By Andy Hall
Michael Owen scored his fourth goal in as many games as Real Madrid CF defeated city neighbours Getafe CF 2-0 to move within a point of second-placed Sevilla FC, who lost 3-0 against Real Zaragoza.
Owen gave Madrid the lead after 27 minutes of a game seemingly lacking the intensity of a local derby, coolly slotting past Javier Sánchez Broto. Getafe had several opportunities to restore parity, including efforts from on-loan Madrid striker Riki, but failed to convert. Ronaldo then eased nerves when Broto could only parry Raúl González’s shot into his path and the Brazilian steered into an empty net on 78 minutes. Mariano García Remón’s side now trail leaders FC Barcelona by just seven points.
Two goals from David Villa - a penalty and a delicate finish after Luciano Galletti's 12th-minute header - helped Zaragoza earn a 3-0 win against Sevilla FC to leapfrog their opponents into fourth place. Level on points are Levante UD, who earned a 1-0 victory away against CA Osasuna thanks to a sublime, long-range strike from on-loan Barça striker Sergio García. The victory sees Zaragoza equal their best ever home run, set 40 years ago by the side dubbed 'the Magníficos' by the Spanish press.
RC Deportivo La Coruña's meeting with Albacete Balompié ended goalless, a result that sees them drop to tenth. Villarreal CF and RCD Espanyol also played out a stalemate while Ricardo Oliviera scored and was then sent off in Real Betis Balompié's 1-1 draw with Málaga CF. Gerardo García's spectacular, curling free-kick was the only highlight for Málaga, who were also reduced to ten men when Cléver Romero was dismissed with ten minutes remaining.
There seems to be no end to RCD Mallorca's troubles as they crashed 2-1 at home against Real Racing Club de Santander. Pedro López opened the scoring on two minutes but Jorge López appeared to have gained his side a point with ten minutes remaining before Yossi Benayoun's last-gasp strike ensured the Islanders drop to second from bottom. CD Numancia remain at the foot of the table after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad de Fútbol, with Mikel Labaka and Valery Karpin both finding the net.
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