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Osasuna beats Getafe to edge away from league's drop zone

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The Canadian Press
2/9/2014 1:19:33 PM
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Osasuna beat Getafe 2-0 at home on Sunday to move four points clear of the Spanish league's relegation zone, while substitute Humberto Osorio scored twice as Valladolid came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Elche.

Also, Real Sociedad was held 0-0 at its Anoeta Stadium by Levante and the inspired form of its goalkeeper, Keylor Navas.

Osasuna's Oriol Riera opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Francisco Silva spotted his run behind Getafe's disjointed defence with a long pass that the striker expertly used one touch to lift over goalkeeper Miguel Moya.

Roberto Torres capped the win in Pamplona on the break with two minutes to play.

The closest Getafe came to scoring was Angel Lafita's header off the upright in the 34th as it remained winless in eight rounds.

Elche went ahead on the waterlogged pitch at Valladolid's Jose Zorilla Stadium through goals by Ferran "Coro" Corominas in the 34th and Manuel del Moral in the 66th.

Valladolid coach Juan Ignacio Martinez sent on Osorio in the 69th and the forward responded by scoring in the 71st and 78th.

Valladolid's comeback was undermined when newcomer Jeffren Suarez, recently arrived from Sporting Lisbon, was injured with 10 minutes to play and his team had no substitutions to make.

The draw left Valladolid in the drop zone, three points from safety.

Levante 'keeper Navas denied Sociedad forwards Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann on two occasions each in the first half before stretching to palm Gonzalo Castro's shot over his bar in the 69th.

Sociedad stayed in sixth place. It hosts Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals on Tuesday looking to overturn its 2-0 loss in the first leg.

"We did enough to win, but Levante's defensive discipline was too much," Sociedad midfielder Markel Bergara said. "Now we have to think about Barcelona. We know it will be tough, but we will give it our all."

Later Sunday, Barcelona visits Sevilla looking for a win that would take the defending champions into a three-way tie for the league lead with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Oriol Riera (Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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