Madrid: Malaga celebrated qualifying for the Champions League group stage for the first time with a 1-0 victory at Real Zaragoza that put the Qatar-owned club level on points with Real Mallorca at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
Malaga were deserved winners on a poor, sand-strewn Romareda pitch thanks to Ignacio Camacho’s near-post header from a corner in the 56th minute. Mallorca then saw off Real Sociedad in the late kickoff after Victor Casadesus stooped to nod the ball into the corner of the net 15 minutes from time to secure a 1-0 win at the Iberostar Estadi.
Both teams have seven points from three matches, one ahead of Barcelona, Real Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano who all play on Sunday.
Getafe followed up last weekend’s surprise 2-1 win at home to champions Real Madrid when they fought back to salvage a 1-1 draw at promoted Deportivo Coruna.
Riki put the home side ahead with a crashing left-foot drive in the sixth minute before Getafe’s French-born midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada, who scored the winner against Real, finished off a swift break in the 26th. Depor are sixth on five points and Getafe a point behind in ninth.
Promoted Celta Vigo earned their first points of the campaign when they beat visiting Osasuna 2-0. Iago Aspas fired the Galicians ahead with a 69th-minute header and Mario Bermejo added a second in stoppage time after a defensive error.