thiago Motta are already sidelined.
Deportivo gained their first league win at the Santiago Bernabéu in over 50 years to end their own poor run and deepen Madrid's woes. Albert Luque scored the only goal of the game, a superb individual goal on the cusp of half-time, lifting the ball over Iker Casillas. Madrid responded well and fashioned chances for Fernando Morientes, Zinedine Zidane and Michael Owen, who was starting in place of the injured Ronaldo but failed to find the target.
Valentín Pachón raced to a hat-trick in little over an hour to hand Getafe CF a 3-1 win against Athletic Club de Bilbao, while goals from Marcio Amoroso and Paulo Wanchope helped Málaga CF to a 2-0 victory against CA Osasuna and take Gregorio Manzano's side into fourth place. RCD Espanyol slip down to fifth after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Albacete Balompié. Redondo scored the only goal of the game on 65 minutes.
Elsewhere, Levante UD defeated RCD Mallorca 2-0 to leave the islanders rooted to the bottom of the table. Vladimir Manchev put the home side ahead on 27 minutes before on-loan striker Sergio García scored his first ever Primera División goal seven minutes later. Sevilla FC's trip to Real Racing Club de Santander ended goalless, while Villarreal CF recorded their first win of the new campaign against Real Zaragoza. An own goal from Álvaro Maior de Aquino and a Diego Forlán strike either side of half-time helped them to a 2-0 win to lift the side out of the relegation zone.
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