Defending champions Valencia have returned to the top of the Spanish first division after they strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Mestalla,, while early season pacesetters Celta Vigo lost their 100 per cent record when they drew 2-2 with Malaga.

Striker Mista put Valencia ahead on 35 minutes, Ruben Baraja added a second from the penalty spot, before midfielder Miguel Angel Angulo wrapped up thethree points with afine curling free-kick four minutes before time.

Celta Vigo drop to second place after an exciting 2-2 draw with Malaga at the Balaidos stadium on Sunday.

Real Sociedad, the surprise package of the season to date, continued their excellent start to the campaign with 3-2 win away to Osasuna to talle them to third iin La Liga.

Valencia, Celta and Sociedad all have 10 points from four games, but last season’s champions lead the table courtesy of their superior goal difference.

Deportivo La Coruna, who won 2-1 at Alaves on Saturday, lie in fourth place on nine points and Malaga are fifth a further point behind.

Real Madrid and Real Betis, who both also played on Saturday, have seven points but a game in hand on their immediate rivals.

The reigning European champions were held 1-1 at Valladolid in a game which saw Real full-back Michel Slgado sent-off. Raul gave Realthe lead on the stroke of hal-ftime, minutes but Valladolid refused to crumble and took the game to 10-man Real aand earned a deserved second-half equalliser through a Nicolas Olivera penalty.

Betis meanwhile, claimed an impressive 3-0 win over Barcelona in a match played at Huelva because of the Sevillan club’s two-match stadium closure.

Impressive second half goals from Joaquin and Fernando Varela helped Betis to a spectacular 3-0 win, after Former Barcelona striker Alfonso had given Betis the lead from the penalty spot on 26 minutes.