Sociedad shock Malaga; Zaragoza beat Depor 5-3; Rayo rally to beat Celta 3-2; Osasuna ease past Espanyol

Malaga 1 – Real Sociedad 2 (La Liga, November 10, 2012) Goals on the counter-attack from Mexico striker Carlos Vela and Xavier Prieto condemned Manuel Pellegrini’s men to a second consecutive home defeat on Saturday that sees them remain fifth in the La Liga table. Javier Saviola had levelled for Malaga following a corner in the 37th minute but the bright orange shirts of the visitors always looked sharp on the break.

Zaragoza 5 – Deportivo La Coruna 3 (La Liga, November 10, 2012) Deportivo looked set to cruise to its first away win of the season after two errors by Zaragoza’s Franco Zuculini led to goals by Bruno Gama and Ivan “Riki” Sanchez in the 13th and 21st minutes. Antonio “Apono” Galdeano pulled one back for Zaragoza in the 27th with a spot kick after Tiago Pinto controlled the ball with his arm inside the area. But the hosts didn’t start to dominate until Luis “Pizzi” Afonso was sent off with his second booking four minutes after halftime. Zaragoza midfielder Paco Montanes equalized off a set piece in the 60th. Alvaro Gonzalez then grabbed the lead six minutes later before Portugal striker Helder Postiga netted a late brace. Substitute Rodolfo Bopido scored Deportivo’s third goal in added time.

Rayo Vallecano 3 – Celta Vigo 2 (La Liga, November 10, 2012) Iago Aspas had fired the visitors into a two-goal lead with two fine finishes in the first half, but the game swung in Rayo’s favour five minutes before half-time when defender Gustavo Cabral was shown a second yellow card. Leo Baptistao and Tito then headed the hosts back on level terms after the break and Piti sealed the comeback with a penalty eight minutes from time.

Espanyol 0 – Osasuna 3 (La Liga, November 10, 2012) Osasuna had just one win from their opening 10 league matches before Saturday night and had lost all of their matches on their travels, yet they never looked back after taking the lead through Alvaro Cejudo midway through the first half. The 29-year-old former Las Palmas midfielder then teed up Kike Sola in the 63rd minute before Manuel Omwu added further gloss to the scoreline 12 minutes from time.

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Barcelona B 3 – Numancia 3 (Segunda Division, November 10, 2012)

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