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Match round-up - First Division, Day 10

Betis came in to Monday night’s game at Espanyol knowing that a win would take them up to fifth, but in the end they stay in eighth spot after a 1-0 defeat. Gerard Moreno got the only goal for the Catalans some ten minutes in to the second half to take his side up in to the top half of the table. Elsewhere Las Palmas remain in the relegation spots after they lost 1-3 to Deportivo. The Canary Islanders had beaten their opponents in the cup just four days ago, and they took an early lead through Rémy. However Celso Borges headed in two for the visitors either side of half time, and Lucas Pérez converted a penalty with twenty minutes to go to take the Galicians five points clear of their hosts in the table. (30.10.17)

A big surprise on Sunday, third placed Real Madrid now eight points behind leaders Barcelona after a 2-1 defeat at newly promoted Girona. Isco put the visitors ahead early on, but two goals in a four minute period soon after the break by Stuani and Portu gave the Catalans a historic win. Earlier in the day Real Sociedad lost 2-1 at Getafe, and they end the day three points below the European spots. Oyarzabal did give the Basque side an early lead, but an Angel strike and a Molina penalty turned the scoreline around late on. Further down the table Málaga finally got their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Celta taking the Andalusians off the bottom of the table above Alavés. Adrián González (son of coach Michel) headed the opener on the stroke of half time, and Recio won it from the penalty spot after Iago Aspas had levelled the scores. Eibar meanwhile edged away from the drop zone after they came back from two down to draw 2-2 against Levante, a second half Arbilla free kick and a late goal by Charles saving the day after Morales and Bardhi had put the visitors two up by the interval. (29.10.17)

Barcelona extended the lead over their old rivals after a 0-2 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Messi put the Catalans ahead shortly before the break, but Ter Stegen had to make some important saves before Paulinho wrapped things up in injury time. Valencia are keeping pace with the leaders though, and they stay four points behind Valverde’s team in second spot after a 1-2 victory at Alavés. Zaza fired the Chés into a first half lead, and although Alexis headed the equaliser after the restart, Rodrigo got the winner from the penalty spot midway through the second half. Fourth placed Atlético Madrid are now four points below Valencia after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal, Correa opening the scoring on the hour mark, but Bacca saving a point for the visitors late on. And Sevilla are back up to fifth after they beat Leganés 2-1, a Szymanowski penalty soon after the interval cancelling out Ben Yedder’s first half strike, but Sarabia giving the Andalusians the three points a few minutes later. (28.10.17)