La Liga: Valencia beat Alaves while Getafe overcome Real Sociedad
Last Updated: 17/03/18 8:46pm
Valencia moved up to third in La Liga after a 3-1 home win over Alaves on Saturday.
Rodrigo opened the scoring for the hosts with a composed finish after 19 minutes following a great pass from strike-partner Simone Zaza before the Italian found the bottom corner with a powerful drive to double their lead.
Ruben Sobrino halved the deficit for Alaves when a slide-rule pass from Martin Aguirregabiria sent the forward free to slot home, but Victor Laguardia's own goal nine minutes after the restart restored Valencia's two-goal advantage to secure maximum points.
Deportivo La Coruna and Las Palmas played out a 1-1 draw that will do little to aid either team's battle to avoid relegation.
Levante's 2-1 victory over Eibar on Friday evening meant Las Palmas were seven points from safety before kick-off, with their opponents one point further adrift in 19th place.
Las Palmas took the lead in the third minute through a brilliant Alen Halilovic goal. He gained possession on the halfway line before driving at the home defence and curling a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
However, Raul Albentosa headed Depor level after 22 minutes and, despite Lucas Perez and Halilovic going close, neither team could snatch the much-needed three points.
Getafe kept their slim hopes of European football alive with a 2-1 triumph at Real Sociedad.
Willian Jose put the hosts ahead after 23 minutes with a powerful header inside the penalty area but Djene Dakonam levelled for Getafe on the stroke of half-time with a header from Jorge Molina's corner.
But Angel Rodriguez won it for the visitors with a stunning long-range drive six minutes after the restart before holding onto victory in a scrappy match which saw 10 yellow cards in total.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are both in action on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.