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LFP: Erreala inch toward Euro places in win

Reuters and AP, MADRID AND SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

Raul Tamudo scored to earn Real Sociedad a 1-0 home win over Real Mallorca that put them up to eighth in La Liga and within touching distance of the Europa League qualification places on Monday.

Under gusting winds and rain, both teams had difficulties creating clear-cut scoring chances in the first half at Estadio Anoeta.

Tamudo headed in after 56 minutes, giving the promoted Basque club 34 points from 24 matches, level with seventh-placed Sevilla, and three short of sixth-placed Espanyol.

Sociedad was the better team after the restart and Tamudo rose up to head home Daniel Estrada’s cross in the 55th for his third goal in four games.

Xabi Prieto came close to doubling the Basque club’s lead in the 70th when his lob hit the crossbar.

It was Sociedad’s third straight home win and pushed the club to within three points of the Europa League positions.

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