First division, day 10
Barcelona kept up the pressure on leaders Osasuna with a 1-3 victory over Getafe. For the second game in a row Frank Rijkaard's side took the lead with less than a minute on the clock, a mistake by Pulido allowing Sylvinho to set up Eto'o for his fourth goal in four days. The Camerooni striker picked up a pass from Ronaldinho to gift Giuly a second goal with just over an hour gone, and Motta made it three when he curled a free kick past Luis García. Pernía got on the end of a Rivas cross to volley in a spectacular goal in the dying moments, but the game was already well over by then.
Barcelona visit Real Madrid in their next league game in two weeks' time, and the build up has already begun. Luxemburgo's side held on to third place after a 1-0 win over Zaragoza, although it was not a convincing victory and it took two penalties for them to do so. Only a couple of efforts from Robinho and Raúl caused any problems for César, and Diego Milito hit the bar before Robinho won his first penalty. César saved the Brazilan's spot kick, but three minutes later he was awarded another and this time Roberto Carlos tucked the ball past the ex Real Madrid keeper to win the match.
Celta moved back up to fourth spot in the table after beating Alavés 2-1. The Galicians took the lead when Canobbio picked up a return pass to beat Costanzo midway through the first half, and substitute Jonathan got a second after the restart, following up after the keeper saved Borja Oubiña's penalty. A minute later Astudillo pulled one back from Rubén Navarro's free kick, but the visitors were unable to do more and ended the weekend still down in the relegation places.
Sevilla were held to a 0-0 draw by Atlético Madrid, but still ended the weekend in sixth position thanks to the poor results of their closest rivals. The Andalusians had the better of the first half, with Leo Franco in particular keeping out an effort from Daniel Alves. But the visitors came back after the break, and Palop had to be at his best to save from Kezman.
It was another day for draws though, with Deportivo moving up to seventh position after a 1-1 result at Málaga. Both sides hit the woodwork before the locals took the lead, Nacho striking a spectacular overhead kick past Molina early in the second half. But Valerón latched on to a cross from substitute Iván Carril to shoot low past Arnau and save a point for his side.
A 1-1 draw as well between Racing Santander and Betis, a result which was just enough to take the Andalusians over Espanyol and out of the relegation spots. Chelsea goalscoring hero Dani headed Serra Ferrer's side in front midway through the first half, the referee waving away claims for a foul by the centre forward. But ex Sevilla striker Antoñito came on to square the game after the restart.
Mallorca also moved further away from the drop zone after beating Cádiz 1-2. The home side opened the scoring when Enrique picked up De Quintana's long pass to beat Prats, but Víctor equalised a few minutes later. And although the visitors were left with ten men when Pereyra was sent off shortly before the interval, Arango won the game for them with a well struck free kick late on. (06.11.05)
Osasuna are sure of a third week in a row at the top of the table after beating neighbours Real Sociedad 1-2. The locals had not lost in their Anoeta stadium all season, but they fell behind when Raúl García headed a cross from Corrales past Riesgo on the half hour mark. Xabi Prieto equalised from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Valdo handled in the area, but after Riesgo kept out a couple of efforts from Milosevic early in the second half, Cuéllar headed the winner from Puñal's free kick to take his side five points clear pending Sunday's games.
Villarreal moved up to third spot after beating local rivals Valencia 1-0 in the last match on Saturday evening. With Forlán injured, Figueroa joined José Marí up front, and the Argentine striker took advantage to score what was to be the only goal of the game midway through the first half. The visitors had hardly troubled Barbosa throughout the first forty five minutes, but the young keeper was called upon to make several top class saves after the restart, especially from Villa and Miguel, and then from Albelda and Mista later on.
A late goal from substitute Corominas saved a point for Espanyol against Athletic Bilbao and earned some breathing space for beleaguered manager Miguel Angel Lotina. Whereas the Basque side had decided to replace their coach with Javier Clemente midweek, Lotina had been given a brief reprieve to try and turn round a string of bad results. But things seemed to be going against him when Luis Prieto headed home a free kick from Yeste in the first half. Corominas popped up to make it 1-1 near the end though, leaving Athletic still down at the bottom of the table. (05.11.05)