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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 Real Madrid 12 30
2 Barcelona 12 28
3 Atletico Madrid 12 26
4 Valencia 12 24
5 Sevilla 12 23
6 Malaga 12 21
7 Celta Vigo 12 20
8 Villarreal 12 18
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 12 14
11 Rayo Vallecano 12 14
12 Eibar 12 13
13 Levante 12 12
14 Espanyol 12 11
15 Granada 12 11
16 Real Sociedad 12 10
17 Almeria 12 10
18 Deportivo La Coruna 12 10
19 Elche 12 10
20 Cordoba 12 7

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