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Match round-up - First Division, Day 23

Not the best of starts for Deportivo’s new coach Clarence Seedorf, a 0-1 defeat against Betis in the Monday night game leaving the Galicians in next to bottom spot, three points away from safety. Loren got the only goal early on in the second half to take the Andalusians to within three points of the European spots. (12.02.18)

Leaders Barcelona were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw in the Nou Camp by Getafe on Sunday, and although they remain unbeaten, their lead has been cut to nine points after a second draw in a row. Valencia are back up to third after they beat city rivals Levante 3-1, a strike by Vietto and a controversial late penalty by Dani Parejo giving them the three points after Postigo had cancelled out Santi Mina’s opener. Sevilla return to sixth spot after a 1-0 victory over Girona, Sarabia scoring the winner immediately after the restart, but Sergio Rico having to save an Aday penalty later on to ensure the three points. And Celta move a point ahead of Girona to eighth after they drew 2-2 against Espanyol, two goals by Maxi Gómez overturning Leo Baptistao’s early strike, but Gerard Moreno saving a point for the visitors with three minutes to go. (11.02.18)

Real Madrid warmed up before their vital Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain with 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday evening. By half time they were already four up, Ronaldo setting up Lucas Vázquez before netting twice, and Kroos also getting on the scoresheet. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick after the break, but strikes from Jon Bautista and Illarramendi took a bit of shine off their performance. The result takes Zidane’s side above Valencia pending Sunday’s games, but they are still ten points below second placed Atlético after they beat Málaga 0-1 earlier in the evening, Griezmann getting the only goal in the first minute. The defeat leaves the Andalusians even further adrift at the bottom of the table after Las Palmas picked up a point in a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Friday night game. Fifth placed Villarreal meanwhile missed out on a chance of catching Valencia after they lost 1-2 at home to Alavés, Rodrigo Ely and Ibai Gómez scoring for the visitors before Bacca got one back late on, and Eibar are now up to sixth after they won 0-1 at Leganés, Ramís heading in an injury time corner to move six points clear of their hosts. (10.02.18)