May 18, 2013 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Sevilla
1-2
Real Sociedad
Rakitic (10')
Kondogbia (15'), Navarro (41'), Alberto (63'), Babacar Diawara (90')
Antonio Reyes (57')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Rakitic (16' og.), Agirretxe (24')
Vela (19'), Agirretxe (55'), Cadamuro (78')

Result: Real Sociedad earn win in Champions League quest

Real Sociedad's Xabi Prieto is congratulated by Carlos Vela following his penalty against Real Madrid on January 6, 2013
© AP Photos
Real Sociedad move above Valenica in the La Liga table into the Champions League qualification places as they beat Sevilla.

Real Sociedad earned three vital points in their pursuit of Champions League football as they beat Sevilla 2-1 in La Liga.

The home side took the lead from a corner as they played the ball in short and Geoffrey Kondogbia turned his man and found Ivan Rakitic in the penalty area who slide the ball into the net from close range.

However, Sociedad were level in just minutes as Rakitic headed the ball into the his own net as he looped the ball over Beto from a free kick from Xabi Prieto.

The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute when Carlos Martinez cut inside on the right and lifted a dangerous ball into the area where Imanol Aggiritxe was there to fire into the bottom corner on the volley.

Alvaro Negredo went close for Sevilla before the break while Aggiritxe tested the handling of Beto, but Real maintained their lead at half time.

Negredo was again in the action early in the second half but he couldn't find a way past Claudio Bravo with headed efforts as the visitors backline held firm.

The hosts thought that they had found a way through when Gary Medel was played in behind the Sociedad defence by Diego Perotti, but before he could pull the trigger he was flagged for offside.

This decision incensed the Sevilla substitutes as they rushed over to the linesman. Jose Antonio Reyes's protest was deemed too strong by referee Alfonso Izqueirdo, who showed the forward a red card.

The home side kept pushing for an equaliser while Sociedad looked to hit them on the break but neither side could add a further goal, as the visitors earned precious three points in their Champions League qualification quest.

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1Real Madrid123530
2Barcelona122428
3Atletico Madrid121126
4Valencia111424
5Sevilla12323
6Malaga12321
7Celta Vigo11620
8Villarreal11215
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16Granada11-1110
17Almeria11-59
18Elche11-129
19Levante11-189
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