Real Sociedad vs. Valencia vs. Malaga vs. Real Betis: La Liga's Race for 4th

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Real Sociedad vs. Valencia vs. Malaga vs. Real Betis: La Liga's Race for 4th
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After 90 minutes of hard work against Valencia at Anoeta two weeks ago, Real Sociedad have contrived to undo that good in 180 minutes of inconsistency since.

Granada stung them with a last-minute equalizer Monday night, while they came undone at Getafe the previous Monday, losing 2-1 despite taking the lead.

On the other hand, Los Che's defeat in San Sebastian has spurred them to produce 180 minutes of liquid football, picking up back-to-back 4-0 wins.

La Real, with three games left, still have the edge over Valencia, but it is only their head-to-head record against them that keeps them in fourth place now—the final Champions League spot.

# Team Played Points
4 Real Sociedad 35 59
5 Valencia 35 59
6 Malaga 36 54
7 Real Betis 35 52

Five points back are Malaga, who have one game less left and now only remain in the battle for fourth courtesy of mathematics—the same applies for Real Betis.

Let's take a look at what's to come in the battle for the pot of gold at the bottom of the Champions League rainbow.

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