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La Liga round-up: Villarreal and Valencia climb over Real

Monday, December 1, 2008

Recreativo Huelva logo
1 - 2
Villarreal logo
Adrián Colunga(pen) 83
Santi Cazorla 26

Ariel Ibagaza 44

Villarreal moved ahead of champions Real Madrid and into second place in La Liga with a 2-1 win at bottom side Recreativo Huelva.

Spain international Santi Cazorla opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a deflected long shot, and Ariel Ibagaza swung in the second from a free-kick outside the area a minute before half-time.

The hosts grabbed an 83rd-minute consolation when Adrián Colunga buried from the penalty spot after Marco Rubén had been fouled by Pascal Cygan.

The win moved the Yellow Submarines to 28 points and trails leaders Barcelona by four.

Valencia logo
3 - 2
Real Betis logo
Real Betis
David Villa 10
Juanma 56
Juan Manuel Mata 20
Achille Emana(pen) 64
Ruben Baraja 73

Valencia have also leapfrogged Real Madrid thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 win over Real Betis.

The home side took a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes with goals from David Villa and Juan Manuel Mata.

Juanma pulled a goal back for Betis in the 56th minute and Achille Emana equalised from the penalty spot on 64 minutes.

But Rubén Baraja headed the winner with 17 minutes remaining to seal the victory.

Elsewhere in La Liga on Sunday:

Almeria logo
0 - 1
Deportivo La Coruna logo
Deportivo La Coruña
Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao logo
2 - 0
Numancia logo
Espanyol logo
0 - 1
Sporting Gijon logo
Sporting Gijón
Malaga logo
4 - 2
Osasuna logo
Valladolid logo
3 - 0
Real Mallorca logo
Atlético Madrid
Atletico Madrid logo
4 - 1
Racing Santander logo
Racing Santander

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