Karpin strike hands Sociedad victory
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Russian international Valery Karpin scored the only goal of the match following some good passing play from Darko Kovacevic and Javier De Pedro.
The Basque side nearly sealed the win when Sevilla's Javi Navarro lobbed his own goalkeeper Antonio Notario with a wayward back-pass but was fortunate to see the ball bounce over the bar.
Champions Valencia kept pace with Sociedad with a 2-0 victory over Racing Santander at the Mestalla.
Miguel Angel Angulo gave the home side the lead four minutes before the break and sealed the win two after half-time when Norwegian striker John Carew made it two.
The win keeps Valencia within four points of Sociedad at the top of the table.
Deportivo La Coruna missed a chance to move up the table after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at bottom club Recreativo de Huelva.
The home side went in front mid-way through the first half as striker Raul Molina scored to give the Estadio Nuevo Colombino side a one-goal lead.
However six minutes later, Diego Tristan equalised for Depor as the match would eventually end with both sides sharing a point.
Recreativo played the last ten minutes of the match with ten men after striker Francisco Munoz Xisco was sent off.
The draw means that the Mestalla club remain in sixth while Recreativo stay bottom of the table.
Barcelona's poor run of form in the league continued after the Catalan giants fell to a 1-0 away defeat at struggling Rayo Vallecano.
Jorge Azkoitia's goal four minutes after the hour mark gave the Madrid club an invaluable win in their hopes of pulling off the foot of the table, as they now sit third from bottom in La Liga.
Malaga also had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 home draw against Villarreal at the Estadio La Rosaleda.
Following a 0-0 first half, Argentine striker Martin Palermo gave Villarreal a 1-0 lead just before the hour mark.
However, Uruguayan striker Dario Silva would equalise with 14 minutes remaining as Malaga shared the points with their visitors before gearing up for their Uefa Cup third round, second leg clash at Leeds United on Thursday.
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