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Spanish Primera BBVA

Nuevo Jose Zorilla Stadium (ATT 22,000) 11th May 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

Valladolid Real Valladolid vs Deportivo La Coruna Deportivo

Valladolid 1

J Guerra (48)


Valladolid secure safety

Last Updated: 11/05/13 7:38pm

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Javi Guerra (l): Scored the vital goal for Valladolid

Javi Guerra (l): Scored the vital goal for Valladolid

Valladolid guaranteed survival in the Primera Division for another season after beating Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 at the Jose Zorilla stadium.

Javi Guerra struck three minutes into the second half to score the only goal of the game and take his team onto 43 points, 11 ahead of the Galicians, who still occupy the final relegation spot.

The game was a tight affair from start to finish, with neither side taking many risks and few openings appearing.

After a first half of no clear chances, the home side made the decisive breakthrough four minutes into the second period.

Patrick Ebert swung in a corner into the six-yard box and Guerra showed great technique to backheel the ball into the net.

Despite Deportivo needing a win to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, Fernando Vazquez's side showed little attacking ambition and managed just two further attempts on goal.

Pizzi sent in a dangerous low cross into the area that just evaded Riki and Nelson Oliveira, while Valladolid goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez tipped away a shot from Bruno Gama that was heading for the top corner.

Depor had the ball in the net with nine minutes remaining as Oliveira stabbed home from two yards out, but the effort was ruled offside.

As the final whistle blew Valladolid coach Miroslav Djukic and his staff ran onto the pitch to embrace the players on securing survival, 11 months after getting back into the top flight via the play-offs.

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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