Mallorca poop on Barca’s parade; Atletico win to improve Champions League chances; Recreativo in trouble as rivals win

Mallorca 2 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) Before the match Barca received an ovation for winning the league. Returning striker Samuel Eto’o met a Bojan cross with a fine header as Barca took the lead at Mallorca. A stunning free-kick from Juan Arango pulled the islanders level on 72nd minutes before Cleber Santana turned the match on its head with a second five minutes later. Samuel Eto’o saw a late penalty saved as the newly cropwned champinos fell to a rare defeat.

Atletico Madrid 1 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) A first half Diego Forlan penalty proved the difference between the sides.

Sporting Gijon 2 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Serrabasa Gerard rose high in the Malaga box to head relegation-threatened Gijon into a 24th minute lead. Weligton brought Malaga level with a header off an inviting dead-ball.

Espanyol 1 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) Luis Garcia stroked home a 69th minute penalty to put Espanyol ahead against Bilbao.

Numancia 1 – Recreativo Huelva 0 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) Numancia moved off the bottom by beating fellow strugglers Recre thanks to a late penalty from Jose Barkero.

Real Betis 2 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) Real Betis also took a giant step towards survival with a 2-nil victory over Almeria which was far more convincing than the scoreline suggested. Mark Gonzalez and Arzu netted in each half although the visitors’ cause was not helped by the 20th minute dismissal of Chico.

Racing Santander 3 – Valladolid 2 (La Liga, May 17, 2009) Oscar Serrano got Racing off to a great start scoring after just four minutes, but Valladolid hit back with two quick strikes from Victor and Henok Goitom to go in ahead at the interval. Valladolid were reduced to 10-men three minutes after the break when Inaki Bea was sent-off and Jonathan Pereira levelled for the home side on the hour mark. Nikola Zigic struck with a header five minutes from time to give Racing a vital win, which sees them move five clear points of the drop zone.

All the goals from Sunday’s action in La Liga can be seen here.