May 18, 2014 at 11am UK at ​Estadio Anoeta
Real Sociedad
1-2
Villarreal
Vela (90')
Bergara (69'), Granero (87')
FT(HT: 0-1)
dos Santos (26'), Uche (70')
Jokic (44'), Musacchio (61'), Costa (89')

Result: Villarreal claim final Europa League spot with win over Real Sociedad

Villarreal's Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Valencia CF at the El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on October 27, 2013
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Villarreal claim the final Europa League spot in La Liga with a 2-1 victory at rivals Real Sociedad.

Villarreal have clinched the final Europa League spot in La Liga with a 2-1 win at rivals Real Sociedad.

Marcelino Garcia Toral's side started the day three points behind Sociedad, but goals from Giovani dos Santos and Ikechukwu Uche saw them pip their opponents to sixth place in the table thanks to a better head-to-head record.

Dos Santos opened the scoring on 26 minutes when his low effort from outside of the penalty area went in off the post.

Sociedad had a glorious chance to equalise in first-half stoppage time, but Markel Bergara could only flash his shot inches wide after working himself some space in the box.

The hosts came close again on 55 minutes when Antoine Griezmann rose highest to direct a header towards goal that was clawed away by goalkeeper Juan Carlos.

Villarreal punished those missed opportunities with 20 minutes left on the clock as Uche converted from close range following Dos Santos's assist.

Carlos Vela netted his 17th goal of the season to reduce the deficit for Sociedad deep in injury time, though it was not enough to stop the visitors claiming the points.

Villarreal's Ikechukwu Uche celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Almeria during their La Liga match on January 19, 2014
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