First division, day 4
Spain's three Champions League sides share the lead at the top of the table after Barcelona and Valencia drew 1-1 on Sunday evening. The Chés have not lost in the Nou Camp for five years, and they took the lead with just over a quarter of an hour gone when David Villa connected with Miguel's cross to beat Víctor Valdés. Half time substitute Iniesta equalised though just three minutes after coming on after Eto'o headed across Ronaldinho's pass to take his side top of the table, ahead of Real Madrid and Valencia on goal difference.
Last week's leaders Sevilla were beaten 2-1 by Atlético Madrid, who move level with them on points. The Andalusians took the lead when Renato beat Leo Franco close to half time, but they were left with nine men when Escudé and then Javi Navarro were sent off early in the second half, and two goals from Maxi Rodríguez in the last five minutes won it for Javier Aguirre's side.
Deportivo drop to sixth after losing 2-0 at Levante. Both goals were scored by Kapo, the first with a long free kick in the seventeenth minute and the second after Ettien set him up a quarter of an hour from the end. Both sides ended the game with ten men after Berson and Estoyanoff were sent off.
Zaragoza are out of the European spots after losing 3-2 to Villarreal. Pellegrini's side had not scored a goal all season, and they went behind when Aimar turned in Juanfran's cross midway through the first half. But Cani equalised against his old side soon after the restart, and Forlán put the hosts ahead before Riquelme got a third from the penalty spot. Piqué narrowed the gap with a header in injury time.
Recreativo moved up to seventh in the table after an exciting 2-3 win at Real Sociedad. Calle put the Andalusians two up with strikes either side of half time, but a header from Uranga and a Novo penalty squared the match before late substitute Sinama-Pongolle got an injury time winner.
The defeat leaves Real down in the relegation zone, just behind neighbours Athletic Bilbao who drew 0-0 at Getafe. It was a dull game with few chances, and referee Ramírez Domínguez sent off three players, Athletic's Aduriz and Murillo and Getafe's Contra. The point keeps Bernd Schuster's side in eighth place.
Osasuna's revival continues, and they beat fellow UEFA Cup participants Celta 0-2 to move safely up to mid-table. Valdo opened the scoring with a volley late in the first half and Juanfran rounded things off with a second goal in injury time.
Mallorca moved clear of the danger zone with a 1-0 victory over Espanyol. The only goal of the game was scored a quarter of an hour from the end by Maxi López, who turned the ball in on the far post from Jankovic's long pass. Espanyol's Riera was sent off for a second bookable offence soon afterwards.
A last minute header by Zigic earned a first point for bottom club Racing Santander in a 2-2 draw at Nàstic. The two metre tall Serbian striker had already equalised an earlier goal by Cuéllar, but Portillo appeared to have given the Catalans a first home win before Zigic struck again. (24.09.06)
Real Madrid beat Betis 0-1 on Saturday evening to move to the top of the table pending Sunday's games. Fabio Capello's side made it three wins in a row in a practical performance, taking an early lead when Diarra headed in Cicinho's centre and not allowing their opponents much of a look in after that. Van Nistelrooy and Cassano both had chances to extend the lead in the second half but neither could find the net, and both sides ended with ten men after Roberto Carlos left the field with an injury and Nano was sent off late on. (23.09.06)