First division, day 5
Valencia moved up to second in the table, just behind Barcelona on goal difference, after beating Gimnàstic 4-0. Morientes turned in David Villa's cross to open the scoring early in the first half, but the visitors held on until eight minutes in to the second half, when Villa connected with Gavilán's set piece free kick to shoot inside the far post. Villa got his second of the night a few minutes later after a good run by Gavilán left him with an open goal, and Angulo celebrated his call up for Spain with the fourth after Bizzarri had pushed out Silva's lob.
Honours were shared in the Madrid derby after Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid drew 1-1. Mista put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute after Maxi headed Fernando Torres's pass in to his path, and Maniche could have increased the lead later in the first half. Raúl got on the end of a long ball from Guti to equalise close to half time, the striker's third goal in five days, but Sergio Ramos was sent off soon after the restart for a second bookable offence, and substitute Agüero almost won it for Atleti when he chipped a shot over the bar late on.
Sevilla move above Fabio Capello's side to third after a 1-0 win over Getafe. The only goal of the game came on the half hour mark when Luis Fabiano turned Renato's cross past Abbondanzieri, and although the Andalusians had several opportunities after that, Bernd Schuster's team were in with a chance of a point right up until the final whistle.
Deportivo held on to sixth spot with a late 2-0 win over struggling Real Sociedad. The first goal didn't come though until ten minutes from the end, when under 21 international Barragán cut in from the right wing to curl a shot past Riesgo. Five minutes later though Riki squeezed past Juanito down the by-line to beat the keeper from the tightest of angles and wrap things up. The result leaves the Basque side at the bottom of the table.
Recreativo Huelva are proving to be the revelation side at the early stages of the season, and they stay just behind Depor in seventh place after beating neighbours Betis 2-0. The goals came late in this match as well, both from substitutes, with Javi Guerrero setting up Sinama-Pongolle for the ex Liverpool striker to head past Doblas five minutes from the end, and Guerrero himself forcing a shot past the keeper for the second.
Zaragoza came from two goals down to save a point in a 2-2 draw with Levante. The Valencia based side surprised their hosts, with Camacho volleying home a long shot and Kapo controlling a cross from Ettien to put them two up at the break. But half time substitute Celades latched on to Aimar's pass to get one back soon after the restart, and Diego Milito levelled the scores a few minutes later after a deflected shot from Sergio García came back off the post.
Espanyol and Osasuna both qualified for the league stage of the UEFA cup on Thursday night, but they put in a disappointing performance in a 0-0 draw at the Montjuic stadium. Neither keeper was particularly troubled, the best chances being a Pandiani just wide and a shot from Izquierdo which Kameni collected comfortably before the interval.
Villarreal finally got their season under way with a 1-2 victory at Mallorca. Diego Forlán put the game beyond the home side's reach with two goals in a three minute period in the first half, the first after Varela gifted him the ball trying to cut out a cross, and the second with a far post header from José Marí's lifted cross. Jankovic pulled one back with a spectacular volley in the second half, but it was too little too late.
Racing Santander and Celta did themselves no favours with a 1-1 draw which leaves the Cantabrians still in the relegation zone and Fernando Vázquez's side just two points above them. Zigic headed the hosts in to the lead from a corner in the first half, but Iriney squared the match with a low drive through a crowded goalmouth after the restart. Racing had Oriol sent off and Cristian Alvarez struck a last minute penalty against the post, and Miguel Angel Portugal is already on the brink of being the first manager to fall this season. (01.10.06)
Barcelona remain at the top of the table after recovering from a goal down to beat Athletic Bilbao 1-3 on Saturday night. The home side got off to a good start when Yeste volleyed home the first goal in the twelfth minute. But Casas was sent off for a foul on Gudjohnsen soon afterwards, and Frank Rijkaard's side equalised on the stroke of half time when Ustaritz turned Gudjohnsen's cross past his own keeper under pressure from Puyol. Gudjohnsen rounded off a good performance with his side's second goal after Xavi set him up on the hour mark, and Saviola came on to score a third after a quick passing move later on. (30.09.06)