Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o produced a world-class finish to fire Barcelona to a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao as Pep Guardiola's side closed to within three points of leaders Valencia. After demolishing Atletico Madrid 6-1 last time out Barca were hungry for more but the goals weren't as forthcoming and it was left to Eto'o to provide the breakthrough on 63 minutes with his sixth goal of the season. The 27-year-old controlled a lofted ball majestically before unleashing a left-footed volley. Barcelona's next test is a UEFA Champions League trip to FC Basel on Wednesday.
Valencia lead the standings after maintaning their flawless home record with a 4-0 thrashing of new boys Numancia. Last season Valencia were a soft touch at their Mestalla stadium losing nine times, but the 2004 league champions appear to have made it a fortress again with four home wins from four in the league. David Villa, who scored the winner in Spain's FIFA 2010 World Cup™ qualifying win over Belgium in midweek, opened the scoring after four minutes. The Spanish international also netted the final goal of the game in the 89th minute with his league-best eighth goal. Juan Mata (72nd minute) and Vicente (83rd minute) were also on target as Unai Emery's Valencia cruised to victory.
The Kings Cup holders nudged Villarreal, the only other unbeaten team in the league, from the top going two points clear of last season's runners-up. Real Madrid are three points behind the leaders in third after their last gasp 2-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Barcelona, buoyed by last week's 6-1 demolition of Atletico, can move level on points with Real providing they can defeat Athletic Bilbao at San Mames later on.
Real Betis earned their first win of the season, climbing out of the bottom three with a 3-0 triumph over Real Mallorca. That meant that Osasuna are the only team yet to win this season. New coach Jose Antonio Camacho, the former Spain national manager, had a difficult start losing 2-1 at promoted Sporting Gijon. At 1-1 the game could have gone either way but Osasuna had Roversio Rodrigues sent off for bringing down Mate Bilic in the penalty area. Bilic converted the penalty as Osasuna dropped into the relegation zone while Sporting jumped to 16th.