Valencia held at Depor; Malaga edge Mallorca; Racing sunk by the Yellow Submarine; Espanyol gain vital win over Almeria

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Valencia 0 (La Liga, December 20, 2009) Valencia missed out on the chance of spending the mid-winter break in third place when they were held to a draw at Depor. Juan Carlos Valeron came closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts when he headed against the crossbar just before halftime.

Tenerife 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, December 20, 2009) Nino put the hosts ahead after just two minutes, taking advantage of non-existent marking in the Atletico penalty area to stab home from 5 yards after Alfaro had volleyed a free-kick across the face of goal. Jose Manuel Jurado equalised midway through the first half, slamming the ball into the roof of the net after a perfectly-timed run took him in behind the Tenerife defence.

Villarreal 2 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, December 20, 2009) Villarreal took the points from their meeting with struggling Racing Santander as Giuseppe Rossi (51) and Joseba Llorente (72) found the net.

Valladolid 2 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, December 20, 2009) Valladolid were also indebted to one of their replacements with Haris Medunjanin emerging from the bench to hit a last-gasp winner against Sporting Gijon. Luis Moran had put visitors Gijon ahead in the 13th minute before Nivaldo levelled for the hosts just before the half-hour mark.

Malaga 2 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, December 20, 2009) Malaga claimed only their second victory of the season as UEFA Champions League hopefuls Real Mallorca were undone at La Rosaleda. Fernando Miguel fired the home side in front in the 24th minute only for Julio Alvarez to level for the visitors 11 minutes into the second period. But substitute Fernando Forestieri stepped off to fire home the winning goal 13 minutes from time to claim three crucial points.

Espanyol 2 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, December 20, 2009) Espanyol halted a run of five successive defeats with a 2-0 home victory over Almeria to move four points clear of the relegation places. Javi Marquez made the vital breakthrough for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, with their success sealed by substitute Ferran Corominas’ 82nd minute effort.