Real Sociedad rises to fourth with Sevilla defeat

Real Sociedad moved into fourth place in La Liga on Saturday after securing a 2-1 win over 10-man Sevilla at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla was on the front foot early on and opened the scoring just 10 minutes into the match through Ivan Rakitic.

But the home side was unable to hold the lead for very long as Rakitic gave the tally right back to Sociedad six minutes later when he was tagged with an own goal to put the sides back on level terms.

The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute when Carlos Martinez floated a cross into the penalty area where Imanol Agirretxe was there to blast it home with a right-footed strike.

Sociedad went into the intermission with the lead and their task got a bit easier in the 58th minute after Sevilla's Jose Reyes was sent off, reducing the hosts to 10 men.

After going down a man, Sevilla was never able to find an equalizing goal and the result keeps the club in eighth place on 47 points.

Valencia 1, Getafe 0

Getafe, Spain - Jeremy Mathieu's first-half tally was enough to lift Valencia to a 1-0 win over Getafe on Saturday at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

The result, Valencia's third consecutive victory in league play, leaves the club with 62 points and level on points with Real Sociedad, but Valencia occupy fifth place in La Liga due to an inferior goal differential.

Valencia's breakthrough came one minute before the halftime break when Mathieu latched on to a pass from Ever Banega and ripped a well-struck, left-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net past Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Moya.

Getafe never threatened the Valencia goal in the second half and managed just one shot on target over the course of 90 minutes as the club remains in ninth place on 47 points.

Granada 3, Osasuna 0

Granada, Spain - Youssef El Arabi, Guillherme Siqueira and Diego Buonanotte all found the back of the net on Saturday as Granada rolled past 10-man Osasuna, 3-0, at Los Carmenes.

El Arabi opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute and the club went into the intermission holding the one-goal margin.

Things got even better for Granada with 11 minutes to play when Osasuna's Fernando Nano was sent off, reducing the traveling side to 10 men.

Playing a man to the good for the remainder of the game, Granada made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left after Siqueira made good on a penalty kick and the result was wrapped up when Buonanotte netted a third goal for Granada in stoppage time.

The result lifts the home side to 39 points, seven clear of the drop zone with two matches remaining, while Osasuna is still in danger of going down, just four points clear of the bottom three with two games still to play.