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Benito Villamarin (ATT 20,600) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: M Ayza Gamez

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Last Updated: 26/04/14 11:36pm

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Carlos Vela: Netted the only goal

Carlos Vela: Netted the only goal

Real Sociedad booked their place in the Europa League for next season as they rubbed in the misery for Real Betis, who learned of their relegation before kick-off.

Getafe's 1-0 win over Malaga earlier in the afternoon had sealed their fate, leaving this match to be played out in a subdued atmosphere at the Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera as Betis fell to a 23rd defeat of a miserable season, losing 1-0.

Sociedad were hardly at their best, but did enough to take advantage thanks to Carlos Vela's penalty early in the second half. The win puts them 12 points clear of Valencia, who have four games remaining but lose out to Sociedad on the head-to-head record.

With the pressure off, Betis began brightly as Juanfran Moreno and Ruben Castro each had early efforts, although they did little to test the goalkeeper.

Sociedad were hardly much better, with a Vela shot which sailed over all they managed before the break.

The best chance of the first half came just before the half-hour mark, falling to the hosts, but Damien Perquis' header was blocked by Mikel Gonzalez after a corner.

If Betis had shaded the opening 45 minutes, their usual luck kicked in at the start of the second half, with Juan Carlos Perez Lopez conceding a penalty which Vela comfortably stroked home.

Antonio Griezmann might have doubled their advantage in the 54th minute only to see his shot come back off the upright, while Betis continued to push with Francisco Chica and Braian Rodriguez having sights of goal.

Their best chance of an equaliser came in the 77th minute when Ruben Castro drilled a low shot at goal, but Claudio Bravo made a fine stop to push it away, and then got in position to block another shot from Castro moments later.

From there, time ebbed away until the referee signalled the official start of Betis fans' mourning.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20