Real and Atletico both win

City rivals Real and Atletico Madrid both enjoyed Sunday wins in

La Liga as Espanyol’s revival continued to gather pace.

Real Madrid eased to a relatively comfortable 2-0 derby victory

over Rayo Vallecano despite playing over 70 minutes with a man less

following Sergio Ramos’ dismissal.

In Jose Mourinho’s 100th league game in charge, Real took the

lead after just three minutes when Morata, on his first league

start, slotted home at the far post following a low ball from Mesut

Ozil across the six-yard box.

Ozil was again involved as Real made it 2-0 in the 12th minute,

the Germany international sending in a free-kick from the right

which Ramos headed home after holding off his marker.

But Ramos was dismissed on 18 minutes when, after picking up his

first yellow card after brushing Roberto Trashorras off the ball,

he was shown red after a Jose Manuel Casado cross hit his hand at

close range.

Diego Costa repaid the faith of his coach as he found the target

on his return to the side in Atletico Madrid’s morale-boosting 3-0

victory at Real Valladolid.

Atletico wasted little time in taking the lead, just 10 minutes

on the clock when Radamel Falcao netted his 23rd of the season,

although the Colombian was lucky to be given the benefit of the

doubt in a close offside call.

Costa made it two just eight minutes into the second half after

he was played in by Jorge Koke’s cute header and he finished low

and hard beyond the goalkeeper.

The visitors’ victory was cemented in the final minute as a

defensive blunder allowed Cristian Rodriguez to add a third, the

substitute gleefully poking the ball home from close range after

Antonio Rukavina’s attempted chest back to his goalkeeper fell

short.

Ten-man Valencia claimed an unlikely 2-0 win to add to

struggling Real Mallorca’s relegation worries in the Primera

Division.

Things looked to be going wrong for the hosts when a slow start

was compounded by having midfielder Tino Costa sent off in the 28th

minute for a bad foul on Jose Nunes.

But Mallorca could not take advantage and went behind in the

59th minute when Ricardo Costa headed Valencia in front before

Roberto Soldado doubled the lead in the 81st minute with a low

finish.

Real Sociedad missed a chance to gain ground in their bid to

qualify for the Europa League after being held to a 1-1 draw at

home by Levante.

Carlos Vela put the hosts in front on 17 minutes from the

penalty spot after the Mexico international had been brought down

by Nikos Karabelas.

Ten minutes later Levante were given a penalty of their own,

when right-back Christian Lell was pushed over in the box by Chory

Castro, and Michel converted from the spot.

Michel struck the bar shortly after half-time before Karabelas

was shown a second yellow card of the game on 56 minutes, which

made it the eighth game in a row in which Sociedad’s opponents had

had a man sent off.

Espanyol’s remarkable revival under coach Javier Aguirre

continued as a solitary Sergio Garcia goal secured a 1-0 home win

over Real Betis.

Christian Stuani struck a post early on for Espanyol before he

created the only goal on seven minutes when the Uruguayan surged

down the right wing to pick out Garcia, who steered his shot beyond

Adrian.