Sevilla moved into Europe after beating Real Sociedad 3-1. Zaragoza boosted its hopes of top flight survival by beating Europe chasers Espanyol.
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Sporting Gijon came from behind to beat Racing Santander 2-1 on Sunday evening to leapfrog Racing into the top 10.
In a cagey opening at El Molinon, both sides had carved out various opportunities to break the deadlock. Miguel de las Cuevas in particular looking lively, but often frustrated by a resolute away defense. The opener came in the 32nd minute when Pablo Pinillos' cross fell perfectly for Christian to slide home. Los Rojiblancos almost got straight back into the tie, but unluckily saw de las Cuevas strike the left post toward the end of the first half.
Sporting did manage to get the equaliser on the stroke of halftime as Diego Castro's ball was met by de las Cuevas, and he finished with aplomb to atone for the earlier wasted opportunities.
Manuel Preciado's side turned the match on its head after the break when a low cross for the right was badly dealt with after Henrique's poor clearance and Nacho Nova punished the visitors when collecting his fourth goal of the season.
Athletic Bilbao was held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by in form Malaga on Sunday evening. The result means the Basque side reaches the Europa League, but will have to wait to see what position it qualifies from.
Despite wasting a number of chances in a tentative opening at San Mames, the hosts found themselves behind just before halftime when Los Berquones were allowed to proceed deep into the Bilbao half without opposition. Joaquin Caparros' men were punished when Juanmi's through ball was converted coolly by Recio, his low shot beating Gorka Iraizoz.
Bilbao found itself back into the match, when Martin Demichelis was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a tug on Fernando Llorente. David Lopez expertly dispatched his penalty, deceiving Willy Caballero.
Neither side dominated the remainder of the game, as a number of fouls from both sides limited any attacking threat and the match petered out to a frustrating draw.
Relegation threatened Zaragoza boosted its hopes of survival with a 1-0 win against Espanyol, a result that ended its opponents' chances of qualifying for Europe.
In an even opening at La Romareda, it was the Blanquillos who carved out the better opportunites, when Said Boutahar and Lafita were mainly at fault for wasting good chances against Carlos Kameni. Los Periquitos did have their attacking endeavours, most notably Luis Garcia capitalising on an error from Jiri Jarosik which failed to materialize into something more.
Javier Aguirre's men did take the lead in the second half, where moments after Sinama Pongolle's glaring waste, Leonardo Ponzio unleashed a powerful shot to nudge the side from Aragon ahead. Mauricio Pochettino's men wasted perhaps the easiest chance of the night, as well as the best one that came their way when an error from Leo Franco enabled Isaias to take advantage, yet the Espanyol winger failed to tap in the rebound as relegation-threatened Zaragoza claimed the three points to boost its hopes of staying in the top divison.
Sevilla took full advantage of its ability in the air, as it carved out a 3-1 win at home to Real Sociedad and moved level on points with both Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
Los Nervionenses dominated the early proceedings at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and were unlucky not to find themselves ahead in the first half when Alvaro Negredo's pinpoint header smashed into the crossbar. The Basque side did have its chance to find an opener, but Diego Ifrane spurned the opportunity presented to him.
Nevertheless, Gregorio Manzano's side took full advantage of its heading prowess in the second half, as it notched two goals in quick succession. Firstly, Frederic Kanoute sent in a beautiful header from Diego Perotti's cross in the 53rd minute. Seven minutes later, the two combined again, as Martin Lasarte's men failed to learn from the setback and Kanoute rose highest to head in a Perotti cross past Claudio Bravo. The Mali international now has 11 league goals for the season.
The Basque side managed to reduce the deficit as Xabi Prieto sent through Agirritxe, who showed great control to lift the ball over Javi Varas in the 71st minute. Alvaro Negredo ended all hope of a Sociedad comeback as he struck in the 84th minute to grab the three points and put Sevilla in position to reach at the very least the qualifying round of the Europa League.
Getafe edged out Osasuna, recording a 2-0 win at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday evening to ensure the relegation fight goes to the last day of the season.
Both sides endured a frustrating first half, with the opposite keepers forced into action. El Geta surprisingly had great chances to grab the opener, with Ricardo saving well from Manu's teasing drive, whilst a bad miss from Pedro Rios let Los Rojillos off the hook. Adrian Colunga also failed to capitalize on a good attacking move just before halftime, which somehow ended goalless despite the away side enjoying more of the ball.
The Azulones finally grabbed the initiative when Flano mistakenly turned in an own goal to hand the home side the opening goal, in a spell of dominance for Michel's team. Osasuna failed to get back into the match, with Oscar Ustari saving well from Walter Pandiani, as it lacked the urgency and flair to create chances in the final third. Pedro Rios made the three points safe in injury time to keep the heat on Zaragoza.
Already relegated Almeria pulled off a convincing 3-1 win against Mallorca at Juegos Mediterraneos to record only its fifth win of the campaign.
Roberto Olabe's men settled into their attacking formation early on, and were rewarded five minutes in. Pablo Piatti's ball was latched on by Kalu Uche, whose cool finish evaded the reach of Dudu Aaoute to grab his sixth goal of his campaign. Almeria, which hasn't won since early March doubled the advantage in the 15th minute when Michael Macedo put through Juanma Ortiz to make it 2-0.
Michael Laudrup's men found themselves on the ropes, and could've been three goals down when Piatti and Uche linked well, but couldn't find the net as the home faithful roared their approval. That materialized in the 32nd minute when Luna's cross from the left was pounced on by the impressive Piatti to give the already relegated side a strong standing in the game. An eventful first half was capped off by Los Bermellones reducing the deficit when Pierre Webo's right footed effort struck the bottom corner as the teams trudged back into the dressing rooms.
Despite the goal, Mallorca was unable to get back into the match, as the home side effectively shut the visitors out, with Emilio Nsue in particular frustrated in the second half.
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