Depor move into second
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The visitors took the lead after 15 minutes in the Riazor thanks to splendid effort from Turkish international Nihat.
Depor drew level thanks to a blunder from former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld, who let Juan Capdevila's powerful free-kick go straight through him three minutes before the break.
Sociedad had an instant chance to reply when they where handed an extremely generous penalty but Darko Kovacevic slammed the spot-kick against the bar.
Javier Irureta's side them dominated the second period and skipper Fran (pictured) sealed the game with his deflected shot from the edge of the box with seven minutes left to send Depor into second on goal difference, six points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Recreativo Huelva still have a chance of survival in La Liga thanks to a 1-0 win away at Valladolid.
Raul Molina grabbed what turned out to be the winner after 21 minutes that lifts Recreativo off the foot of the table and still in with a shout of dragging themselves out of the drop zone.
Recreativo are now unbeaten in their last six games, with three victories that could be helping them to a miraculous escape from trouble.
Alaves stay in the bottom three after a goalless draw at home to Mallorca but Osasuna find themselves in real trouble after defeat against Malaga.
Marcelo Romero grabbed the only goal of the game for Joaquin Peiro's men who move further away from trouble, although Osasuna are only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Athletic Bilbao also moved clear of danger after a single goal was enough to give them a home win over Atletico Madrid.
Santiago Ezquerro grabbed a dramatic late winner for the hosts just seven minutes from time to dent Atletico's European hopes, as Cosmin Contra added insult to injury by receiving his marching orders a minute from time.
Francisco Javi Guerrero's penalty three minutes from time was enough for Racing Santander to see-off Sevilla and also give them a little breathing space, two points away from danger.
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