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LA LIGA: Real held at Espanyol, hand title to Barcelona

Reuters, MADRID

Dudu Aouate gave the Islanders hope by saving Aduriz’s penalty, only for substitute Fernando Llorente to double the hosts’ lead with a close-range volley in the 79th minute.

Mallorca’s talented playmaker Giovani dos Santos put them back in the game with a superb free-kick into the top corner two minutes later.

Gregorio Manzano’s team were then reduced to nine men when defender Ximo Navarro was sent off, but Dos Santos almost forced an equalizer in stoppage-time, before the locals could breathe a sigh of relief.

Bilbao, last season’s Europa League and Copa del Rey finalists, have all but mathematically assured their top-flight status in 14th with 41 points.

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