Turan helps Atletico keep pace
Granada, Spain (Sports Network) - Arda Turan's 61st-minute goal was enough as Atletico Madrid held off Granada, 1-0, to close to within three points of leaders Barcelona.
Granada had the first good chance of the contest when Gabriel Torje's first- half effort smacked off the post, but it was Atletico that found the net in the 61st minute.
Jorge Koko got down the right wing and delivered a cross into the area that found Turan, who redirected the ball past goalkeeper Tono with his left foot at close range.
Atletico was made to see out the final 20 minutes of the game with 10 men after defender Mario Suarez collected a second yellow card for handling the ball.
But the visitors were more of a threat going forward than Granada as striker Radamel Falcao nearly added to the lead with a shot from long distance.
Levante 2, Deportivo 0
Madrid, Spain - Levante kept its good run of form going on Sunday at Deportivo as goals from Obafemi Martins and Jose Barkero lifted the club to a 2-0 win.
Martins netted his fifth goal in eight games in the 39th minute to put Levante in front, but the visitors were reduced to 10 men early in the second half as Pedro Lopez was sent off for handling the ball inside his own penalty area.
Riki stepped to the spot for Deportivo but he fired his shot over the net, squandering a great chance to level the contest.
Both teams were down to 10 men when Deportivo goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia also picked up a second yellow card, allowing Levante to seal its fourth win in six games with a goal nine minutes from time through Barkero.
Celta Vigo 1, Mallorca 1
Vigo, Spain - Celta Vigo and Mallorca both extended winless streaks on Sunday as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Balaidos.
Tomer Hemed tallied his seventh goal of the campaign midway through the opening half for Mallorca, but after Celta missed out on a few good scoring opportunities, Park Chu-Young found the net for the hosts early in the second half.
Park benefited from a nice cross by Iago Aspas to level the match, although Mallorca came closest to winning it as goalkeeper Javi Varas produced a fine stop to keep out an effort from Hemed.
Mallorca is now winless in seven games while Celta Vigo has gone five matches without a victory.
Getafe 2, Valladolid 1
Getafe, Spain - Getafe came from a goal down in the second half to snatch a 2-1 home victory against Valladolid.
The visitors grabbed the lead just before halftime through Oscar Gonzalez, while Omar Ramos nearly made it 2-0 when his shot hit the underside of the crossbar.
However, Getafe responded with two goals in the span of four minutes to claim all three points.
Alexis headed home a corner kick from Pedro Leon to equalize, while the winner arrived shortly after as Lafita found room inside the penalty area to curl a shot into the top corner of the net past goalkeeper Dani Gimenez.
Sevilla 5, Real Betis 1
Seville, Spain - Sevilla rolled to a 5-1 win over Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Sunday behind two goals apiece from Jose Antonio Reyes and Federico Fazio.
The hosts jumped out quickly and never looked back as Reyes and Fazio each found the net in the opening five minutes to put Betis in an early hole.
Both players added another goal to their total before halftime, leaving Betis four goals down and with no way back.
Ruben Perez was sent off for Betis after the break, although the visitors did manage to score as Ruben Castro hit for his sixth goal of the season, although it was little consolation.