La Liga: Sevilla hands Ronaldo-less Real first loss; Valencia win at Racing; Xerez & Iker Munian (Bilbao) make Spanish scoring history


Sevilla 2 – Real Madrid 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) The home side confirmed their title credentials with a victory in a tachnically excellent game. Jesus Navas slammed a headed opener for Sevila. After Casillas had made a quite incredible save, Pepe equalised for Galacticos 2.0, but Renato popped up with the winner minutes later.

Racing Santander 0 – Valencia 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Serbian striker Nikola Zigic came back to haunt old club Racing Santander on Sunday, coming off the bench to score a 60th minute winner for Los Che.

Xerez 1 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) After a 62-year wait promoted Xerez registered their first ever goal in the Spanish top-flight. Argentine Emilio Armenteros had the honour of netting the historic goal a minute after the break, and Xerez looked to be heading for their first ever victory in the top division but conceded an 84th minute equaliser and stay bottom of the table on two points.

Sporting Gijon 4 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Jose Marti put Mallorca ahead from the penalty spot on 12 minutes but Gijon scored three times in 10 minutes to turn the game on its head as the Islanders collapsed.

Valladolid 2 – Athletic Bilbao 2 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Athletic Bilbao took an early lead at Real Valladolid but had defender Ustaritz sent off in the 22nd minute and Diego Costa equalised for the home side on the hour. Athletic striker Fernando Llorente was taken to hospital for tests after he received a blow to the head in the first half. In four frantic minutes late in the second period, Nivaldo put the home side in front, Valladolid defender Alberto Marcos was dismissed for a second yellow card, before Athletic’s 16-year-old striker Iker Munian made history to be the youngest ever top flight goalscorer to level 2-2. Nivaldo was shown a straight red at the death.

Getafe 2 – Osasuna 1 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Getafe held on for a 2-1 win over Osasuna at Coliseum Alfonso Perez thanks to goals from Daniel Diaz and Pedro Leon. Carlos Aranda had levelled for the visitors on 62 minutes but they could not hold on for a valuable point.

Villarreal 0 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, October 4, 2009) Espanyol defender Juan Forlin was shown a straight red card when he hauled Giuseppe Rossi down in the 14th minute with the Italian striker clean through on goal. The home side had a slew of chances but Espanyol’s Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni was inspired and Villarreal remain mired in 19th place with three points from six matches.