Radamel Falcao showed again why he is rated as one of the best goalscorers on the planet after curling in a brilliant late free-kick to earn high-flying Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.
The match at the Anoeta looked set to finish in a draw until Falcao stepped up in the 90th minute to strike home a 25-yard free-kick that left Sociedad goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai grasping at thin air.
That was Falcao's 12th goal of the season in all competitions for Atletico and helped the Rojiblancos earn a sixth successive league victory that moved them back level on 22 points with Primera Division leader Barcelona.
For Sociedad, the defeat ended its 100 per cent home record this season and left it three points above the relegation zone.
Christian Stuani's first goal for Espanyol deep into stoppage time handed the team from Catalania its first win of the season as it came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2.
Leo Baptistao headed Rayo into an early lead, but two goals from
However, after both sides had been reduced to 10-men as
Michel's stunning 35-yard strike three minutes from time handed Levante all three points from an otherwise dull game with Getafe at the Alfonso Perez Coliseum.
A second consecutive 1-0 win for
Real Zaragoza survived a late scare to beat 10-man Granada 2-1 at Nuevos Los Carmenes.
Helder Postiga headed the visitor in front from
Granada seemed dead and buried when Iriney was shown a straight red card for bringing down Apono midway through the second period, but it did manage to get a goal back with just over 10 minutes remaining when
And it should have equalised with virtually the last attack of the game when
Osasuna could not mark midfielder
The 37-year-old Punal lined up in midfield to break the club's record of 463 appearances, but the match itself proved a largely frustrating experience as Betis stood firm, and the visitor would have won the match but for an assistant's flag denying