Jon Dahl Tomasson's late goal gave third-placed Villarreal CF a 2-1 win at FC Barcelona leaving the Catalan giants eight points adrift of Primera División leaders Real Madrid CF.
Marcos Senna had given Villarreal a 32nd-minute lead from the penalty spot but thereafter, the visitors found themselves on the back foot as Barça pressed forward in search of an equaliser. They had to wait until midway through the second half, though, when Andrés Iniesta played a one-two with Ronaldinho and cut the ball back for Xavi Hernández to ram home. The home side poured forward in search of the winner but were hit on the break and Sebastián Eguren squared for Tomasson to apply the simplest of finishes in the 81st minute. The Yellow Submarine are now just four points behind their hosts.
Sevilla CF moved into the top six with a 2-1 win over Levante UD after goals from Seydou Keita, in the 28th minute, and Luis Fabiano, four minutes into the second half helped them to come from behind after Mustapha Riga's early strike. Real Racing Club Santander went fifth after comfortably seeing off the challenge of Real Betis Balompié through second-half efforts from Aldo Duscher (51), Ezequiel Garay (59) and Mohammed Tchite (88).
RCD Mallorca moved further away from the relegation zone with a 7-1 hammering of RC Recreativo de Huelva, who stay third from bottom. All the goals came between the 21st and 50th minutes with Juan Fernando Arango getting the first and last two to claim a hat-trick while both Daniel Guiza and Borja Valero scored twice.
Elsewhere, Valencia CF squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with RC Deportivo La Coruña at Mestalla. Juan Manuel Mata gave the home side a 17th-minute lead and David Villa doubled it seven minutes later. However, Sergio González replied and Ángel Lafita scored on the stroke of half-time to level. Athletic Club Bilbao defeated Real Valladolid CF 2-0 to jump above their rivals and UEFA Cup debutants Getafe CF won 3-0 at struggling Real Murcia CF while CA Osasuna were 2-1 winners against UD Almería.
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