Getafe 1 – Malaga 2 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Malaga did their European hopes a world of good with an impressive away victory, Eliseu and Baha put them 2-up, Contra pulled one back for the hosts in a game that saw no fewer than 13 yellow cards and 2 reds.
Deportivo La Coruna 5 – Racing Santander 3 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Jonathan handed Racing the lead after just one minute but Juan Rodriguez equalised for Depor on 25 minutes. Nikola Zigic then restored Racing’s advantage before a brace from substitute Riki sandwiched a strike from Angel Lafita to hand Depor the edge. Joan Verdu bagged a fifth for the home side before Jesus Berrocal came off the bench for Racing to net a consolation.
Mallorca 3 – Betis 3 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Mallorca came from a remarkable three goals down to secure a point. Mark Gonzalez, Sergio Garcia and Arturo Arzu handed Betis a resounding lead with Mallorca seemingly dead and buried. But substitutes Gonzalo Castro and Pierre Webo pulled two back for Mallorca before a second from Castro salvaged a dramatic draw.
Sevilla 2 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Sevilla exploited slack Almeria defending after just five minutes as Romaric’s cross flew over the defence and Freddie Kanoute was able to control and score. On the hour mark Reneto scored a clumsy second for Sevilla but Negredo got Almeria back in the game with a penalty.
Recreativo 2 – Valladolid 3 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Goals fromÂ Jonathan Sesma and Nenok Goitom put Valladolid ahead before Perez Colunga pulled one back for Recre from the penalty spot. Goitom netted his second of the game after the break before receiving his marching orders. Recre’s Javier Camunas then bagged another but the comeback never materialised despite Rubio Alvaro also being dismissed in the latter stages.
Osasuna 1 – Sporting Gijon 2 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Sporting raced into a 2-nil lead inside 20 minute with goals from Barral and Castro. Nekounam pulled a goal back from the spot but Osasuna could not find the equaliser.
Numancia 2 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, March 8, 2009) Numancia dented Valencia’s European hopes after coming from behind to keep Los Che out of the top six. Vicente had fired Valencia into a 10th minute lead, but Carlos Aranda and a sweet Barkero free-kick turned the match in the hosts’ favour.
Alicante 2Â – Tenerife 2 (Segunda Division, March 7, 2009)
Elche 1 – Real Murcia 1 (Segunda Division, March 7, 2009)
Zaragoza 2 – Hercules 2 (Segunda Division, March 7, 2009)