Celta took a two point lead over Deportivo at the top of the first division after beating Espanyol by 1-0 on Sunday. Catanha scored the goal in the first half, and after recently getting dual Spanish and Brazilian nationality, he could be in Camacho's squad for Spain's World Cup qualifiers next month. Valencia moved up to fourth behind Real Madrid after a 0-3 victory over Numancia. All three goals came in the second half after Numancia's Soria was sent off before the break. Juan Sánchez got the first two. A Dely Valdés goal for Málaga kept Mallorca in last place, and Villarreal's new signing Arruabarrena gave his side a 1-0 victory against Oviedo. Osasuna and Rayo Vallecano drew 2-2 in a hard fought match. Rayo's Bolo got his seventh of the season from the penalty spot.

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