Falcao hat-trick fires Atletico
Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid claimed their first Primera Division away win of the season in stunning style, 4-0 at Real Sociedad.
Club record signing Falcao opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the third minute and, after Adrian Lopez had doubled Atletico's lead just after half-time, the Colombia international completed his treble with two more goals late on.
The victory ended Atletico's miserable away run and continued the impressive start made under new coach Diego Simeone, whose first three games in charge have now yielded seven points, with seven goals scored and none conceded.
Sevilla survived the second-half dismissal of defender Federico Fazio to claim a point with a 1-1 draw against derby rivals Real Betis at the Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera.
Exteberria Benat's free-kick put Betis in front but Alvaro Negredo equalised before half-time. Fazio was given his marching orders with just over 20 minutes remaining but the 10 men managed to keep their opponents at bay in the closing stages.
Espanyol extended their unbeaten run to five league games and moved up into fifth place thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Granada.
The hosts started brightly and should have been ahead within 12 minutes but Raul Baena smashed a volley wide from only six yards out.
Baena though made amends as he headed in from Thievy Bifouma's flick-on after 26 minutes and Espanyol doubled their advantage just before half-time as Allan Nyom was harshly penalised for a trip on Vladimir Weiss and Joan Verdu slotted home the penalty.
The visitors improved after the break but were too often wasteful with their final ball and Espanyol wrapped up the points when Rui Fonte fired in after Julio Caesar had parried Ndri Romaric's free-kick.
Miku scored the winner seven minutes from time as Getafe came from behind to end Racing Santander's five-game unbeaten run since Juanjo Gonzalez took charge, 2-1.
The hosts were gifted a 13th-minute lead as Adrian intercepted Rafa Lopez's wayward pass across his own penalty area and squared for Christian Stuani to roll into an empty net.
However the visitors were behind for only 12 minutes as Jaime Gavilan showed great technique to control and guide home a volley with the outside of his foot from just inside the area.