La Liga Round-Up
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo started the rout when he converted a 25th minute penalty.
Their lead lasted just five minutes though as Raul Tamudo was equal to Ronaldo and successfully converted his spot kick.
Roberto Carlos added his name to the scoresheet seven minutes into the second half and he was joined 14 minutes later by Spain international Raul Bravo.
Former Barcelona hit-man Ronaldo notched his second on 69 minutes, and Alberto Lopo made the scoreline more respectable with a strike five minutes before the end.
Valenica lost ground on Real Madrid as fourth place Barcelona secured a rare win at The Mestalla.
The game sprung into life in the second half and on 78 minutes Gerard returned to haunt his old club heading in a Ronaldinho corner.
Valencia hopes went up in smoke three minutes later when they were reduced to ten men when veteran defender Armadeo Carboni was dismissed for taking his protests at a free kick decision too far earning him a second booking.
Celta Vigo begun their UEFA Champions League preparations in the worst possible way as they lost 2-0 at home to Malaga.
Celta take on Arsenal in midweek and were undone by a goal from in-form Salva Ballesta and Diego Alonso, while also seeing Sergio dismissed for a professional foul.
Fellow Champions League qualifiers Real Sociedad also suffered defeat as a late German Hornos goal was enough to see Sevilla run out 1-0 winners at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Deportivo La Coruna cemented their position in third place in La Liga with a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid.
Depor's offensive players never managed to breach a stubborn Atletico rearguard, with Diego Tristan capping off an unsuccessful night's work by being substituted for Walter Pandiani with 13 minutes remaining.
The draw ends their purple patch of late that has seen them win their last three league matches, while Atletico put last week's 3-1 drubbing to Barcelona behind them.