Racing-Atletico draw; Bilbao see off Xerez; Mallorca chalk up 11th straight home win; Zaragoza sink Sevilla

Racing Santander 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) After playing each other on Thursday in the Copa del Rey, these two sides met again. Diego Forlan opened the scoring, Gonzalo Colsa smashed home the equaliser.

Athletic Bilbao 3 – Xerez 2 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) The Basque side opened the scoring after just two minutes thanks to their prodigious teenager Iker Muniain nodded home a Toquero cross. Xerez turned this match around thanks to goals from Vicente Moreno and Mario Bermejo, to head into the interval with a shock lead. The bottom’s side brittle defence could not hold out for all three points, and a wonderful looping header from striker Fernando Llorente on 64 minutes gave Bilbao a deserved equaliser. Llorente was not done yet the classy frontman slotted home what proved to be the winner from close range with just four minutes remaining.

Mallorca 1 – Villarreal 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) Mallorca’s sensational home record (11 straight wins at home this season) continued after a late goal from Nunes consigned Juan Carlos Garrido to defeat in his first match in charge of Villarreal.

Osasuna 1 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) Osasuna secured the points three minutes into the second half thanks to striker Carlos Aranda, who pounced on a through pass from Javier Camunas to slot the ball into the net.

Almeria 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) The match started in the worst possible fashion for Almeria, Chico receiving a straight red card for deliberate handball inside the area and Diego Castro slotted home the spot-kick. The ten men bounced back instantly and found an equaliser through Albert Crusat and the turnaround was complete on three minutes before the break when Domingo Cisma swung in a free-kick from all of 40 yards that evaded everyone to nestle in the corner of the net. Guilherme made sure of the win with ten minutes remaining.

Zaragoza 2 – Sevilla 1 (La Liga, February 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Matteo Contini gave Zaragoza the lead on 31 minutes, but Fredi Kanoute drew Sevilla level just three minutes later. Zaragoza were gifted the winner three minutes before the break when Alvaro Negredo put through his own net. Negredo’s night got worse when he was sent off eight minutes from time and Zaragoza’s Perez Adrian Colunga and Sevilla’s Marius Stankevicius both saw red in the closing stages.

Malaga 0 – Deportivo La Coruna 0 (La Liga, February 7, 2010)