Messi, contra el Deportivo / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Atletico Madrid lost their 100% home record on Sunday when they went down 0-1 to Real Sociedad and also dropped to third as Real Madrid leapfrogged them with a 1-2 win at Celta.
At the bottom, Mallorca won their second game on the run and are now third from bottom, with Zaragoza and Granada just ahead of them after their goalless draw at La Romareda.

Real Sociedad claim another big scalp

Atletico Madrid lost their unbeaten home record on Sunday when in-form Real Sociedad beat them with a second half Xabi Prieto strike- Atletico boss Diego Simeone admitted after the game: “they closed us down and showed how good they are on the break”. Real Sociedad have now beaten three of the top four so far this season, with only Real Madrid getting the better of them, 4-3 at the Bernabeu – in the last game they lost, 10 weeks ago - and move up to fifth, behind Malaga only on goal difference. Malaga didn’t get the best preparation for their Champions League clash against Oporto, being held to a 1-1 draw at Valladolid, which means they have failed to win in all three games since the first leg in Portugal.

Valencia’s top four hopes dented by Munuain

Valencia’s hopes of a top four finish suffered a blow when they went down 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao - a late Muniain strike gave the Basques their second win on the run and left Valencia in seventh, a point behind Betis and two off Malaga and Real. Rayo Vallecaano meanwhile, moved to within a point of Valencia with a 2-0 win over Espanyol as Aguirre’s team slumped to their second defeat in three games. With a run of tough games against Malaga, Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Valencia on the horizon, Espanyol now sit 14th, level on points with Athletic Bilbao and eight points off the drop zone.

Mallorca win again

Mallorca won their second game on the run on Saturday, beating Seville 2-1 thanks to a brace from Alfaro, with Negredo on target for Seville for his 14th goal of the season. The six points Mallorca have taken over the last two weeks means they move up to 24 points, third from bottom – overtaking Celta(23 points), who lost 1-2 to Real Madrid, despite a brave performance that deserved more. Gregorio Manzano’s team have their sights set on Zaragoza (26) and Granada(27) after the two drew a dour affair 0-0 on Monday night, with Osasuna a further point ahead on 28.

Levante fail to score and lose Martens

In the weekend’s other game, Levante failed to score in their game against Getafe which ended 0-0. It’s the eighth time Levante have failed to score in the league this season and ominously, the result coincided with the news that leading scorer Obafemi Martens has left the club to join Seattle Sounders.


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