First division - day 4
Leaders Real Madrid lost their first points of the season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Valladolid on Sunday night. Pedro López gave the newly promoted team the lead with a spectacular long shot twenty minutes from the end. But Guti produced a defence splitting pass with five minutes to go, allowing Van Nistelrooy to slip the ball across to substitute Saviola for him to equalise with virtually his first touch since coming on.
Madrid stay a point ahead of Villarreal, who move up to second place thanks to a 2-0 victory over Murcia. The game seemed to be heading for a draw when local coach Pellegrini brought on Rossi. And the ex Manchester United striker scored twice in the last six minutes to tie up the three points for his side, the first after picking up a return pass from Senna and the second following a cross from Mati Fernández.
Valencia are level with Villarreal though after beating Betis 1-2. Quique Flores rested several key players, but Miguel cut through from the half way line to shoot wide of Ricardo midway through the second half, and Joaquín made it two a few minutes later, a goal he refused to celebrate out of respect for his old fans. Sobis got a late consolation, but it was not enough to stop his side sliding into the bottom three.
Atlético Madrid are up to sixth place after a 4-0 win over Racing Santander. Raúl García took advantage of a defensive mistake to open the scoring early on, and the visitors were left with ten men when Jordi picked up two bookings within four minutes of coming on as substitute. After that Agüero, Forlán and Simao added three more to give Javier Aguirre's side their first league win of the season.
First wins as well this weekend for Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao. Zaragoza beat Osasuna 2-1, Milito wining it from the penalty spot after Juanfran had cancelled out Matuzalem's early strike. Osasuna ended the weekend just above the drop zone, albeit with a game in hand. And Athletic Bilbao won 1-2 against bottom club Levante, Aduriz scoring a goal in each half before Riganó got one back late on. The Italian striker had missed a penalty a few minutes earlier.
The other two games on Sunday ended all square, with Getafe paying the price of their first ever appearance in Europe midweek with a 0-0 draw against Deportivo. Michael Laudrup's side had the better chances, but were unable to score and ended the weekend in the relegation spots. Elsewhere Almería and Mallorca drew 1-1, Mané putting the home side ahead on the half hour mark but Güiza equalising after the restart. (23.09.07)
Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday evening to move up to second in the table. Frank Rijkaard's side didn't miss the injured Ronaldinho, and had several chances to open the scoring in the first half. Renato headed against the upright at the other end before the break, but Henry hit the post before setting up Messi to volley past Palop with twenty minutes to go. Soon afterwards Messi added the second from the penalty spot after Pôulsen fouled Giovani, and Kanouté's late consolation goal came too late to change the result.
Recreativo recorded their first win of the season after coming from behind to beat Espanyol 2-1. Riera put the Catalans ahead in the sixth minute when he latched on to Luis García's short free kick to beat Sorrentino. But Javi Guerrero scored twice in five minutes early in the second half to turn things around, the first an impressive tight angled volley after lifting the ball past two defenders, and the second after intercepting a bad back pass from Clemente. (22.09.07)