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Atletico Madrid are still waiting to win a Madrid derby this century after they were sunk by a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick on Wednesday night. Despite Falcao pulling back Ronaldo’s first half opener, the Portuguese star scored two more before setting up Callejon for Madrid’s fourth. Xabi Alonso picked up a yellow card which will see him miss this weekend’s game against Sporting, but ensures he will be available for the trip to the Camp Nou.

Valencia back in third

Rayo scored six without reply on Sunday, but they went down to a heavy 4-1 defeat at Valencia on Wednesday as Emery’s team retook third spot. Malaga again slipped up at a vital moment, going down 2-1 at Villarreal, which leaves them fourth, two points behind Valencia. With just over five minutes to go it looked as if Santi Cazorla’s goal for Malaga was going to be enough to give them the points, but late goals from Senna and Hernan Perez ensured that Villarreal put some space between them and the bottom three, whilst Pellegrini’s team are just two ahead of Levante, with visits to Osasuna, Barça and Atletico Madrid, as well as a crucial six pointer at home to Valencia to come before the end of the season.

Levante slip up ahead of Barça game

Levante didn’t enjoy an ideal preparation for Barça’s visit this weekend, going down 3-2 away to Sporting , as Clemente’s men twice came from behind to give themselves the slightest glimmer of hope. Sporting are now on 28 points, seven behind Villarreal in 17th and level with Zaragoza, who were beaten 3-0 at Seville, whilst Racing never recovered from a first minute goal by Mallorca and went down 0-3 - their seventh defeat in their last eight games- to remain on 25 points.

Seville threatening

Seville’s win - with two more goals from Alvaro Negredo – was their fifth on the run since they lost 0-2 to Barça and puts them very much back in line for a European place, just a point behind Osasuna, on 46, and with Levante (who visit the Sanchez Pijuan in a fortnight’s time), Malaga and Valencia very much in their sights. Osasuna bounced back well from their nightmare against Rayo, beating Espanyol 2-0 with both goals by Raul Garcia and after taking just three points from their last five games and with tough matches against Valencia, Atletico, Barça and Seville coming up, it looks as if Espanyol’s hopes for a European place may have to wait for yet another season.

Death overshadows Bilbao point

Bilbao’s 2-2 draw in Granada was overshadowed by the news that one of their young supporters had died from injuries received from a rubber bullet fired by police at fans following the game against Schalke 04. A number of Bilbao players attended the funeral.

In the other midweek game, neither Real Sociedad nor Betis were able to clinch the win that would probably secure safety and the longed for 40 points, with both teams sharing the points after a 1-1 draw at Anoeta that leaves the Basques on 38 and Betis on 39.

 

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