A first-half free-kick from Joan Capdevila and young striker Hidalgo Cristian’s first La Liga goal 10 minutes after the break ensured Real returned to the capital without a win in La Coruna since 1991-92.
Earlier, Barcelona missed the chance to move back on top after being held to a 1-1 draw at stubborn Getafe.
Daniel Guiza put the home team ahead early in the second half, but a Xavi strike with 20 minutes remaining earned a lacklustre Barca — without Ronaldinho and Deco — a share of the spoils.
Sevilla stay top despite a 2-1 defeat at Real Zaragoza. Sevilla won the UEFA Cup and European Super Cup in a memorable 2006 which ended with them on top of the Primera Liga.
However, a fine performance from Zaragoza ensured they got off to a losing start to 2007 — a year where coach Juande Ramos has refused to rule out winning La Liga for the first time since their solitary triumph back in 1946.
Carlos Diogo opened the scoring in the first half before supplying the cross from which Diego Milito made it 2-0 to Zaragoza early in the second half.
Luis Fabiano pulled one back for Sevilla 20 minutes from time..
The game ended in farce as Fabiano and Diogo traded punches after the final whistle. They were both red-carded.
Valencia got 2007 off to a winning start as Miguel Angulo’s goal gave them a win over Villarreal last night.
Athletic Bilbao’s resurgence under new coach Jose Manuel “Mane” Esnal continued yesterday as Ismail Urzaiz struck twice to give the Basques a 3-1 win at Real Mallorca.
Luis Fernandez’s first match in charge of Real Betis was one to remember for the Frenchman as Betis defeated Celta Vigo to record only their fourth win of the season thanks to Rafael Sobis’ goal.
Espanyol began 2007 with a disappointing defeat at home to Recreativo Huelva.
Strugglers Levante made the perfect start to 2007 as they recorded a 2-0 win over inconsistent Racing Santander thanks to goals from Diego Camacho and Olivier Kapo.
A late winner from Mikel Aranburu earned relegation strugglers Real Sociedad a precious 2-1 win against Osasuna.
Atletico Madrid’s Champions League qualification hopes were made look optimistic as they were held to a goalless draw at home by the Primera Liga’s bottom club Gimnastic Tarragona.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has stated that Owen Hargreaves will not leave the club during the January transfer window although he has left the door open for the England midfielder to move on in the summer.
Hargreaves has been linked with Manchester United but Hoeness insists the player will see out the season in Bavaria.
Bayern have recruited German striker Jan Schlaudraff and are also interested in signing Marseille’s French international Franck Ribery. Hoeness added that they would not be pursuing German international striker Miroslav Klose, whose contract with Werder Bremen expires in 2008.
In France, six Ligue 1 clubs have already been dumped out of the Coupe de France after a series of first-round shocks.
Rennes, Lorient, Auxerre and Troyes were ousted by lower-league teams on Saturday, while St Etienne and Nancy were eliminated by fellow Ligue 1 sides.
Arguably the biggest surprise came as Rennes lost 3-1 after extra-time to Romorantin, who hail from the lowly National League.
But Djibril Cisse scored a hat-trick to save Marseille from an embarrassing defeat at Cambrai.
Julien Bailleul equalised Cisse’s opener to take the game into extra time but the on-loan Liverpool striker Cisse added two more goals and Toifilou Maoulida added another as Marseille ran out 4-1 winners.
Franck Ribery’s brother Francois featured in one of the shocks of the night. Francois came on as a late substitute for Calais who beat Ligue 1 Lorient to claim a 2-0 win with goals scored by Djezon Boutoille.
Troyes were another Ligue 1 club eliminated, losing 4-2 at Libourne St-Seurin while Auxerre were also top-flight casualties, losing 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Niort.
Out-of-retirement Fabien Barthez enjoyed a winning night for Nantes as Les Canaris won 1-0 over Ligue 2 club Guingamp.
There were two all Ligue 1 clashes with Sochaux winning 3-1 at St Etienne and Lens winning 9-8 on penalties after a 3-3 draw with Nancy.
Last night Juninho spared Lyon’s blushes by scoring a 75th-minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Bayonne.
The Brazilian midfielder netted a trademark free-kick just as it looked like the Ligue 1 leaders were going to be held to a draw.
Lyon went ahead in the 10th minute when Emmanuel Degoul turned a Juninho corner into his own net but Bayonne drew level in the 59th minute, when captain Michel Bidegain fired home from 25 yards before Juninho’s winning effort.
Ligue 1 strugglers Paris St Germain got a much-needed boost with a 3-0 win over Nimes. The win came as it emerged former French Open tennis champion Yannick Noah is to work with the club as an advisor.