Mallorca occupy the fourth Champions League spot after a 3-0 win over Valladolid on Sunday evening. Nunes gave the islanders an early lead after Julio Alvarez's free kick fell to him. And Aduríz and Borja Valero added two more in a three minute period midway through the second half to make it three home wins in a row for Gregorio Manzano's side.
Deportivo are fifth after they beat Villarreal 1-0 in the last match of the weekend. Juca got the only goal with a well struck free kick in the seventh minute to leave Ernesto Valverde's side down in next to bottom spot. Xerez stay at the foot of the table, although they picked up their first point of the season in a 0-0 draw at Espanyol.
Zaragoza are now eighth after they beat Getafe 3-0. Pavón and Abel Aguilar headed in Jorge López corners in the first half, and Aguilar got the third after picking up Ewerthon's pass near the end. Osasuna are level with the Maños after they won 1-0 against Sporting Gijón, Nekounam scoring from the penalty spot after Sastre handled in the area.
Almería and Racing Santander are just below them in the table after they shared the points in a 2-2 draw. Crusat's early goal was overturned by strikes from Tchité and Lacen after the restart, but a last minute Kalu Uche header saved the day for the locals. (27.09.09)
Real Madrid and Barcelona are still level at the top of the table after both won their fifth matches in a row. Real Madrid beat Tenerife 3-0 in the opening game on Saturday, although it was a flattering result as their opponents put up a good fight. The first goal didn't come until after the break, when Benzema headed a Xabi Alonso cross down past Aragoneses. The French striker took advantage of slack defending to make it two a few minutes later, and half time substitute Kaká wrapped things up with a shot from outside of the area later on.
Later in the evening Barcelona won 0-2 at Málaga, a result which was a goal short of keeping them in top spot. Guardiola had rested Ibrahimovic at the start, but an injury to Henry meant he was forced to turn to the Swedish striker earlier than expected. And within ten minutes of coming on he opened the scoring, picking up a lifted pass from Messi to beat Munúa. Piqué replaced the injured Chygrynskiy after the break, and he too got his name on the scoresheet five minutes later after connecting with Xavi's free kick.
Sevilla are just three points behind the leaders though after they beat Athletic Bilbao 0-4. Renato surprised Gorka with a wide free kick to put the Andalusians ahead in the fifth minute, and Negredo added the second after Diego Capel set him up a few minutes later. Kanouté made it three on the stroke of half time, and after Amorebieta was sent off for a second bookable offence, Jesús Navas completed the scoring midway through the second half.
Valencia and Atlético Madrid came in to the last match of the evening knowing that the losing manager could be up against the ropes. So in the end a 2-2 draw wasn't a bad result for either side. Agúero put the visitors in front early on, but two goals in as many minutes by Pablo Hernández and David Villa turned the scoreline around before the break. With the game in injury time though Alexis could only head Antonio López's cross in to the path of Maxi, who fired a first time shot wide of Moyà to level the scores. (26.09.09)