First division - day 6
Real Madrid held on to top spot with a 0-1 win over city neighbours Getafe on Sunday evening. The home side were unlucky not to take the lead before the break, Manu hitting the post and Casillas making a couple of important saves, and they had more chances before Sergio Ramos turned in Robben's cross for the only goal of the game.
Villarreal stay in second place after a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, Fuentes heading the winner from Senna's cross in the second half. And Valencia are still third after they beat Recreativo 0-1, an early goal from David Villa enough to take the three points.
Atlético Madrid are only a point outside of the top four though after they beat Osasuna 2-0, their fourth win in a row. Raúl García opened the scoring against his old side, and Agüero wrapped things up late on. And Espanyol are sixth after a 1-0 victory over Deportivo, Tamudo scoring on the stroke of half time to leave the Galicians down in the bottom three.
It was a day for single goal victories though, with Racing Santander also winning 0-1 at Almería with a strike from Garay. There were more goals in the other two games though, Betis beating Mallorca 3-0 for their first win of the season, and Murcia winning 1-4 at Valladolid, who played for over an hour with nine men after Cifuentes and Butelle were sent off. (30.09.07)
Barcelona moved to the top of the table pending Sunday's games after hammering bottom club Levante 1-4. Frank Rijkaard's side dominated throughout, with Messi twice setting up Henry to give the visitors a two goal lead at the break. Three minutes after the restart Henry picked up a deflected Deco pass to complete his hat-trick, and two minutes later Messi himself made it four. With one eye on Tuesday's Champions League game, Rijkaard rested key players, and Riganó hit the post before Viquiera finally scored from the penalty spot later on.
Earlier in the evening Zaragoza beat Sevilla 2-0 to move ahead of their opponents in the table. Virtually all the chances in the first half fell to the visitors, and Kone somehow missed the target again after cutting past three players just a minute after the restart. But substitute D'Alessandro beat César with a well struck free kick minutes later, and Sergio García added a second near the end to make it four defeats in a row for the Andalusians. (29.09.07)