Sonny sparks Villarreal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Barcelona hit-man pounced midway through the second half to open the scoring in a tight encounter at El Sardinero.
The Brazilian striker then sealed matters just two minutes from time to put a gloss on the scoreline for Benito Floro's men.
Real Betis triumphed by the only goal at promoted Zaragoza with another Brazilian proving the match winner.
Marcos Assuncao was the hero for 'Los Verdiblancos' firing home with just nine minutes left on the clock.
Meanwhile, Barcelona maintained their unbeaten start to the season but finished their goalless draw against Atletico Madrid with only nine men.
The Catalan side were fortunate in the first half when Rafael Marquez's own goal was ruled out due to an innocuous challenge from Fernando Torres on Philip Cocu.
The Dutchman was then sent off just before the hour mark when he picked up his second yellow card for a challenge on Kiki Musampa.
Thiago Motta followed Cocu for an early shower after he was sent off for picking up a second booking for bringing down Carlos Aguilera.
Malaga clinched their first victory of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 success at Espanyol.
Uruguayan Marcelo Romero edged the visitors ahead nine minutes before the interval, but Spanish international striker Raul Tamudo restored the equilibrium on 56 minutes.
With the game seemingly destined to end in a deadlock, former Bolton loan star Salva Ballesta popped up five minutes from time to net his first goal in Malaga colours and hand his side all three points.
Promoted Albacete earned their first points of the new campaign with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Mallorca.
Efforts in either half from Parri and Mikel ended a four-game losing streak and lifted the club off the foot of the table.
Murcia are still searching for their first win after a late winner from substitute Antonito handed Seville all three points in a 1-0 win.