Sevilla FC reignited their campaign to qualify for the UEFA Champions League with a 4-1 defeat of RCD Espanyol 4-1, hauling themselves within three points of fourth-placed Athletic Club.
Unai Emery's men had their six-game Liga winning streak ended by RC Celta de Vigo last time out but rediscovered their previous form to dispatch Espanyol. Stéphane Mbia powered in an 18th-minute header to put the Andalusian outfit ahead and Kevin Gameiro controlled a cross on his chest and volleyed in the dropping ball to make it two a minute before half-time. Sergio García's penalty halved the deficit after the restart, but Gameiro got his second six minutes from time, with Ivan Rakitić adding a fourth.
Meanwhile, Valencia CF's bid for a UEFA Europa League spot faltered in a 0-0 draw at Real Valladolid CF, while Málaga CF are up to 11th thanks to a 4-1 win against Granada CF – a pair of first-half Ignacio Camacho goals setting them on their way. Nordin Amrabat added a third from the penalty spot after the break and Juanmi rounded off the victory before Youssef El Arabi's consolation.
Also on Sunday, Elche FC returned to winning ways following a stretch of five games without a victory. Richmond Boakye scored in the 93rd minute to secure a 1-0 win against Getafe CF and send his side 14th.
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Sergio García 47 (P)
El Arabi 78
|Real Sociedad||0-4||Real Madrid|
|Venue: San Sebastian|
Rubén Castro 68
Raúl García 14
Oriol Riera 19, Arribas 33
|1||Club Atlético de Madrid||32||79|
|3||Real Madrid CF||32||76|
|6||Real Sociedad de Fútbol||32||50|
|12||RC Celta de Vigo||32||36|
|13||Rayo Vallecano de Madrid||32||36|
|17||Real Valladolid CF||32||31|
|20||Real Betis Balompié||32||22|