The visitor was dealt a blow when
Valladolid was level 10 minutes later, though, when Oscar headed home
Real Betis hit back from two successive league defeats by beating Real Sociedad 2-0.
Kick-off was delayed by 17 minutes at the
Once proceedings got under way, Paulao headed the home side in front after 18 minutes and
Betis' night ended on a sour note with the dismissal of Mario for a second yellow card, but the points were already secure.
Getafe ground out a 1-0 win over nine-man Real Zaragoza thanks to
Ndri Romaric was shown a straight red card after just nine minutes, but it took until the hour mark for the visitor to go in front, when
Getafe itself was then reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes as
Rayo Vallecano registered its first win in five games with a 2-1 result over Deportivo La Coruna.
The host was 2-0 up within half-an-hour through
Depor was then given a lifeline just before half-time when Pizzi converted a penalty, but it could not find an equaliser.
Real Sociedad continues to hold the edge in the battle for a top-four finish in the Primera Division after a 2-1 victory at Sevilla.