Following their midweek win over Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid’s revival continued with a 3-0 victory at Alaves.
Successive victories has eased the pressure on coach Wanderley Luxemburgo and the Brazilian was again grateful to his compatriot Ronaldo who scored twice in the comfortable win.
The striker scored 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 three points behind leaders Cela Vigo.
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.
Celta Vigo moved to the summit with a 2-1 win over Sevilla. Celta were given a dream start when Fernando Baiano opened the scoring in the opening 60 seconds.
Borja Oubina doubled their lead on 14 minutes and although Enzo Maresca cut the gap with a second-half penalty, Celta held on to claim the points.
Malaga enjoyed their visit to Mallorca as they secured a 4-1 win.
First-half goals by Salva and Duda had Malaga in control and the game was effectively over when Duda netted his second before Edgar completed the rout.
Lambros Choutos scored a consolation goal for Malllorca thirteen minutes from time.
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.
Champions Barcelona continued their recent good run with a 4-1 win at Real Betis, despite missing a first half penalty.
Samuel Eto’o missed the spot-kick, although Barca did not have to wait long to make amends with Mark van Bommel opening the scoring.
Betis’ cause was not helped by the dismissal of Ricardo Oliveira, although the home side did equalise though Juanito, before a brace from Eto’o after the interval gave Barca a 3-1 lead. Ezquerro added a fourth to seal a comfortable win for Frank Rijkaard’s team.
Getafe’s impressive start to the season continued following a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid, despite having a man sent off. The visitors lost Mario Cotelo on the hour mark, but Mariano Pernia still managed a winner ten minutes later.
Valencia have moved up to fourth with goals from Pablo Aimar and David Villa Sanchez enough to see off the threat of Real Sociedad, for whom Nihat Kahveci scored a late consolation.
Real Zaragoza and Deportivo La Coruna remain unbeaten five games into the new season after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Diego Milito opened the scoring on 13 minutes, but Diego Tristan’s goal ensured a draw dor Depor.
Villarreal, who have struggled to emulate last season’s achievements, finally earned their first win of the season after beating Espanyol 2-1.
Josico gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time, before Luis Garcia levelled on the hour mark. Marcos Senna restored their lead to enable Manuel Luis Pellegrini side to record their first win of the season.