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Valladolid-Villareal (1-0)

Valladolid removed themselves off the relegation zone with their 1-0 win over fifth placed Villareal on Saturday evening, but Almeria still have a game in hand.

There was only one moment in the game that separated the two teams on opposite ends of the table and that came five minutes before the break.

A ball was whipped in from a free-kick and found Jesus Rueda. who rose up and produced an amazing header that went into the top right corner.

At the restart it was nearly 2-0 to the hosts when Antonio Rukavina got onto the end of a rebound outside the penalty box. He unleashed a long-range shot towards the bottom right corner, which Sergio Asenjo made a decent save to deny the effort.

It could have potentially been 1-1 by the full-time whistle when Ikechukwu Uche worked his way into the box and produced a low strike towards the middle of the goal.  But Diego Marino was on guard as he anticipated the direction of the ball to force a save.

Valencia-Espanyol (2-2)

The match between Valencia and Espanyol ended at honours even, in a 2-2 draw on Saturday evening, to keep both teams in contention for a possible place in Europe next season.

The match was exiting from the very first whistle and few would have predicted the goal showdown that took place in the opening 45 minutes.

It was the visitors who were the first to get off the mark when John Cordoba got into a very promising position after collecting a brilliant pass. He fired the ball inside the right post to clinically finish it for Espanyol.

But their lead only lasted five minutes when Alcacer Paco restored parity. He latched on to an inch-perfect cross into the box and drilled a low shot into the bottom left corner of the goal, making it 1-1.

It was Valencia’s turn to take the lead just after the half hour. Jonas connected with the ball from a corner kick and placed a powerful header past the stranded goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.

The result was then forced into a deadlock on the brink of the interval when Sergio Garcia coolly converted a penalty kick by sending the ball into the top left corner.

Sevilla-Levante (2-3)

Goals from Luokas Vyntra and Pape Dio saw Levante fight back twice to secure an astonishing 3-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday evening to end the home side’s impressive unbeaten record of eight matches.

The first goal arrived after just 25 minutes when Coke collected the ball and struck a snapshot which struck the left post and was directed into the back of the net

But just seven minutes later David Barral restored parity in the match with his spot kick which ensured both teams went into the break locked at 1-1.

Sevilla had the chance to restore their lead when Diop’s handling offence saw the home side handed a penalty in the 57th minute. However, Rakitic failed to convert from the spot.

He later made amends for his error when he found the back of the net ten minutes later but it was to no avail as two goals by Levante ensured their shock victory.

Vyntra nodded an effort into the top right hand corner with 20 minutes to go, before Diop converted from close range after seeing Barral’s effort beaten away by Beto.

Both teams were reduced to ten men inside stoppages as things started to get heated. Nikos Karabelas and Jairo Sampiero were the two guilty parties who were dismissed but it had no impact on the result. 

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