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Valencia beats Xerez 3-1, Deportivo beats Osasuna

Valencia beats Xerez 3-1, Deportivo beats Osasuna

Valencia beat last-place Xerez 3-1 to stay third in Spain on Sunday, while Deportivo La Coruna was a 1-0 winner over Osasuna.
Juanma Mata put Valencia ahead after 11 minutes at the Chapin Stadium, the Spain winger timing his run perfectly to receive Ever Banega's lofted pass inside the area before sliding it between goalkeeper Renan Soares' legs.
Xerez equalized in the 25th minute after Joaquin Sanchez slipped, allowing Carlos Calvo to start a counterattack, with the Xerez forward receiving the ball back from Jeronimo Figueroa before firing past Cesar Sanchez.
Valencia regained the lead in the 33rd as David Villa drew the defense before crossing to David Silva, who looped a left-footed shot over Soares.
Carlos Marchena sealed the win in the 69th as the burly defender burst into the box and fired a dipping shot over Soares.
Xerez remain rooted to the bottom of the table after its sixth straight defeat.
Deportivo maintained its bid to qualify for European competition next season as Juan Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game against Osasuna in the 50th, swiveling to meet Andres Guardado's center.
Osasuna was reduced to 10 men from the 67th when midfielder Javad Nekounam was red carded.
Elsewhere, it was: Malaga 1, Athletic Bilbao 1; Sporting Gijon 1, Getafe 0; and Espanyol 2, Zaragoza 1.
Real Madrid welcomes Kaka back from injury for its match against surging Mallorca later Sunday, before Spanish leader Barcelona looks to snap a two-game winless streak against Tenerife.
Fernando Llorente scored a 79th-minute penalty after Ivan Gonzalez dragged Llorente down inside the area to give Athletic a share of the spoils at Malaga after Welington had given the home side the lead with a header in the 48th.
Diego Castro's 39th-minute goal saw Sporting snap a four-game winless run and end Getafe's three-game winning streak.
Fernando Marques jumped on a loose rebound in the 71st to score the winner for Espanyol, which took the lead in the 13th when Joan Verdu took advantage of a goalkeeping error.
Javier Arizmendi scored for Zaragoza, which stayed second bottom, in the 40th.
On Saturday, Atletico Madrid won 4-0 at Valladolid, Almeria rallied for a 1-1 draw against Villarreal and teenager Sergio Canales scored both goals as Racing Santander beat Sevilla 2-1.


Updated : 2021-10-23 02:18 GMT+08:00