La Liga: Away joy for Valencia at Bilbao; Home wins in Spain for Villarreal, Mallorca and Tenerife

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Bilbao’s 16-year-old striker Iker Muniain came off the bench to give the home side a 58th-minute lead, but three minutes later Spain’s David Villa volleyed Valencia level, with his 11th of the campaign. Bilbao had defender Koikili sent off in the 73rd and Valencia profited when French defender Jeremy Mathieu scored with a rasping drive nine minutes later.

Villarreal 3 – Getafe 2 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Pedro Leon gave Getafe an early lead only for Capdevila to level for the Yellow Submarine. Roberto Soldado restored Getafe’s lead from the penalty spot, but Santi Cazorla and Capdevila won the game with late goals for Villarreal.

Espanyol 0 – Racing Santander 4 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Lowly Racing produced a stunning second-half display to crush Espanyol 4-0 away from home, with Sergio Canales scoring twice. The visitors made the breakthrough four minutes after half-time when Henrique headed home a free-kick from Canales, who doubled the lead three minutes later. Mohamed Tchite scored from the penalty spot on 68 minutes after Ivan Pillud had brought down Oscar Serrano, who fed Canales to score Racing’s fourth goal on 72 minutes.

Malaga 1 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Malaga salvaged a late 1-1 draw at home to Osasuna, who took a 47th minute lead through Masoud Shojaei’s close-range finish. Duda hit the post with a free-kick for Malaga on 68 minutes before Apono showed his team-mate how to do it by firing home the equaliser seven minutes from time.

Mallorca 4 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Aritz Aduriz opened the scoring on 38 minutes and then latched on to Victor’s through ball to make it 2-0 midway through the second half. Mario Suarez headed home Borja Valero’s free-kick on 75 minutes and Alhassane Keita added the fourth on 83 minutes before Andre Herrera headed home a late consolation for Zaragoza.

Tenerife 2 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, December 6, 2009) Tenerife gained an important three points at the bottom end of the table after coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 2-1 at home. Diego Castro gave Gijon a fourth minute lead, but second-half efforts from Ricardo Leon and Nino earned Tenerife the win.