Malaga fail to capitalise on Valencia slip

Updated: April 16, 2012

Malaga were held 1-1 by battling 10-man Real Sociedad on Sunday, which prevented them from taking advantage of Champions League qualification rivals Valencia’s 4-0 thrashing at Espanyol earlier in the day.

Fernando Llorente header after 12 minutes gave Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 win over Real Mallorca.

Atletico Madrid are level with Bilbao on 45 points after they responded to their defeat by neighbours Real Madrid with a 1-0 victory in their second derby in succession against Rayo Vallecano. Falcoa scoring the games only goal.

At the bottom of the table, Real Zaragoza beat Granada 1-0 and Villarreal drew 1-1 with Racing Santander.