Spanish Football League: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla win
MADRID: Real Madrid climbed up to second position with a late 3-2 win at title rivals Valencia with Argentine Ezequiel Garay the unlikely hero with an 83rd minute winner.
All five goals came in a sensational second half with Argentine Gonzalo Higuain twice putting Real ahead only for David Villa and substitute Joaquin, only on the pitch five minutes, to peg Real back at 2-2 with ten minutes left.
However, substitute Garay headed in a Xabi Alonso set-piece on 83 minutes with his first league goal for Real and it was vital.
It was a first home defeat for Valencia who had gone 15 games unbeaten in all competitions and the club fall six points behind Real in third.
Barcelona, who have played one game more, go into 2010 as leaders of the Spanish top-flight after a hard-fought 1-0 derby win over Espanyol at Camp Nou.
A questionable first half Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty secured victory for Barca in their final league match of 2009.
Meanwhile, Sevilla climbed up to third position after edging Sporting Gijon in a 1-0 away win.
On the other hand, Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 in their English Premier League match to secure third position. Chelsea and Manchester United hold the top two positions with 37 and 34 points respectively.