Barcelona increased their lead to 3 points without even getting on the field today. Big spenders, Real Madrid faced their first defeat this season against third placed Sevilla who were playing at home. Though Real were playing without their costliest possession, as Ronaldo was ruled out due to injury he picked during midweek’s Champions League game.
Benzema and Kaka failed to provide the spark and they were forced to slip from the top. Pepe equalized in the 48th minute but Real had no reply to Renato’s 66th minute goal. Getafe and Sporting Gijon also recorded home wins against Osasuna and Mallorca respectively. Valladoid came from behind at home as Athletic Bilbao scored the opener only to go behind by a goal in the 75th minute when Nivaldo scored for the home team.
Next minute Marcos was shown a second yellow of the match leaving his team 10 men down to protect the lead. Muniain took the opportunity and equalized. Nivaldo was shown a straight red the next minute leaving the home team with only 9 men on the pitch. To the relief of the fans, Valladoid were successful in holding Athletic Bilbao as the match ended in a 2-2 raw.
Villareal also drew 0-0 at home against a 10 men Espanyol. Xerez were heading towards their first win this season when Obinna scored the equalizer for Malaga in the 83rd minute ending the match 1-1 at the final whistle. Racing Santander was the only team today that lost at home. Racing were defeated 0-1 by Valencia.