Sociedad, Villarreal win to stay in European hunt

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Sociedad beat Valladolid 1-0 while Villarreal held on for a 1-0 win at Getafe in the Spanish league, both victors staying in the hunt on Thursday for a place in European competition next season.

Sociedad remained in sixth place with Villarreal a point behind in seventh, both in Europa League spots and in striking distance of fourth place and the final Champions League berth.

Sociedad forward Carlos Vela chipped goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez after receiving an equally exquisite lobbed pass from Ruben Pardo to set him up in the 23rd minute at Anoeta Stadium. It was Vela's 12th goal in league play this campaign.

"The truth is we didn't play a good game, but we won," said Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate, whose team struggled to control possession in the second half and needed goalie Claudio Bravo to secure the three points by denying Carlos Pena in the 57th.

"We have players capable of doing things like that great goal, and that makes everything easier," Arrasate said.

Jeremy Perbet slotted in Villarreal's winner in the fifth after he received the ball with his back to the goal and deftly turned to shoot around his marker. Villarreal squandered several more chances before Getafe made a late push but failed to get the equalizer.