Spain round-up: Betis keep up the pressure

Real Betis Balompié closed the gap on the leaders with a 1-0 win at Deportivo Alavés on Sunday.

Real Betis Balompié have closed the gap on the leaders in Spain after a 1-0 win at Deportivo Alavés on Sunday.

Decisive goal
Capi scored the decisive goal for Betis three minutes before half-time with a downward header to condemn last year's UEFA Cup finalists to their third successive defeat. To make matters worse for Alavés they had Fabricio Coloccini sent off two minutes from time.

Celta held
Meanwhile, RC Celta de Vigo missed the chance to lead the Primera División when they could only manage a goalless draw against Málaga CF in Sunday's late game. Celta, in fifth place before the match, could have taken pole position with a victory but were held by a resolute Malaga defence in front of 23,000 fans the Balaídos stadium.

Bolic double
Rayo Vallecano were 2-0 winners over CD Tenerife on Sunday, Elvir Bolic scored twice late on to condemn the bottom club to yet another away defeat. Tenerife finished with ten men after goalkeeper Sergio was sent off on the half-hour mark.

Mallorca beaten
There was better fortune for relegation-threatened Real Sociedad who achieved a 1-0 win over Sevilla FC. Oscar de Paula scored the all-important goal 20 minutes from the end. Sociedad are now clear of the bottom three with RCD Mallorca dropping down after a 1-0 defeat by Real Zaragoza. Toro Acuña scored the only goal after 57 minutes.

Osasuna fightback
Club Atlético Osasuna earned a 1-1 home draw against RCD Espanyol after going a goal down in the 17th minute to Raúl Tamudo's strike. Sabino Sánchez levelled for the hosts 22 minutes from time. UD Las Palmas also achieved a 1-1 scoreline at home against Real Valladolid. Fernando Sales put the visitors in the lead just before the interval but Orlando earned his side a point with a goal in the second half.