Puyol against Real Sociedad /PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ -FCB

Seville’s 1-2 defeat to Villarreal meant the end of the road for Marcelino, but the three points
lifted the visitors out of the bottom three: Sporting and Racing both managed a point, whilst
Zaragoza lost again and Betis dropped into the danger zone after their 1-0 defeat in Mallorca.

Madrid maintain winning ways

Real Madrid kept up their winning ways – they’ve won all six games since Barça beat them
at the Bernabeu – with a 0-1 win over Getafe thanks to a first half goal from Sergio Ramos,
but none of the five teams chasing Barça managed a win. Valencia will probably be happier
with the point won in the goalless draw with Atletico Madrid than Levante with their 1-1 draw
at home to Racing, whilst Bilbao and Espanyol shared a six goal thriller at San Mames and
Osasuna took a point from their trip to Gijon.

Late Albin equaliser

An injury time strike from Juan Albin earned Espanyol a point in Bilbao after Fernando Llorente
and Javi Marquez had put the Basques once two goals by Romaric and Weiss had cancelled out
De Marcos’ opener for the hosts. Albin was out injured from mid-September to early January
and he claimed his goal: “has given me the lift I needed. I gave it all I could and when the ball
came to me a million things went through my head. I honestly thought it was going wide, but
it touched the bar and went in”. The points leave Espanyol level with Levante on 32 points and
Bilbao and Atletico Madrid behind them on 30.

Michel takes over from Marcelino

Villarreal built on last week’s point against Barça with a 1-2 win at the Sanchez Pijuan which
proved the final straw for Seville, who gave boss Marcelino his marching orders following the
defeat which leaves them six points adrift of the Champions League spots in 11th place. Despite
the return of Kanoute alongside Negredo up front for Seville, Villarreal players got all three
goals – Borja Valero and Camuñas at the right end and Bruno through his own net – which
lifted them up to 16th place on 23 points. Michel was named new Seville boss late on Monday

Point for Osasuna ahead of Barça game

Osasuna will go into next weekend’s game against Barça in 9th place on 23 points following
their 1-1 draw against Sporting in Gijon, but their Catalan defender Marc Beltran is clear that
next Saturday’s game will most likely be a tougher affair: “Barça are probably the best team in
the world right now, All their players are spectacular and they can cause you problems all over
the pitch”. The point didn’t do Sporting, under new boss Iñaki Tejado, much good, with Racing
and Villarreal also getting positive results to leave the Gijon outfit next to bottom and four
points off safety.

Gloom deepens for Zaragoza

Zaragoza’s gloom deepened with a 1-2 defeat at home to Rayo, with Diego Costa and Michu
wiping out a first half opener from Postiga and leaving their hosts 10 points adrift of the third
from bottom team and in serious trouble. Real Sociedad’s defeat at the Camp Nou leaves them
just two points above the relegation places, whilst Betis are a point below them after a great
goal from a free kick by Castro gave Mallorca a 1-0 win in a game which Betis also had two
players - Ramis and Casedesus - sent off. Granada moved to 14th with Abel’s second win in
charge – a 2-1 victory over Malaga on Monday night, in which the visitors lost Demichellis to a
red card late on.

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