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Atletico stays in third after draw with Valencia

Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Atletico Madrid failed to overtake rivals Real Madrid on Sunday as the club was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Valencia.

Real's 1-1 draw at Zaragoza on Saturday meant that Atletico could take over second place with three points on Sunday against Los Che.

But Valencia took the lead inside of five minutes as Jonas netted his ninth goal of the campaign from six yards to give the visitors an early advantage.

However, Radamel Falcao canceled out the opener almost immediately when he got on the other end of a cross from Arda Turan to finish from close range.

The early flurry of activity quickly fizzled out and it wasn't until midway through the second half that either side generated much offensively.

Falcao had another close-range chance saved by goalkeeper Diego Alves, while Raul Garcia narrowly missed with a shot from outside the area for the home side.

The result leaves Atletico one point back of Real Madrid, with Valencia residing in sixth place, but just two points out of a spot in the top four.

Osasuna 3, Valladolid 1

Valladolid, Spain - Kike Sola scored a pair of second-half goals to help Osasuna to a 3-1 win at Valladolid on Sunday, a result that moves the visitors seven points clear of the relegation places.

Osasuna entered the match riding a three-game losing streak and things didn't start well as Valladolid went in front after 11 minutes courtesy of a Ruben Gonzalez own goal.

But Sola started the comeback for Osasuna shortly after halftime when he pounced on a rebound to score the equalizer after Valladolid goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez spilled a shot.

It took 10 minutes for Sola to find the net again with a header before Miguel de las Cuevas put the result away 20 minutes from time when he stole the ball in midfield and coasted in on goal before slotting his shot past the goalkeeper.

Deportivo 3, Mallorca 2

Mallorca, Spain - Deportivo's survival bid got a bit of a boost on Sunday as the club won back-to-back games for the first time all season, defeating Mallorca, 3-2.

The two sides traded first-half goals with Victor Casadesus putting Mallorca on top in the 19th minute before Silvio canceled it out eight minutes later for the visitors.

Carlos Marchena scored on the rebound from six yards early in the second half, putting Deportivo into the lead, and Riki benefited from a fortuitous deflection to easily fire home the third goal of the contest for Depor on the hour mark.

Emilio Nsue managed to pull a goal back for Mallorca in the 86th minute, but Deportivo held out for all three points to move to within four points of safety.

Espanyol 2, Real Sociedad 2

Barcelona, Spain - Real Sociedad may have extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games on Sunday, but the club's 2-2 draw at Espanyol leaves only a one-point gap between Sociedad and Malaga for fourth place in the league table.

Sociedad would have been much happier with three points, but the team should feel a bit fortunate to leave with a point thanks to a 76th-minute own goal from Espanyol's Javi Lopez.

The home side was in front after nine minutes courtesy of Sergio Garcia's goal, while David Zurutuza responded midway through the opening half.

Christian Stuani restored Espanyol's advantage prior to halftime when he finished off a cross from Garcia, only for Lopez to inadvertently net the equalizer for the visiting side as he redirected Antoine Griezmann's cross into his own net.

03/31 17:36:00 ET


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