Real Sociedad leaps over Valencia into the Champions League

Even though the league title, Copa del Rey, and Champions League had already been decided weeks ago, there was still enough drama to be jam-packed into the last weekend of matches in La Liga. The contest at Riazor between Deportivo and Real Sociedad proved to be exciting down to the last minute.

Sociedad came into the match knowing they had a chance, with a win, to leapfrog Valencia who stood fourth place in the table with 65 points. Real had 63 points, meaning the necessary outcome was a win, and a definitive Valencia loss, no tie.

Deportivo was playing with a lot on the line as well, as they were seeking to avoid relegation. Four teams – Mallorca, Deportivo, Zaragoza, and Celta Vigo – were all fighting to not be named in the league table’s last three. Coming into the match with 35 points, all Deportivo needed was a win, and they would remain in the Primera Division.

All matches kicked off at the same time, 9 pm Saturday night, and Real came out in their recognizable away orange kit, with Deportivo in blue and white stripes. The match was tense in the early moments of the game, with both sides missing close chances. But Antoine Griezmann was able to score the all important goal in the 22nd minute, after Agirretxe fired a shot which rebounded directly to him. Real held on for the win.

Sociedad got help from an unlikely source, Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo, who scored an amazing 4 individual goals to down Valencia 4-3, giving Real the result it needed.

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