La Liga Sunday: Real Zaragoza jump out of the drop zone, Mallorca remain last

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Real Zaragoza moved just ahead of Deportivo La Coruña and our of the relegation zone with a 3-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano. Mallorca remained stuck in the cellar after drawing Levante.

Things changed again at the bottom of the table as Real Zaragoza leapt back Depor with their win over Rayo Vallecano. There's less than a month left to play but nothing is decided yet as all three relegation spots are still wide open. Here's a recap of Sunday's action in Spain.

Mallorca 1-1 Levante

Last place Mallorca failed to move off the bottom of the table after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Levante. Despite out-shooting the visitors by a ridiculous seven-to-one margin, Mallorca simply couldn't find a winner against the stubborn Levante defense.

Mallorca took the lead in the 7th minute when Víctor Casadesús slid a ball across the top of the Levante area that evaded two defenders before being picked up and buried in the net by Tomer Hemed. They couldn't hold their advantage though as Robert Acquafresca headed in a ball at the far post after it had been allowed to roll through the area by the Mallorca defense.

Real Zaragoza 3-0 Rayo Vallecano

Zaragoza jumped back out of the drop zone with a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Apoño's first half penalty and a "right place, right time" goal from Rodri early in the second half were the difference.

A handball by Rayo's Jordi Figueras setup the first goal as Apoño stepped up to the spot and beat Rubén. Zaragoza extended their advantage in the 50th minute after a header of a chip across the box to the far post was initially saved by Rubén but he couldn't control it, allowing Rodri to tap-in the rebound. Apoño added a second goal in stoppage time with a shot from outside the box.

Sevilla 3-0 Espanyol

Espanyol got off to a rotten start with an own goal by Joan Capdevila and it all went downhill from there as they were easily dispatched 3-0 by Sevilla. Espanyol probably could have recovered from the initial goal but midway through the half, Sevilla hit them with a two-goal punch in less than four minutes as Coke Andújar and Álvaro Negredo pushed the lead out beyond Espanyol's reach.

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