Gary Neville's future as Valencia manager hung in the balance after his side were beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers Real Betis, suffering a fourth league defeat in nine matches.
Ruben Castro scored the only goal of the game on 49 minutes by pouncing on more slack defending from Valencia, who had Jose Luis Gaya sent off with five minutes remaining and then had a headed goal from Shkrodan Mustafi ruled out in stoppage time.
Neville's side are now just four points above the relegation zone, only five points...
Real Betis have signed Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Damiao, 26, has a chance to get his career back on track in Spain after having struggled for form through recent seasons while playing for Brazilian clubs Internacional, Santos and Cruzeiro.
Damiao left Santos after claiming he was owed salaries. The player took his fight to the courts but eventually reached a deal to be released by the club.
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Real Betis have taken Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya on loan until the end of the season, after a loan spell at Inter Milan did not work out during the first half of 2015-16.
Montoya, 24, was surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou last summer, and made just three Serie A appearances for the San Siro club, but now joins relegation threatened Betis for the next six months.
The former Spain under-23 international had completed a medical in Seville over the weekend, and the move was confirmed...
Real Sociedad recorded only their second win in nine games to climb above Real Betis in the Primera Division table.
Firm first-half headers from Xabi Prieto and Inigo Martinez put Sociedad in control and they ran out 2-1 winners, with Betis' solitary response coming from their top scorer Ruben Castro.
The victory saw Sociedad leapfrog Betis into 13th place and went some way to erasing memories of their 5-1 thrashing at Sporting Gijon eight days earlier.
Betis' confidence levels had been raised by holding...