La Liga: Barcelona draw allows Real Madrid to close gap; Awful Atletico lose again; Sevilla sink Xerez

Real Madrid 2 – Getafe 0 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) Raul Albiol’s sending off after just twenty minutes left the home side with an uphill struggle but two goals at the start of the second half from Gonzalo Higuain sealed the points. The first was lashed home with his left and Higuain slid the second in with his right.

Osasuna 1 – Barcelona 1 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) It took Barce till just after 70 minutes to take the lead when Seydou Keita scored his fourth in two La Liga matches, after a fine passing move. The home side were not to be denied, an og from Gerard Pique in the 90th minute gave them a point.

Xerez 0 – Sevilla 2 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) Alvaro Negredo and Luis Fabiano got the goals to settle another local derby.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Atletico Madrid 0 (La Liga, October 31, 2009) Javi Martinez’s 19th-minute header gave the hosts a win over an Atletico side who hit the woodwork three times and were, overall, unfortunate to lose.