Brief reports of matches played in the Primera Liga on Sunday: ALMERIA 0 DEPORTIVO CORUNA 1 Almeria had striker Alvaro Negredo sent off for elbowing in the 52nd minute and soon after conceded a penalty. Depor's Joan Verdu put the spot kick against the crossbar but made amends in the 75th minute, putting away Andres Guardado's cross at the second attempt. Gonzalo Arconada's Almeria were whistled off the pitch at the end. ATHLETIC BILBAO 2 NUMANCIA 0 Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente opened the scoring with a header in the seventh minute and doubled the lead with a solo effort after half an hour. The home side finished with ten men following the last minute red card for Xabier Etxeita. The victory eased the pressure on coach Joaquin Caparros as it lifted his side out of the relegation places. ATLETICO MADRID 4 RACING SANTANDER 1 Racing's Mohamed Tchite scored from the penalty spot after only seven minutes but Atletico struck back against the run of play. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan nodded down for Simao Sabrosa to score with a rasping shot, and he laid on Sergio Aguero for the second, just after Racing's Cesar Navas was sent off in the 32nd minute. Atletico laboured against ten men but late on Forlan struck a fierce drive to make it 3-1 and three minutes later headed his second. ESPANYOL 0 SPORTING GIJON 1 Sporting sealed the win with an impressive 29th-minute strike from forward Carmelo, and Espanyol were unable to react. The home side's fourth straight defeat left coach Bartolome Marquez's future in the spotlight as the team were barracked by fans when they left the pitch at the end of each half. MALAGA 4 OSASUNA 2 After a goalless first half, Malaga went ahead with a penalty from Apono. French striker Nabil Baha doubled the lead with a header, but Osasuna levelled with two goals in two minutes. Iran's Javad Nekounam headed in at the back post in the 78th followed swiftly by another header from Miguel Flano. Albert Luque's deflected shot restored the home side's lead and Portuguese midfielder Eliseu wrapped it up on a counter-attack at the end. REAL VALLADOLID 3 REAL MALLORCA 0 Valladolid beat Real Madrid and Villarreal before the visit of Mallorca and went ahead in the 29th minute, when Jose Antonio Garcia Calvo reacted quickest after German Lux could only parry a free kick. Angel Vivar Dorado scored an almost identical goal in the 56th, appearing to use his arm to steer in Lux's parry, and Swedish striker Henok Goitom made it 3-0 when Mallorca's defence halted for an offside, and the referee waved play on. RECREATIVO HUELVA 1 VILLARREAL 2 Santi Cazorla's speculative long-range shot deflected in to give Villarreal the lead after 26 minutes and their Argentine midfielder Ariel Ibagaza curled a free kick over the wall just before the break. Recre pulled one back with an Adrian Colunga penalty in the 82nd, but they remain the only side in the Primera Liga without a home win this season. VALENCIA 3 REAL BETIS 2 Valencia had lost two on the trot at the Mestalla but David Villa volleyed them in front after ten minutes. Juan Mata beat two defenders to make it 2-0 soon after, but Betis hit back after the break. Betis's Juanma scored at the near post after 56 minutes and Achille Emana levelled from the penalty spot eight minutes later, when Valencia had Carlos Marchena sent off. Ruben Baraja headed the winner for the home side from a free kick near the end. Played Saturday: GETAFE 3 REAL MADRID 1 Getafe's Uruguayan forward Juan Albin headed home Jaime Gavilan's cross after three minutes and injury-hit Real struggled to respond. Albin broke away to double the lead in the 47th only for Argentine Javier Saviola to pull one back in the 55th. Getafe always had the upper hand, though, and Albin set up Nigeria striker Ikechukwu Uche for a third on the break near the end. SEVILLA 0 BARCELONA 3 Barca's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was quickest to a loose ball for his 14th goal in 13 Primera Liga matches this season after 20 minutes of an evenly-balanced contest. Sevilla hit the bar before the break but Barca's Lionel Messi was a constant threat. The Argentine forward volleyed past Andres Palop in the 79th and wrapped up the scoring by rounding Palop at the end. Sevilla had Luis Fabiano sent off in the 86th.
30 November 2008
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