La Liga Round-Up
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Deportivo La Coruna missed the opportunity to go top of La Liga after going down to a shock home defeat to Villarreal.
Roger's last-gasp goal was enough to give Villarreal their first ever win at La Riazor over ten-man Deportivo following the sending off of Mauro Silva.
Deportivo went closest to scoring in the first half when Pedro Munitis struck the crossbar with a rasping shot after a fine solo run.
The home side suffered a blow when Mauro Silva was sent off four minutes before the break for a second bookable offence.
Despite their numerical disadvantage Deportivo continued to push forward in the second half and Albert Luque was unlucky to see a powerful free kick strike the woodwork.
The game looked to set to end in a stalemate until Roger struck two minutes from time to condemn Deportivo to their second home defeat in three games.
The result means Valencia stay top of the table, while Villarreal climb to eighth spot.
Athletic Bilbao missed the chance to move into fourth spot in La Liga after going down 2-1 to Racing Santander.
The home got off to a perfect start with Jonan Garcia fired them in front after just seven minutes, but Rodolfo Diaz levelled matters four minutes before the break.
Racing took the spoils with Mario Regueiro netting the winner on 66 minutes to lift them into the top six.
Barcelona missed the chance to close the gap on the leading pack after being held to a disappointing goalless draw at home to Valladolid.
Celta Vigo picked up a priceless three points to climb further away from trouble at the wrong end of the table with a 1-0 victory at Sevilla.
Jesus Jesuli netted the all-important winning goal on 34 minutes and Celta were made to hold for the win after Eduardo Berizzo was sent off after 57 minutes.
Albacete came from a goal down to beat Espanyol in the battle of the basement sides.
Spanish international Raul Tamudo gave Espanyol the lead on 15 minutes , but Carlos Aranda drew Albacete level a minute before the break from the penalty spot.
Espanyol suffered a blow when Antonio Soldevilla was sent off right on the stroke of half time and the hosts made their numerical advantage count in the second half with Aranda netting the winner on 67 minutes with his second of the contest.
Mallorca continued their recent improved form with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Real Betis at Son Moix.
Campano fired Mallorca in front on 25 minutes, but Argentine hit-man Martin Palermo replied for Betis eight minutes before the break.
The game looked set to end all-square until Campano popped up with his second goal of the game after 82 minutes.
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