First division, day 15
Barcelona came back from a goal down to beat Sevilla 2-1 and stay at the top of the table. All three goals came in the last half hour, the visitors taking the lead when Kanouté finished off after Saviola's shot came back off the post. Two minutes later though the hosts were level after Eto'o headed in from close range following a corner, and Ronaldinho (who had received the "golden ball" award before kick off) ran on to Larsson's pass to beat Palop and make it a record eleven wins in a row.
Earlier in the evening Osasuna had thrown down the gauntlet with a 1-0 win over Mallorca, taking them momentarily above Frank Rijkaard's side. Webó took advantage of a bad clearance from Prats in the fifth minute to run on and score, and Ricardo and his defence did the rest. The Pamplona based team have a 100% home record this season, and they stay level on points with the leaders, six points clear of the rest.
Real Madrid's new coach López Caro got off to a good start with a 0-2 win at Málaga, taking the "Galacticos" up to third in the table. Both goals came in a four minute period in the first half, Sergio Ramos heading Zidane's corner down past Arnau with just over half an hour gone and Robinho picking up a return pass from Zidane and running round Fernando Sanz to fire a shot inside the post a few minutes later.
Deportivo are now fifth, just behind Villarreal on goal difference, after beating Cádiz 1-0 in the Riazor stadium. Diego Tristán was given a hard time by his own fans, but he came up trumps with a well taken strike after Valerón set him up five minutes in to the second half. The Andalusians have now only taken two points from their last seven games, and they drop to within two points of the relegation spots.
The Galicians move ahead of their local rivals Celta, who they meet next week. The Vigo based side lost 1-0 to Zaragoza, who appear to be on the way to recovery after a bad run. Once again Ewerthon was the saviour for Víctor Muñoz's side, his strike in the second half allowing his side to take the three points and move safely up to midtable.
Getafe lost ground on the leading group though after a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Racing Santander. Antoñito put the Cantabrians ahead midway through the first half, and although Pernía levelled the scores with a free kick just before the break, substitute Aganzo headed the winner five minutes from the end.
Another disappointing performance from Atlético Madrid, their 1-1 draw against Alavés extending their run without a win to six matches. Fernando Torres put Carlos Bianchi's side into the lead with a spectacular strike midway through the second half, but once again they threw it away and Sarriegui headed an equaliser ten minutes from the end.
Drama as well at Betis, where the local side stay at the bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw with Espanyol. Both managers were under pressure to get a result, but Lotina came out the better of the two, the point keeping his team two above their rivals, who are level on points with Alavés and Athletic Bilbao. (11.12.05)
Villarreal moved up to third in the table after coming from behind to beat Real Sociedad 1-3 on Saturday evening. Nihat got ahead of Gonzalo to control Cifu's pass on his chest and poke a shot past Viera with only five minutes on the clock, but Guayre levelled the scores shortly before the break after Riquelme set him up, and then scored a second soon after the restart after Riesgo could only push out a shot from Diego Forlán. And Riquelme got a third with a shot from outside of the area a few minutes later to round off what has been a good week for Pellegrini's side.
Valencia are also in the Champions League spots pending Sunday's games, although they were disappointed to only get a point in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao. Quique Flores's side did all the attacking in the first half and Aimar hit the post soon after the restart, but their visitors took the lead shortly afterwards when Etxeberría headed Orbaiz's free kick on past Cañizares. Bilbao were left with ten men when Tarantino was sent off a few minutes later though, and Aimar found Vicente for him to save a point near the end. The result takes Javier Clemente's side above Racing Santander and out of the relegation zone. (10.12.05)