Spanish League: Valencia beat Sociedad 2-1
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Spanish League: Valencia beat Sociedad 2-1

Mario Regueiro scored two late goals and Valencia rallied to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 17:13 IST

Mario Regueiro scored two late goals and Valencia rallied to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday, reclaiming second place in the Spanish league.

Regueiro struck in the 69th and 78th minutes to overcome striker Morten Skoubo's goal 12 seconds after the opening kickoff at Sociedad's Anoeta stadium.

Valencia, attempting to win their third title in five seasons, climbed back within six points of leader FC Barcelona by extending their unbeaten streak to 13 games.

In another 24th-round game on Sunday, Savo Milosevic, David Lopez and Raul Garcia scored to give Osasuna a 3-1 victory at struggling Cadiz.

Other results were Deportivo La Coruna 1, Zaragoza 1; Racing Santander 0, Athletic Bilbao 1; Malaga 0, Mallorca 2; and Getafe 0, Atletico Madrid 3.

Barcelona lead the league with 55 points, while Valencia have 49, Real Madrid 48 and Osasuna 46.

On Saturday, it was Barcelona 5, Real Betis 1; Real Madrid 3, Alaves 0; Villarreal 4, Espanyol 0; and Sevilla 1, Celta Vigo 0. Valencia fell behind by allowing Skoubo to score with a curling shot from just outside the penalty area.

Regueiro tallied Valencia's equalizer from a narrow angle in the 69th minute and then the Uruguayan left winger took advantage of midfielder Gorka Larrea's poor back pass to round goalkeeper Asier Riesgo for the second.

Osasuna also had to rally after Lucas Lobos gave Cadiz a 15th-minute lead from a free kick at their Ramon de Carranza stadium.

Milosevic equalized 20 minutes later with his third goal in three matches, a glancing header from Ludovic Delporte's cross. Lopez's low, curling free kick from just outside the penalty area gave the visitors the lead three minutes later.

Cadiz was reduced to 10 men in the 76th when forward Alexandre Medina was ejected, and substitute Garcia scored Osasuna's third goal from long range 13 minutes later.

Deportivo rallied on forward Pedro Munitis' equalizing with a free kick in the 55th, but still saw its home winless streak at Riazor stadium extend to five games.

Zaragoza, who eliminated Madrid on Tuesday to reach the Copa del Rey final, took the lead on Diego Milito's header, his 12th goal of the season.

Deportivo's hopes of a late winner were dashed when defender Fabricio Coloccini was ejected in the 82nd for elbowing Zaragoza striker Sergio Garcia.

Substitute Ismael Urzaiz scored in the 86th at Santander's El Sardinero stadium to lead Bilbao to victory and move it to 15th place— out of the relegation zone.

Santander defender Jose Moraton was ejected in injury time. Mallorca climbed off the bottom of the standings by beating Malaga, who replaced it in last.

Leonardo Pisculichi and Alejandro Campano scored second-half goals to earn a victory for coach Gregorio Manzano, who returned for his second spell on Wednesday following Hector Cuper's resignation.

Mallorca defender Eduardo Tuzzio was sent off just before time. Atletico won on their visit to neighbor Getafe and won their fifth straight.

Peter Luccin opened the scoring in the 29th minute, with Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres adding goals in the second half.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 17:13 IST