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Valencia leapfrog Sociedad in crucial fourth spot

Published: Sunday 26 May 2013, 22.43CET
Valencia enjoy possession of Spain's final UEFA Champions League berth with one game to go after beaing Granada CF 1-0, as rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol could only draw.
Valencia leapfrog Sociedad in crucial fourth spot
Roberto Soldado got the only goal of the game for Valencia ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 26 May 2013, 22.43CET

Valencia leapfrog Sociedad in crucial fourth spot

Valencia enjoy possession of Spain's final UEFA Champions League berth with one game to go after beaing Granada CF 1-0, as rivals Real Sociedad de Fútbol could only draw.

Valencia CF lifted themselves back up to fourth place in the Liga with one match to go after defeating Granada CF 1-0, with Real Sociedad de Fútbol slipping out of Spain's final UEFA Champions League berth following their 3-3 draw against Real Madrid CF.

Sociedad held the upper hand ahead of Sunday's games but needed a win against Madrid to keep themselves in the top four, and were thus dealt a heavy blow when Gonzalo Higuaín found the net after six minutes. José Callejón then doubled the deficit close to the hour mark, before Xabier Prieto and Antoine Griezmann levelled the score. The hosts were left reeling again when Sami Khedira struck shortly afterwards for the Merengues, and only Prieto's added time equaliser earned them a share of the spoils.

The side coached by Stade Rennais FC-bound Philippe Montanier now trail Valencia by two points ahead of the final day of the season next Saturday, their rivals having moved into position courtesy of Roberto Soldado's second-half goal against Granada. Sociedad must now win at RC Deportivo La Coruña and hope Valencia slip up at Sevilla FC.

Elsewhere, champions FC Barcelona prevailed 2-0 at local rivals RCD Espanyol and RC Celta de Vigo boosted their chances of avoiding relegation by winning 2-0 at Real Valladolid CF. That lifted them up to 18th, a point shy of Deportivo, who succumbed 3-1 at Málaga CF. Also in the danger zone, Real Zaragoza lost 4-0 at Real Betis Balompié and RCD Mallorca drew 0-0 at third-placed Club Atlético de Madrid.

Last updated: 27/05/13 0.32CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 04/07/2013 01:12 CET

26/05/2013

MálagaMálaga3-1DeportivoDeportivo

Saviola 45+1, Júlio Baptista 64, Isco 80

Diogo Salomão 75

Venue: Malaga

26/05/2013

EspanyolEspanyol0-2BarcelonaBarcelona

Alexis Sánchez 14, Pedro Rodríguez 86

Venue: Barcelona

26/05/2013

ValenciaValencia1-0GranadaGranada

Soldado 59

Venue: Valencia

26/05/2013

AtléticoAtlético0-0MallorcaMallorca

Venue: Madrid

26/05/2013

GetafeGetafe1-2Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Rafa 49

Domínguez 53, Diego Castro 90 (o.g.)

Venue: Madrid

26/05/2013

AthleticAthletic0-1LevanteLevante

Juanlu Gómez 90+1

Venue: Bilbao

26/05/2013

ValladolidValladolid0-2CeltaCelta

Cabral 28, Aspas 56 (P)

Venue: Valladolid

26/05/2013

OsasunaOsasuna2-1SevillaSevilla

Puñal 63, Cejudo 79

Negredo 50

Venue: Pamplona

26/05/2013

BetisBetis4-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Rubén 1, Pabón 17, 71, Molina 50

Venue: Sevilla

26/05/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad3-3Real MadridReal Madrid

Xabier Prieto 64 (P), 90+3, Griezmann 78

Higuaín 6, José Callejón 57, Khedira 80

Venue: San Sebastian

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