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Valladolid 1-0 Almeria

Valladolid beat 10-man Almeria 1-0 at home on Sunday to provisionally escape the relegation zone in the Spanish league.

Manucho scored what proved to be the match-winner for the hosting side in the sixth minute when he tapped in a cross to secure three crucial points. 

It could have been 2-0 through, when Jesus Rueda came close to doubling the lead with a free-kick that clipped the crossbar in the 73rd minute. 

Two minutes later Almeria were reduced to ten men when Marco Torsiglieri was dismissed for a second bookable offence for fouling Manucho.

The result leaves both sides level on points on the edge of the drop zone.

Osasuna 1-1 Real Sociedad

Osasuna bounced back from a goal down to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad. 

It took the visitors just seven minutes to open their account when Chori Castro collected a pass on the edge of the penalty area and produced a nice strike into the bottom left corner. 

They were in control for a large portion of the game but couldn’t prevent the home side from restoring parity on the hour mark.  Oriol Riera connected onto a set piece inside the box and produced a perfect header into the top of the net.

Sociedad will remain in sixth, while Osasuna’s position is unchanged in 18th place on the table.

Villarreal 1-1 Elche

Villareal were held to a surprising 1-1 draw by Elche on their home ground of the Estadio El Madrigal. 

The visitors stole the lead on the half hour mark after a penalty was awarded to them. Damian Suarez stood up to take the effort and slammed home a precise low shot into the bottom right corner from 11 meters. 

But the yellow submarine responded with a goal of their own two minutes before the interval. Jonathan Pereira got into a very promising position and fired the ball inside the right post for a clinical finish. 

Valencia 1-3 Getafe

Getafe scored two goals in the space of three minutes to come back and claim a 3-1 win over Valencia in the final match on Sunday evening. 

The home side snatched an early opener after just six minutes on the clock. Eduardo Vargas met a cross from a corner kick and headed the set-piece down the middle of the goal and into the back of the net.

That goal sparked a positive comeback by the visitors who stunned Valencia with a quick comeback. Angel Lafita produced a daisy-cutter from mid-range and it deflected in off the right post, beating the surprised goalkeeper.

Guaita was left in further shock when Ciprian Marica met a deep cross to nod in a bullet header to make it 2-1. 

Getafe took the final bite of the cake in the dying minutes of the encounter when they got their third goal of the evening through a great finish by Pedro Leon that went into the top right corner. 

Valencia were also handed an even bigger blow as Jeremy Mathieu was sent off in the final minute for a second yellow card. 

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