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Spanish Primera BBVA

Anoeta (ATT 12,000) 21st February 2011 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Rubinos Perez

Sociedad Real Sociedad vs Real Mallorca Mallorca

Sociedad 1

R Tamudo (55)

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Mallorca 0

Tamudo seals Sociedad success

Sociedad move to within touching distance of European places

Last Updated: 21/02/11 10:44pm

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Tamudo: Match winner

Tamudo: Match winner

A solitary effort from Raul Tamudo was enough to see Real Sociedad edge past Real Mallorca on Monday.

A narrow 1-0 victory on home soil sees Sociedad climb into eighth spot in the Primera Liga standings, three points adrift of the European places.

Conditions on the north coast of Spain did neither side any favours in a contest played in heavy wind and driving rain.

It was, however, the hosts who were able to steer a path to victory, with Tamudo heading home his sixth goal of the season on 55 minutes.

The first half was a largely forgettable affair in terms of goalmouth incidents, with the best opportunity arriving in the 43rd minute when Tamudo's attempted chip over Dudu Aouate was batted away by the Mallorca goalkeeper.

Sociedad started to take control of the match in the second half, though, and nearly went ahead in the 47th minute when Aouate almost put the ball in his own net in attempting to parry an Antoine Griezmann corner.

Goal gaping

The home side did take the lead 10 minutes after the re-start when Tamudo got on the end of Daniel Estrada's right-wing cross and sent a downward header past Aouate at his near post.

Sociedad really should have been celebrating a bigger win by the end, but Tamudo shot wide before Xabi Prieto, standing near the touchline, curled a shot against the crossbar with the goal gaping after Aouate had raced out to deny David Zurutuza.

Mallorca tried to fight their way back into the game and substitute Akihiro Ienaga brought a save out of Claudio Bravo in the 75th minute.

However, as Mallorca pushed forward in search of late equaliser, Sociedad created two great chances to kill the game off, although both were spurned.

Mikel Aranburu fluffed his attempted lob with only Aouate to beat, before Imanol Agirretxe chipped over from the edge of the box with the goal unguarded after Aouate had ventured forward.

Neither of those misses proved costly, though, and the Segunda Division champions could celebrate a win that could get them dreaming of Europe over the next few months rather than just trying to escape relegation.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18

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