La Liga goals: Renato strikes again as Sevilla go third, Atletico move up to fifth after Betis win

Sevilla 1 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Renato gave Sevilla the lead over Villarreal on the stroke of halftime. The visitors’ job got that much harder when Joseba Llorente was sent off for a high kick on Julien Escude in the second half.

Valladolid 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Valladolid moved ahead of Depor when Pedro Leon broke free down the right and crossed for Jonathan Sesma to score. And the lead was soon doubled when Pedro Lopez scored an incredible 45-yard lob the sailed over keeper Arnazubia. Pedro Leon completed the win with a special third goal, the winger skipped down the right hand channel before looking up, spotting the keeper barely out of position, and lofting an angled lob into the far corner.

Getafe 4 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Aritz Aduriz found the target for Mallorca on 32 minutes but Getafe were far too strong with Cosmin Contra, Ikechukwu Uche (brilliant chip), Manu del Mora and Jaime Gavilan all getting on the scoresheet.

Athletic Bilbao 3 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) The damage was done in the first half with Fernando Llorente netting from the penalty spot after six minutes and Andoni Iraola and David Lopez also scored.

Atletico Madrid 2 – Real Betis 0 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Maxi Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero netted the goals in either half as Atletico climbed a point above stuttering champions Real Madrid.

Almeria 1 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Ezequiel Garay opened his goalscoring account for the season to put the visitors ahead in the first half, but Almeria levelled after the hour mark through Santiago Acasiete. Mehdi Lacen’s dismissal 18 minutes from time gave Almeria the upper hand, but they could not find a winner.

Recreativo Huelva 1 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Basement boys Osasuna remain four points from safety after going down at relegation rivals Recre, Adrian Colunga fired home six minutes from full time to see the hosts take all three points at the Nuevo Colombino for the first time since April.

Malaga 2 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, December 14, 2008) Apono put the visitors in front from the penalty spot late on and Nabil Baha sealed the points when he added a second a minute from time as the home side moved up to 10th.

Celta Vigo 2 – Real Zaragoza 0 (Segunda Division, December 14, 2008)