Real Sociedad scored two
late goals to secure a dramatic 3-2 home win over Malaga in La
Liga on Sunday which prevented the ambitious Andalusian club
drawing level on points with fourth-placed Levante.
After Malaga had fought back from a goal down to take a 2-1
lead at the Anoeta, Carlos Vela struck in the 89th minute and
Diego Ifran netted the winner two minutes later to lift
Sociedad, coached by Frenchman Phillipe Montanier, to 13th.
Qatar-owned Malaga, one of Europe's biggest spenders in the
close season transfer market, are fifth with 23 points, three
behind Levante who were thrashed 5-0 at champions Barcelona on
"It hurts to lose a game in the final three minutes," Malaga
coach Manuel Pellegrini told a news conference.
"We had controlled this match," the Chilean, Jose Mourinho's
predecessor at Real Madrid, added.
The future of Real Betis coach Pepe Mel hung in the balance
after the Seville club conceded deep into stoppage-time to lose
2-1 at Osasuna, a ninth defeat in 10 matches that left them in
16th on 13 points.
"It's not up to me," Mel told a news conference when asked
about his future.
"If they want me to carry on I'll carry on," he added. "If
not I have a very clear conscience."
Erratic Atletico Madrid beat city rivals Rayo Vallecano 3-1
thanks to goals from Gabi, Radamel Falcao and Eduardo Salvio to
climb to eighth.
Athletic Bilbao are a point behind in ninth after they drew
1-1 at Real Mallorca in a match littered with 11 yellow cards,
while Granada climbed to 12th thanks to a 1-0 home win over
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