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Perotti in fan scuffle

15 January 2012 16:58

Sevilla midfielder Diego Perotti was involved in an altercation with a fan after his side's 0-0 draw with Espanyol on Saturday.

The Argentine winger exchanged blows with the man, who had reportedly been harassing him via text message for days previously, as he left the team bus after the match and he took to social networking site Facebook following the incident.

"I would like to thank all those who have given me their support and who write on my Facebook wall and sent me private messages," he wrote.

"I know how Sevilla's fans are and that this incident does not represent them, these people do not deserve to be part of such a big group of fans."

This is the latest incident involving a Sevilla player and the club's fans. On Wednesday, Bosnian central defender Emir Spahic was involved in a brawl with a group of supporters in a bar outside their stadium.

Emotions are running high at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with supporters unhappy despite Sevilla sitting in sixth position in the La Liga table with 25 points from 18 matches.

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La Liga wrap: Callejon wins it late for Real, Rayo edge Granada

15 January 2012 10:21

La Liga leaders Real Madrid left it late before coming from behind to win 2-1 away to Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium on Saturday.

Hosts Mallorca took the lead in the 39th minute of the match, when Chori Castro's low cross was met with a stooping header from Tomer Hemed to send the home fans delirious.

As the second half wore on it appeared Mallorca might be on course for a rare triumph over the heavyweights from the capital, before Gonzalo Higuain's chipped finish in the 72nd minute saw the visitors level at 1-1.

Jose Mourinho's men then completed the turnaround with just five minutes remaining, when Jose Callejon slammed the ball home from just inside the area.

With champions Barcelona not in action until Sunday, when they hosts Real Betis, the result gives Real an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

In other matches on Saturday, Rayo Vallecano continued their impressive season back in the top flight with a 2-1 win away to fellow promoted side Granada.

Goals from Michu and Piti in the first and second half respectively gave visitors Rayo a 2-0 lead at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.

Fran Rico pulled one back for the hosts with two minutes remaining, but it was too late for Granada to take anything from the match.

And they finished a man down when Inigo Lopez received a straight red card in the 90th minute.

Elsewhere, sixth-placed Sevilla were held to a 0-0 draw in their match at home to Espanyol, who are level on points with their opponents but two places worse off in eighth.

Bottom side Real Zaragoza were denied all three points by a Paredes own goal with 11 minutes remaining in their clash with visiting Getafe.

Zaragoza had led through Maurizio Lanzaro's 39th-minute goal, but new coach Manolo Jimenez was forced to settle for a point from his first match in charge.

Finally, Real Sociedad were surprise 1-0 winners away to Valencia in the late kick-off.

Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game in the 56th minute of the match at Estadio Mestalla.

Sociedad's victory ends a run of three draws in succession and sees them climb to 13th on the table.

Valencia stay third, but are now 12 points back from leaders Real.

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La Liga preview: Real look to extend lead

13 January 2012 22:29

Real Madrid will look to extend their lead at the top of La Liga when they travel to face Mallorca, while Barcelona host Real Betis.

Jose Mourinho's league leaders Real increased their advantage to five points following a 5-1 win at home to Granada last week, as reigning champions Barca were held 1-1 against local rivals Espanyol.

Karim Benzema struck a brace, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos all netted in the hefty victory at Santiago Bernabeu.

Real will be without injured midfielder Sami Khedira for their trip to the Iberostar Stadium.

The Germany holding player is set for an indefinite period on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage during a 1-0 Copa del Rey victory over Malaga on Tuesday.

It remains to be seen what impact the absence of Khedira will have on Real's title challenge in the coming months, but they are unlikely to be unduly troubled on Saturday against a team sitting 14th on the table.

Mallorca have managed just one win in their last five league matches, but they can take confidence from a 6-1 thrashing administered to Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Barcelona joined Mallorca in the tournament's quarter-finals after defeating Osasuna 2-1 on Thursday.

A 6-1 aggregate victory earned Barca an enticing last-eight tie against holders Real, but for now the focus is back on league matters, with promoted club Real Betis the La Liga champions' next opponents.

Betis have acquitted themselves well so far during their first season back in the top flight, but they will be hard pressed to prevent Barca from hitting back after their frustrating draw with Espanyol.

In other matches, third-placed Valencia, who are four points back from Barca, will look to keep pace with the top two for as long as possible in the second half of the campaign.

Unai Emery's team host Real Sociedad on Saturday, and are likely to fancy their chances against the 16th-placed club.

Also on Saturday, two promoted teams clash when Rayo Vallecano visit Granada.

Rock bottom Real Zaragoza will be desperate for points at home to mid-table Getafe and seventh meets eighth respectively when Sevilla host Espanyol.

On Sunday, third-bottom Villarreal visit Atletico Madrid and fifth-placed Osasuna await the arrival of Racing Santander, who are just one point and one place clear of the drop zone.

Finally, high-flying Levante, who are fourth, travel to take on mid-table Athletic Bilbao, while sixth-placed Malaga go to second-bottom Sporting Gijon.

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +89 100
2 38 +85 91
3 38 +15 61
4 38 +1 58
5 38 +7 56
6 38 +4 55
7 38 -17 54
8 38 -4 52
9 38 +1 50
10 38 -3 49
11 38 -11 47
12 38 -6 47
13 38 -9 47
14 38 -10 46
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -25 43
17 38 -21 42
18 38 -14 41
19 38 -27 37
20 38 -35 27