Cuenca and F. Luis / Photo: Miguel Ruiz - FCB

Seville closing in

Michel claimed his second win on the run as Seville boss, with a 1-2 win over a disappointing
Valencia. Emery’s team took the lead on 25 minutes through Tino Costa, but soon after Medel
equalised and Jesus Navas grabbed the winner after the break. Valencia are now just 5 points
ahead of fourth placed Levante who have 35, whilst Seville are up to tenth, just three further
points back on 32 with a crunch game against Atletico Madrid and a trip to Sporting ahead of
their game against Barça in three weeks time.

Espanyol miss their chance

Espanyol blew a great chance to consolidate their position in fourth, going down 1-2 to
Levante, who managed their first win in 9 games thanks to a 90th minute strike from Ruben
Suarez that sent them back into the top four, whilst their hosts dropped to eighth. Things are
so tight below the top three that Betis’ 1-1 draw with Getafe and Real Sociedad’s 1-0 win over
Mallorca leave the Andalucian and Basque teams on in 12th and 13th positions on 30 points,
just five below Levante.

Wins for Malaga and Osasuna

Above Seville are Atletico Madrid on 32, Espanyol on 33 and Malaga, Bilbao and Osasuna on
34. Malaga brushed aside an early opener from Zaragoza to run out 5-1 winners, whilst Bilbao
were held 2-2 at Villarreal and Osasuna beat Granada 2-1,though they lost striker Dejan Lejic
with a broken wrist that will probably rule him out for the rest of the season and captain Patxi
Puñal who was sent off.

Zaragoza deeper in trouble

That defeat for Zaragoza means they are now 12 points off Villarreal who are fourth from
bottom and who they meet in what is looking like a do or die game next weekend. Villarreal’s
draw takes them to within one point of Granada and Mallorca on 28, whilst below them,
neither Racing(24) nor Sporting(21) will take much heart from their 1-1 draw in Santander.

Morinho: “draw would have been a fair result”

Leaders Real Madrid continued their winning run with a narrow 0-1 win over Rayo, in a game
boss Jose Mourinho admitted: “Rayo didn’t deserve to lose and a draw would have been a fair
result- these were the toughest three points of the league so far”. Cristiano Ronaldo got the
winning goal with a spectacular back heel, but the woodwork and keeper Casillas played just as
big a part in the Madrid win.

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