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Spanish Primera BBVA

Municipal de Riazor (ATT 29,000) 1st June 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: D Fernandez Borbalan

Deportivo Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Sociedad Sociedad


Sociedad 1

A Griezmann (22)
M Bergara (S/O 84)

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Deportivo La Coruna are relegated

Sociedad seal top-four place

Last Updated: 01/06/13 10:36pm

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Antoine Griezmann grabbed the only goal of the game

Antoine Griezmann grabbed the only goal of the game

Real Sociedad edged a tight game at Deportivo La Coruna to secure their place in the Champions League and send their opponents tumbling out of the Primera Division.

Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal for Sociedad, who also had Markel Begara sent off late on, and the win coupled with Valencia's defeat at Sevilla ensured a top-four finish.

Depor had started the day outside of the relegation zone but results went against them on the final day and they finished the season second-bottom in the table.

It was nothing to lose and all to gain for both teams at Riazor and within the first minute Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was tested by Juan Dominguez's right-footed strike.

Carlos Alberto Vela tried his luck for the visitors after six minutes with a shot from 25 yards out, but Depor goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia was equal to the challenge.

Griezmann was the next player to threaten as Sociedad looked to take a stranglehold on the match, but he pushed his shot wide of the right post.

However, the French forward enjoyed greater success after 22 minutes. Imanol Agirretxe dinked his way past several defenders before getting in a shot which was parried by Aranzubia but only as far as Griezmann, who stuck the ball into the bottom left corner.

Sociedad had the ball in the back of the net again after 31 minutes with a similar move which saw Griezmann finish on the rebound after Aranzubia had saved Agirretxe's shot, but this time the Frenchman was offside.

Depor responded with an attempt from Riki to chip Bravo, which forced the keeper to pluck the ball away from the top-right corner.

However, the Griezmann-Agirretxe partnership continued to pose problems at the other end and the former squared the ball to his partner, who deserved better than to spoon the ball over the bar.

Despite Depor's desperate situation, the home side were unable to stamp their mark in the second half and with 20 minutes gone they had only half attempts from Luiz Pizzi and Riki to their name.

They should have been level after 75 minutes, though, as Diogo Salomao headed wide of an empty net with Bravo nowhere in sight, and minutes later Riki saw his header hit the crossbar after a poor clearance from the Sociedad goalkeeper.

Depor needed to win to be sure of staying up and they were given a helping hand six minutes from time when Begara was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Riki.

However, they were unable to capitalise and the final whistle brought scenes of despair among the home players while Sociedad celebrated securing their place among Europe's elite.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 25 24
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18