Espanyol sweep aside Valencia; Atletico win at Betis; Morris breaks six-year hoodoo to hand Recre a massive win

Real Betis 0 – Atletico Madrid 2 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) Diego Forlan opened the scoring following a fine passing move after 14 minutes and although Betis had their chances to equalise it was the Uruguayan who had the final say two minutes from the end.

Espanyol 3 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here) between Espanyol and Valencia, Roman Martinez fired the hosts ahead with a brilliant left-footed drive that crashed in off the post. Espanyol secured a much needed three points with a second from Nicolas Pareja eight minutes from time with Nene adding a last minute penalty.

Racing Santander 0 – Almeria 2 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) Almeria broke the deadlock at Santander inside 2 minutes with Juan Manuel Ortiz crashing home a volley in the box. And after 13 minutes it was two as Oritz fired home his second of the game.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) Young Tunisian forward Lassad Nouioui grabbed his chance of receiving some playing time for Depor by putting the hosts ahead with a clinical strike in the box after 7 minutes.

Mallorca 2 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) Getafe’s defence were torn wide open by a quick Mallorca free-kick with Jurado have the simple jop of slotting the ball home. David Navarro equalised for Getafe at the start of the second half but Aritz Aduriz restored Mallorca’s lead 20 minutes out.

Osasuna 1 – Recreativo Huelva 2 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) Walter Pandiani scored a trademark header to put Osasuna ahead over Recre. Fighting for their top-flight lives, Recre won the match in a dramatic final ten minutes. Ersen Martin levelled after Recre put together a series of backheels in the build-up, with South African Nasief Morris proving the match-winner in the 90th minute with a back post volley.

Sporting Gijon 1 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, May 3, 2009) Mate Bilic ghosted in between Bilbao’s centre-halves to head Sporting into the lead. But Athletic grabbed a last-gasp equaliser through Andoni Iraola to earn a share of the spoils.