Posted: Saturday November 10, 2012 4:07 PM

Zaragoza, Rayo overcome 2-goal deficits to win

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Expected to struggle this season, Real Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano showed their mettle by fighting back from two-goal deficits to record victories and move into the top half of the Spanish league on Saturday.

Zaragoza roared from behind to rout 10-man Deportivo La Coruna 5-3 at Romareda Stadium, while Rayo rallied to edge out 10-man Celta Vigo 3-2 for its second straight win.

Deportivo looked set to cruise to its first away win of the season after two errors by Zaragoza's Franco Zuculini led to goals by Bruno Gama and Ivan "Riki'' Sanchez in the 13th and 21st minutes.

Antonio "Apono'' Galdeano pulled one back for Zaragoza in the 27th with a spot kick after Tiago Pinto controlled the ball with his arm inside the area. But the hosts didn't start to dominate until Luis "Pizzi'' Afonso was sent off with his second booking four minutes after halftime.

Zaragoza midfielder Paco Montanes equalized off a set piece in the 60th. Alvaro Gonzalez then grabbed the lead six minutes later before Portugal striker Helder Postiga netted a late brace.

Substitute Rodolfo Bopido scored Deportivo's third goal in added time.

Earlier in Madrid, Celta striker Iago Aspas gave the visitors a 2-0 lead with goals in the 12th and 34th minutes.

The match, however, took a dramatic swing in Rayo's favor when Celta defender Gustavo Cabral received his second yellow card six minutes from halftime.

Forward Leo Carrilho scored for Rayo with a header in the 59th before Roberto "Tito'' Triguero was left unmarked to level with his 72nd-minute header. Francisco "Piti'' Medina completed the comeback with a spot kick in the 82nd after Celta's Andres Tunez pulled down Andrija Delibasic in the area.

"The fact that Celta was left with 10 (men) before halftime gave us a certain advantage, but even so it's not easy to score against Celta and even less so when they are winning by two goals,'' said Rayo coach Paco Jemez.

Promoted Celta remained without a point from six away games this season.

Also, last-place Osasuna earned a much-needed second victory by winning 3-0 at Espanyol thanks to Alvaro Cejudo's goal and assist.

Cejudo scored off a deflected shot by teammate Sisinio "Sisi'' Gonzalez in the 22nd. After Espanyol hit the woodwork twice, the forward then took the ball from Espanyol's Joan Verdu and passed for Kike Sola to dribble past the goalkeeper before rolling the ball home.

Osasuna substitute Manuel Omwu scored off a counterattack in the 77th to cap Espanyol's first loss in five rounds.

Osasuna has eight points, one less than Espanyol and two points from safety.

Later, Malaga aims to provisionally take control of third place with a win against struggling Real Sociedad.

League leader Barcelona visits Mallorca on Sunday before second-place Atletico Madrid hosts Getafe. Real Madrid also plays at Levante, while Valencia visits Valladolid and Sevilla plays Athletic Bilbao.

Granada won 2-1 at Real Betis to open the 11th round on Friday.
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