La Liga round-up
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Gimnastic.
Javier Saviola set Barca on their way with the opener on 18 minutes.
Ludovic Giuly added a second on 63 minutes although the last touch appeared to come off Gimnastic defender Cesar Navas.
Andres Iniesta completed the victory with a third goal nine minutes from time to move Barca above Sevilla on goal difference.
Also sharing top billing in Spain are Real Madrid, who came away from a tough looking trip to Real Mallorca with a 1-0 victory.
Both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock, with Real's Mahamadou Diarra going close with a header in the second half.
It had looked as though Fabio Capello's side would have to settle for a share of the spoils as the game reached its latter stages, only for Jose Antonio Reyes to break the deadlock with a fine dipping 77th minute free-kick.
Valencia continued their climb up the table with a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad.
Spanish international David Villa grabbed the only goal of the game on 29 minutes to pile the misery on struggling Sociedad.
Real Zaragoza missed the chance to close the gap on the leading pack after being held to a goalless draw at home to Recreativo de Huelva.
Getafe moved into eighth spot with a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.
Manu Del Moral scored the all-important winning goal for the home after just a minute.
Celta ended the game with just ten men after Pablo Contreras was sent-off in the closing stages.
Deportivo La Coruna shared the spoils with Espanyol after a goalless draw at La Riazor.
Struggling duo Levante and Athletic Bilbao could not be separated after a goalless draw at Ciutat de Valencia.
Xisco's late goal earned Real Betis a precious point after a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander.
Ezequiel Garay looked to have won the match for Santander when he converted from the penalty spot five minutes from time, but Xisco levelled matters just two minutes later.
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Deportivo 0-0 Espanyol
Getafe 1-0 Celta Vigo
Levante 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
Real Betis 1-1 Racing Santander
Real Sociedad 0-1 Valencia
Real Zaragoza 0-0 Recreativo
Barcelona 3-0 Gimnastic
Real Mallorca 0-1 Real Madrid