Mallorca pile on pressure

BARCELONA: Real Mallorca moved into the Champions League places after a 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon in the Spanish League on Sunday.

Mallorca are in fourth place, ahead of Sevilla on goal difference, after victory against Sporting side looking for their third consecutive win. A long range shot from Julio Alvarez surprised Sporting keeper Juan Pablo Colinas to put Mallorca ahead before Victor Casadesus and Pierre Webo wrapped up the match scoring in the last 15 minutes .

A Gaizka Toquero double gave Athletic Bilbao a 2-0 win over Valladolid. Athletic are now just one point behind sixth-placed Deportivo La Coruna while the result has put Valladolid in further trouble at the other end of the table and they are now four points from safety.

A last ditch header from Ibrahima Balde gave 10-man Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw against Zaragoza. Defender Jiri Jarosik put Zaragoza in front after seven minutes and it was the home side that continued to have the better openings with Jose Antonio Reyes the only player from Atletico to pose any threat. With Reyes sent-off for lashing out it appeared as though Zaragoza were set for victory until substitute Balde scored deep into injury time. Bottom side Xerez won 4-2 away to Malaga.