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DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to three points with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sevilla at Riazor.

Spanish international striker Diego Tristan maintained his rich vein of goalscoring form with his fifth goal in a week after 26 minutes to give Deportivo all three points.

Real Betis moved into second spot behind Deportivo after they were held to a disappointed 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal.

Argentine striker Martin Palermo fired the visitors in front after just 16 minutes, but Betis drew level on the hour through Joaquin Rodriguez.

Barcelona missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders after being held to a 1-1 draw at Malaga.

Uruguayan striker Dario Silva fired the home side in front in the 74th minute, but the lead only lasted a minute as Brazilian star Rivaldo equalised for Barca with his 100th league goal.

Real Sociedad climbed off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 win over Osasuna at San Sebastian for their first victory of the season.

The Basque side got off to the worst possible start going behind to a first minute goal from Alfredo Sanchez Benito.

Sociedad pulled level in the 58th minute with a strike from Edgaras Jankauskas and then grabbed the vital victory with a winner seven minutes from Oscar de Paula.

Athletic Bilbao missed the chance to move into the top six after being held to a 1-1 draw away to Las Palmas.

Spanish international winger Jose Etxeberria fired the visitors in front two minutes before the break.

The Basque side were reduced to ten men in the 65th minute when Inigo Santamaria Larrainzar was dismissed for his second bookable offence and Las Palmas drew level eight minutes from time through Luis Garcia Tevenet.

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Deportivo 1-0 Sevilla
Las Palmas 1-1Athletic Bilbao
Malaga 1-1 Barcelona
Real Betis 1-1 Villarreal
Real Sociedad 2-1 Osasuna

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