Real Madrid beat Gijon to go three points clear of Barca; Sevilla lose at Espanyol; Valladolid win at Depor; Bilbao-Getafe draw; Xerez win

Real Madrid 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the Bernabeu David Barral put Sporting ahead against Real, but the lead was short-lived as Rafael van der Vaart and Xabi Alonso scored twice in two minutes to turn the match in Madrid’s favour. Real opened up a 2-goal buffer 10 minutes later when Gonzalo Higuain slid home number three.

Espanyol 2 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Pablo Osvaldo claimed a brace for the home side with a goal in each half to complete a miserable week for Sevilla after their Champions League exit.

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Valladolid 2 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Valladolid took the lead five minutes before halftime when Aleman rifled in a fierce drive into the top corner from inside the area. A minute into injury time Haris Medunjanin made it 2-nil when he slotted in a low cross from Diego Costa.

Athletic Bilbao 2 – Getafe 2 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Bilbao broke the deadlock when Fernando Llorente shook off his marker down the right to tee up Pablo Orbaiz, who curled a well-placed shot past Jordi Codina from 20 yards out. On 32 minutes Los Azulones drew levelled when Manu del Moral picked up a short corner and curled in a hopeful cross-cum-shot on the left flank which sailed past Iraizoz and into the net. 10 minutes from time Athletic regained their lead when Fernando Llorente converted a spot-kick, but it only lasted five minutes as Pedro Leon made it 2-2 after being set up being Miku.

Xerez 2 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Xerez’s goals came from Mario Bermejo and Aythami Artiles, with Tenerife scoring through Juan Francisco Martinez.