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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 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 34 69
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 34 47
9 Espanyol 35 46
10 Celta Vigo 34 45
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 34 37
14 Getafe 34 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Eibar 34 31
17 Almeria 34 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 34 25
20 Cordoba 35 20