In the stand-out game from La Liga last weekend, Valencia took on Real Betis at the Mestalla. 

Both are in contention to secure the fourth Champions League spot and, with high-flyers Malaga out of the running due to a European ban, this was a clash that had the potential to define both teams' seasons. 

It was Valencia who struck first with a controversial penalty, tucked home by top scorer Roberto Soldado - his 14th La Liga goal of the season.

Valencia controlled the first half and 10-man Betis couldn't find any way back into the game. 

The night then got worse for Pepe Mel's side after a Paulao own goal made it 2-0. 

Jonas piled on the misery for Betis with a curling one past Adrian, although he couldn't celebrate much as that was the last kick of the game and the points were already sealed for Valencia, who came in to the match as the out-of-form La Liga side in the top eight.

Los Che now occupy fifth place in the table, with Real Sociedad just two points ahead and Betis still very much on their tail. 

The race for fourth place remains very interesting.

Elsewhere in Spain, Real Madrid had to come from behind to beat Real Mallorca 5-2.

Barcelona encountered few problems against Rayo Vallecano, who couldn't stop Lionel Messi in a 3-1 defeat.

Real Sociedad recorded a convincing 4-1 win against mid-table Real Valladolid, with Antoine Griezmann continuing his promising career with two goals.

Espanyol defeated Malaga, who may have been suffering from a Champions League hangover following their triumph over Porto, 2-0.

Other results:

Deportivo 3-1 Celta Vigo

Granada 1-1 Levante

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Osasuna

Getafe 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla 4-0 Real Zaragoza


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