Mallorca climb to second

A review of the weekend's action in the Spanish Primera Liga, as Barcelona win but Real Madrid had a blackout.

Last Updated: 24/09/12 at 00:10 Post Comment

Celebrations for Mallorca against Valencia

Celebrations for Mallorca against Valencia

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A review of the weekend's action in the Spanish Primera Liga.

Real Mallorca's fantastic start to the Primera Division season continued as they beat Valencia 2-0 to move to 11 points from five games and - for a few hours at least - second place in the table.

Victor Casadesus fired the hosts into the lead after only seven minutes when his shot squeezed under Diego Alves, but the visitors went onto enjoy more of the ball for the rest of the half and were unlucky not to be level when Nelson Valdez's header came crashing back off the underside of the bar.

Despite continued pressure from Valencia, Mallorca extended their lead on 55 minutes as Javier Arizmendi collected a Victor flick-on with his first touch before dispatching a volley low past Alves.

The victory continues the islanders' unbeaten start to the season and their 100% record at home.

Real Madrid were forced to abandon their scheduled clash at Rayo Vallecano after the floodlights at the Estadio Teresa Rivero were sabotaged.

The match was due to kick off at 9.30pm local time but the stadium was still in semi-darkness and fans were being held outside for safety reasons.

Rayo president Raul Martin Presa then announced that unidentified persons had cut the cables to some of the lights and discussions are in place to rearrange the match for Monday.

"Vandals have cut cables, we have tried to solve the problem as quickly as possible but told the stewards not to open the doors of the stadium. We will leave it to the police to find out who is responsible," said Presa.

Chances were few and far between at San Mames as Athletic Bilbao played out a dull 0-0 draw with Malaga.

Aritz Aduriz hit the side-netting for the home side while Eliseu came closest to breaking the deadlock after the interval but the Primera Division match was otherwise a forgettable affair.

The only bright spot for Malaga at least is that they remain unbeaten in the league.

Atletico Madrid recorded their fifth consecutive win with a 2-1 victory over Real Valladolid at the Vicente Calderon, although they were made to work hard for the points by the newly promoted side.

Diego Godin opened the scoring for the hosts on the half-hour as he exchanged passes with Koke before lifting the ball calmly over Jaime, and Radamel Falcao continued his fantastic form by slotting home a penalty a minute before the break.

However the visitors were gifted a way back into the game when Thibaut Courtois fumbled Alberto Bueno's weak effort into his own net, and the Europa League holders were grateful for the final whistle as Valladolid piled on the pressure towards the end.

Obafemi Martins struck a dramatic late winner on his debut as Levante came from behind to defeat Real Sociedad 2-1.

Former Inter Milan and Newcastle striker Martins only formalised his move to Levante on Friday after being allowed to leave Rubin Kazan, and repaid his new employers' faith with a goal just 41 minutes after entering the action as a half-time substitute.

David Zurutuza had earlier handed visiting Sociedad a first-half lead that they held until the 70th minute when Jose Barkero levelled from the penalty spot.

And with the clock ticking down Martins pounced inside the area to lift Levante to their second win of the season and a place inside the top 10.

On Saturday, a stunning 87th-minute goal from substitute Xavi set Barcelona on their way to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Granada at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants had looked to be on the verge of dropping their first points under new coach Tito Vilanova as the visitors defended resolutely - and themselves looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

But Xavi, a 53rd-minute replacement for Thiago Alcantara, finally broke the deadlock with a sublime goal three minutes from time, latching onto the ball on the edge of the box and bending a brilliant shot with the outside of his right foot into the top-left corner via the bar.

It was tough on Granada, whose goalkeeper Tono had been in inspired form throughout, and their dismay was complete in stoppage time when Borja Gomez put through his own net from Lionel Messi's cross.

Real Zaragoza recorded their first win over Osasuna in five years with an entertaining 3-1 victory at La Romareda.

Helder Postiga had given the hosts an early lead with a neat finish after four minutes, but Emiliano Armenteros brought Osasuna level with his first goal for the Navarrans 25 minutes later.

The game swung back in Zaragoza's favour, though, moments before the break when Victor Rodriguez's cross was deflected into his own net by David Timor and Apono secured all three points from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time.

A fourth defeat in five games leaves Osasuna rooted to the foot of the table and they were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal as they created just as many chances as the hosts throughout the 90 minutes.

On-loan Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young came off the bench to score the winner as Celta Vigo defeated Getafe 2-1 at Balaidos.

Celta missed a host of opportunities to take the lead in the first half but eventually went in front after the break as Michael Krohn-Dehli released Augusto Fernandez to fire home.

Going behind seemed to arouse Getafe from their slumber and they responded immediately as Abdel Barrada rattled in his third goal in four games two minutes later.

But it was the Korean who had the final say when he converted at the back post from another Krohn-Dehli cross 22 minutes from time, with the visitors ending the game with 10 men as Alexis was sent off for striking Hugo Mallo.

Real Betis responded to the pressure placed on them by club president Miguel Guillen with a narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Espanyol.

Guillen turned up the heat on coach Pepe Mel this week by declaring Betis should look to improve on last season's 13th-placed finish.

Mel brought in eight new players over the summer and Guillen felt that, after two wins from their first three games, they should be aiming for the top half.

And that looks a distinct possibility after Junior Paulao's goal was enough to make it three wins from four games against lowly Espanyol.

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