London, England (CNN) -- Espanyol continued their 100 percent home record on Sunday, beating Hercules 3-0 to move up to fourth in the table, one point ahead of Valencia.
Joan Verdu opened the scoring on 14 minutes and two late penalties, from Pablo Osvaldo and Luis Garcia, made sure of all three points.
Sevilla missed the chance to go ahead of Espanyol after they suffered their first home defeat of the league season, going down 2-1 to Real Mallorca.
Frenchman Michael Pereira opened the scoring for Mallorca in the 36th minute, but Brazilian international forward Luis Fabiano looked as though he stolen a point when he equalized with two minutes of normal time remaining.
But striker Pierre Webo struck the winner for the away side two minutes later.
The result means Sevilla are now seventh, two points off a top four Champion's League place, while Mallorca climb to eighth.
Deportivo La Coruna continued their recent good form with a 3-0 home win over Malaga, while Osasuna defeated Sporting Gijon 1-0.
Promoted Levante lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over 10-man Racing Santander -- Domingo Cisma was sent off after just 29 minutes.
Ecuadorian international striker Felipe Caicedo scored twice in the first half while Uruguayan Stuani added a third before half time.
In the evening kick-off, Atletico Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-2 to move up to sixth.
Four goals in the final 20 minutes sealed victory for Quique Sanchez Flores team after Llorente had opened the scoring for the home side after 12 minutes.
Diego Forlan started the late rush in the 71st minute before Aguero bagged a brace in quick succession.
Gutierrez Diego Rivas pulled one back for Real in the 86th minute, but Simao sealed the points for Atletico when he converted a penalty deep into stoppage time.