La Liga Round-Up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid's resurgence continued with a 3-0 win at Alaves.Real Madrid's resurgence continued with a 3-0 win at Alaves.
Victory aver Athletic Bilbao in midweek eased some of the pressure on coach Wanderley Luxemburgo and his fellow countryman Ronaldo handed the Brazilian tactician a further fillip.
The speedy striker netted twice in the second half, with Guti adding a third in injury time, to hand Real three points on their travels, with the victory moving them up to third in the table.
Real had Iker Casillas to thank for keeping them in the game, as he made a string of saves in the first half before Luxemburgo's men took charge after the interval.
The opener came from the right boot of Ronaldo, who rifled an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Alaves were frustrated in their efforts to fashion an equaliser and the stuffing was knocked out of them eight minutes from time, as Ronaldo netted his second of the game following quality build-up play from the impressive David Beckham.
Guti wrapped the win up with a close range finish in injury time, as Real kicked into gear ahead of a UEFA Champions League meeting with Olympiakos.
Celta Vigo moved to the summit of the Primera Liga with a 2-1 win over Sevilla.
Celta are on the crest of a wave at present and showed their class from the outset, with Fernando Baiano netting in the opening 60 seconds.
Borja Oubina doubled their tally on 14 minutes and although Enzo Maresca cut the gap with a second-half penalty, Celta held firm to claim the spoils.
Malaga enjoyed their trip to the Balearics as they secured a 4-1 win at Mallorca.
Goals by Salva and Duda had Malaga in control by half time and they added to their tally after the break, with Duda netting his second and Edgar also finding the target as Mallorca wilted.
Lambros Choutos netted for Mallorca 13 minutes from time, but it proved nothing more than a consolation.
Goals by David Lopez and Moha handed Osasuna a 2-0 home win over Cadiz, while Athletic Bilbao and Racing Santander played out a 0-0 draw.