Spanish league: Barcelona edges Mallorca

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mallorca defender Fernando Navarro inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net on Sunday, giving defending champion FC Barcelona a 1-0 win.

Updated: April 17, 2007 16:57 IST
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Madrid, Spain:

Mallorca defender Fernando Navarro inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net on Sunday, giving defending champion FC Barcelona a 1-0 win in the Spanish league.

Barcelona striker Javier Saviola took a shot in the 90th minute, but the ball bounced off the left post and hit Navarro before going in the net. Saviola had come on for Ludovic Giuly in the 59th.

Mallorca could have taken the lead in the 30th from the penalty spot, but Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes made the save shortly after he took down Mallorca midfielder Jonas Gutierrez in front of goal.

Sevilla lose

Sevilla fell further back in the title race, losing at Valencia 2-0.

David Villa scored both goals, first putting the hosts in the lead in the 27th and then adding the other from the penalty spot after defender Andreas Hinkel was red-carded in the 51st.

Barcelona leads the league with 59 points, followed by Sevilla with 55, Real Madrid with 54 points and Valencia with 53.

Also, it was: Gimnastic Tarragona 1, Zaragoza 0; Atletico Madrid 1, Levante 0; Athletic Bilbao 2, Espanyol 1; Getafe 3, Villarreal 0; Celta Vigo 1, Deportivo La Coruna 0; and Osasuna 1, Recreativo Huelva 1.

Javier Portillo scored a second-half goal to give Gimnastic Tarragona a win over Zaragoza.

Portillo scored with a header in the 82nd to hurt Zaragoza's chances of earning a berth in next season's Champions League.

Francisco Javier Casquero gave Getafe the lead over Villarreal with a left-footed shot into the top right corner of the goal in the 31st minute.

Striker Daniel Guiza could have made it 2-0 but his penalty was stopped by goalkeeper Sebastian Viera in the 38th. But Maris Verpakovskis, on loan from Dynamo Kiev, pounced on a loose ball to score in the 75th minute and Sergio Pachon added the third goal in the 83rd minute.

Villarreal striker Guillermo Franco was ejected in 77th minute for a red card following a bad tackle.

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres gave his team a 1-0 win against Levante when he scored in the 60th minute with a right-footed shot.

Jonatas scored with a long shot in the third minute to give Espanyol the lead, but second-half substitute Ismael Urzaiz scored in the 62nd and 78th minutes.

Celta Vigo celebrated the arrival of coach Hristo Stoitchkov with a 1-0 win over Galician rival Deportivo La Coruna.

Stoitchkov had resigned as Bulgaria coach to replace Fernando Vazquez, who was fired after only two wins in 19 games with the relegation-threatened team.

Fernando Baiano scored the winning goal with a deft backheel in the 61st minute.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored for Huelva in the 52nd, but Osasuna equalized when defender Cesar Cruchaga headed in a goal in the 55th minute.

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