La Liga: Villarreal hit rock bottom at Xerez; Mallorca up to fifth; Osasuna batter Atletico Madrid; Gijon win in Bilbao

Xerez 2 – Villarreal 1 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) In the basement-battle between the two last winless teams in LA Liga,  Xerez fell behind to a Robert Pires strike after 17 minutes.Villarreal were pegged back to when Mario Bermejo headed in at a corner before the break, and Xerez scored a controversial winner 10 minutes from time when a clearance appeared to strike an attacker’s arm, and Antonito lobbed the ball back into the empty net.

Malaga 1 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Cisma struck first for Almeria when he curled in a delightful free-kick from 25-yards out before Fernando Soriano got to the end of Pablo Piatti’s through ball to double the advantage. Malaga finally pulled one back through Edinho, but the hosts failed to find an equaliser.

Zaragoza 2 – Racing Santander 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) The hosts took a 2-goal lead, opening after Pennant’s cross was cracked home by Francisco Pavon from close range. Lafita teed up Javier Arizmendi for number two, but with ten minutes to go Racing began their comeback. Mohamed Tchite reduced the arrears with a near-post finish from a corner and four minutes from the end Serrano himself got on the scoresheet with a long-range thunderbolt.

Espanyol 2 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Ivan Alonso’s brace sandwiched an effort from Alejandro Alfaro to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men victory.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Sporting’s hero was Miguel as he grabbed a brace for the visitors. Gaizka Toquero pulled one back with ten minutes remaining for Bilbao, but the Basque side could not find an equaliser.

Mallorca 3 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) Julio Alvarez opened the scoring (31) for The Islanders, and they swept to victory thanks to a second-half brace from Aduriz. Getafe claimed a late consolation from Juan Albin.

Osasuna 3 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, October 18, 2009) A brace of headers from veteran goalscorer Walter Pandiani (4 and 28) rocked the capital club on their heels and Carlos Aranda added another for good measure in the 30th minute.