RC Celta de Vigo moved into third place in the Primera División after RCD Mallorca's unbeaten run ended at home to Real Madrid CF.
Ronaldo holds form
Madrid claimed a stunning 5-1 win at Mallorca, who were unbeaten in their previous nine games, which had included eight victories. And it was Ronaldo, on target in Tuesday's European/South American Cup triumph against Club Olimpia of Paraguay, who continued his fine week, scoring both of their first two goals.
The Brazilian international put the visitors ahead on six minutes, and although Samuel Eto'o equalised eleven minutes later, Ronaldo restored Madrid's lead early in the second half and Raúl González then added a double of his own in the space of three minutes. Walter Pandiani was dismissed eleven minutes from the end for Mallorca and Guti - who also scored in Yokohama - added a fifth for Madrid, who are now sixth, one place behind their hosts.
Celta had earlier ensured they would take full advantage by beating Deportivo Alavés 2-1. Edu gave Celta the lead on 21 minutes, and within two minutes the score was 2-0 as Peter Luccin scored a penalty. Adrian Ilie converted from the spot to halve the deficit on 53 minutes, but despite intense Alavés pressure, the home side held on to move back to within five points of leaders Real Sociedad.
Real Betis Balompié are fourth after a thrilling 4-2 win at struggling RCD Espanyol. Capi and Juanito gave Betis a 2-0 lead in the first 21 minutes, and although Capi had a second goal ruled out for offside, Cyril Domoraud's sending-off on 37 minutes for Espanyol seemed to leave them with a mountain to climb. However, Betis player Joaquín was dismissed early in the second half and Roger and Savo Milosevic drew Espanyol level with 19 minutes left. But within 60 seconds Fernando had restored Betis' lead, and he added another with five minutes left. The home side were down to nine men in the final minute when David García received a second yellow card.
Club Atlético Osasuna's climb up the table continued as they moved into 12th place with a 3-1 win at Athletic Club Bilbao. John Aloisi put the visitors ahead on seven minutes with a penalty, but Ismael Urzaiz levelled soon after. However, Iñaki Muñoz made it 2-1 to Osasuna on 15 minutes and Iván Rosado clinched the win before half time.
Club Atlético de Madrid are seventh, level on points with their city rivals, after a 1-0 victory against Real Valladolid in the late game. Fernando Torres scored the only goal on 61 minutes.
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