Deportivo continues good start with win vs. Getafe
Miguel Angel "Mista" Ferrer scored a goal and set up another Saturday as Deportivo La Coruna continued its impressive start to the season with a 2-0 win at Getafe.
Mista, a surprise starter, streaked into the area in the 13th minute to head Luis' cross from the left past goalkeeper Oscar Ustari.
Deportivo was reduced to 10 men in the 27th after Ivan "Riki" Sanchez picked up a second booking for a deliberate handball that incensed coach Miguel Angel Lotina, who was eventually sent from the touchline in the 34th.
Mista was clear in the box when Andres Guardado's shot rolled to him in the 59th, and the Spanish striker passed to Luis to slot home.
Deportivo, which joined Sevilla in third place, played with nine men for the last 18 minutes after Sergio Gonzalez was sent off.
Also Saturday, last-place Malaga rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 in the rain at Tenerife.
Roman Martinez scored against the run of play in the 18th to give the hosts the lead, before Alejandro Alfaro doubled it in the 27th.
But Edinho Arnaldo began the Malaga rally two minutes later, and Javi Lopez equalzed in the 77th.
Barcelona played Mallorca later Saturday, while Atletico Madrid looked for its first home win against Real Madrid in more than 10 years.
Defending champion Barcelona leads the standings with 23 points, Madrid has 22, Sevilla and Deportivo have 19, Valencia 18 and Mallorca 17 16 points.
Sunday's 10th round of games include: Sevilla vs. Villarreal; Valencia vs. Zaragoza; Valladolid vs. Xerez; Sporting Gijon vs. Espanyol; Racing Santander vs. Athletic Club; and Almeria vs. Osasuna.