Villarreal sink Almeria; Atletico stalemate with Racing; Zaragoza late show sinks Sociedad

Villarreal 2 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, January 3, 2011) Jose Manuel Catala headed Villarreal into a 22nd minute lead over Almeria connecting with a free-kick. It was game set and match when Borja Valero curled home a picture-perfect free-kick just before the hour.

Atletico Madrid 0 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, January 3, 2011) Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander played out a goalless, but chance-filled first half (highlights here) at the Vincent Calderon.

Zaragoza 2 – Real Sociedad 1 (La Liga, January 3, 2011) Florent Sinama Pongolle scored a superb goal to put Zaragoza in front against Sociedad, the striker spun around his marker on the edge of the box and arrowed a low bullet in the far corner. Zaragoza levelled just after the half hour when the ref inadvertently stopped a Sociedad attack and from the resultant counter Xabi Prieto equalised. The hosts stole all three points when Braulio netted deep into injury time.

Mallorca 3 – Hercules 0 (La Liga, January 3, 2011) Emilio Nsue set the ball rolling on 38 minutes, tapping home from close range after Pereira’s effort had been spilled by Calatayud. Moments later the hosts deservedly doubled their lead when Victor Casadesus bundled the ball home .Six minutes into the second half the game was over when Michael Pereira hit a third.