Saturday's La Liga Round Up: Valencia win but Mourinho's Madrid suffer

Real Madrid slipped even further behind league leaders Barcelona, whilst Valencia overturned a rather depressing Sevilla side in Saturday's La Liga action.

Madrid have simply been a shadow of the side that wrestled the La Liga title back from the hands of Barcelona last season and their on-field problems continued as they were held by the league's bottom placed side Osasuna.

In Pamplona, the visitors started the game well but failed to make their possession count and come half-time the reigning La Liga champions had not had a single shot on target.

Osasuna grew into the game slowly and could have taken the lead when Alvaro Cejudo whipped in a dangerous cross but the Madrid defence dealt with it well.

Come the second half and the hosts began to dominate more often but Emiliano Armenteros and Kike Sola failed to make their chances count.

Substiture Kaka was introduced by Jose Mourinho to liven things up and he certainly did that by getting himself sent off for two yellow cards.

Jose Callejon had the ball in the back of the net late on but he was adjudged to be offside and the game played out to a 0-0 draw.

Over in Valencia, Roberto Soldado scored a brace to give Los Che a 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday night at Mestalla.

Ernesto Valverde’s side approached this one having beaten Granada last week and they started the game in good spirits.

However, Sevilla who have been fairly inconsistent this season so far did everything they could to shut out the hosts and they did until half-time.

Roberto Soldado opened the scoring six minutes into the second half when he got on the end of Adil Rami’s flick on to score and he headed in late on to move the hosts up to seventh and condemn the visitors to another defeat.

Elsewhere, Patrick Ebert's superb brace gave Valladolid a 3-1 win over struggling Real Mallorca and Espanyol were able to pick up just their fourth win of the campaign.

Sunday night sees Barcelona travel to Malaga in the game of the weekend, whilst second placed Atletico Madrid will be hoping to keep up with the Catalans as they host Real Zaragoza.

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