BETIS REGAIN TOP SPOT
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The home side grabbed the all-important winner from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time through Joao Tomas to send them two points clear at the top and maintain their superb start back in the top-flight.
Celta Vigo missed the chance to move into second when they were held to a 2-2 draw at Malaga.
The visitors got off to the best possible start when Gustavo Lopez fired them in front after just five minutes, but the lead only lasted a matter of seconds as former Ajax star Kizito Musampa replied for Malaga.
Russian star Valery Karpin then restored Celta's lead four minutes later in what was a hectic start to the game.
Panamanian hit-man Julio Dely Valdes grabbed the equaliser for the home side a minute before the break to earn Malaga a point and end their run of two consecutive defeats.
Valencia moved into the top five and prevented Villarreal from going top with a deserved 1-0 win at The Mestalla.
Salva Ballesta grabbed the only goal of the game a minute before the break to maintain Valencia's unbeaten record at the start of the season.
Real Sociedad climbed off the bottom of the table after an action-packed 3-3 draw with Sevilla at the San Sebastian.
The Basque side looked set for the first win of the campaign until Njegus' last-minute goal for Sevilla.
The home side took control of the game with two goals in a minute from Igor Del Campo Gabilando (34) and George Demetradze (35).
Real suffered a blow just before half time when they were reduced to 10 men with Inigo Idiavez dismissed.
Sevilla got back in the game with a 54th minute strike from Moises Leon Garcia, but they were also reduced to 10 men when Pablo Alfaro was ordered off in the 62nd minute.
The visitors then stunned the home side by drawing level just five minutes later with Andreas Olivera converting from the penalty spot.
Luis Alberto looked to have sealed Real's win with a 79th minute goal until Njegus's last-gasp strike for Sevilla.
Rayo Vallecano replaced Sociedad at the foot of the table after going down to a 3-1 defeat at Tenerife.
Ivan Ania gave the home side the perfect start with the opening goal in the very first minute, but Sergio Corino drew the sides level just six minutes later.
The home side took control of the game in the second half with goals from Jaime Fernandez (53) and Francisco Xisco just five minutes later.
Real Zaragoza piled with pressure on under-fire Real Mallorca boss Bernd Krauss with an impressive 1-0 win at San Moix.
Yordi grabbed the only goal of the game ten minutes from time to give Zaragoza all three points and leave Mallorca in the bottom three.
Real Valladolid climbed above Las Palmas into 14th spot in the table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Canary Islanders.
Turu Flores netted the only goal of the game after just six minutes for the home side with the visitors being forced to play the last half hour with ten men after Vinny Samways was sent-off.
Former Coventry City striker John Aloisi's late strike earned Osasuna a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Espanyol.
Raul Tamudo had given the home side the lead in the 74th minute, but Aloisi struck four minutes from time to give the visitors a point.
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Malaga 2-2 Celta Vigo
Mallorca 0-1 Real Zaragoza
Real Betis 1-0 Alavés
Real Sociedad 3-3 Sevilla
Real Valladolid 1-0 Las Palmas
Tenerife 3-1 Rayo Vallecano
Valencia 1-0 Villarreal
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