Valencia, Sociedad even in race for 4th
Real Sociedad came back to win 2-1 at Sevilla and Valencia beat Getafe 1-0 on Saturday as both teams remained locked on points in their fight for a fourth-place finish in the Spanish league.
Sociedad remained ahead of fifth-place Valencia on head-to-head goal difference and in control of Spain's last Champions League spot with two rounds to go.
But Rakitic's own goal when he headed a free kick into his team's net in the 16th leveled the score, and striker Imanol Agirretxe swept in Carlos Martinez's lobbed pass to give Sociedad the lead for good in the 24th with his 13th goal of the season.
Both sides created several chances in the second half, but neither could finish them off.
Sevilla's Jose Antonio Reyes was dismissed after halftime with a direct red card for protesting a decision by the line judge while warming up on the sideline.
Valencia outplayed Getafe throughout but only edged past the hosts thanks to Jeremy Mathieu's first-half goal.
Mathieu scored with a deft volley off a pass from Ever Banega in the 44th, firing the ball into the net from outside the area.
Getafe never threatened to draw at its Alfonso Perez Coliseum, with goalkeeper Miguel Moya saving the hosts from a heavier defeat.
Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde, who after taking over has led the team up the table to challenge for a berth in Europe's top-tier competition, played coy when asked if he was any closer to extending his contract past this season.
"I don't know if I'm going to have a meeting next week (with the club)," Valverde said. "The most important thing now is the game against Granada. If I speak or not with the club could be interesting to the general public, (but) if I consider that transmitting knowledge of it would hurt the team I won't say anything."
Elsewhere, Granada went a long way toward securing its place in the top flight next season by rolling over 10-man Osasuna 3-0 after Brazilian defender Siqueira set up one goal and scored another.
Siqueira passed for unmarked striker Youssef El Arabi to poke the ball under the goalkeeper for Granada's first goal in the 23rd.
He then converted a penalty kick in the "Panenka" chipped style in the 80th after Fernando "Nano" Macedo was sent off when he fouled Yacine Brahimi from behind with only the keeper to beat.
Diego Buonanotte added the hosts' third goal in stoppage time to the delight of the home fans.
Granada stayed undefeated in five consecutive games and rose seven points clear of the relegation zone, while Osasuna was left four points above the drop before three of the four teams below it in the standings play this round.
In the second division on Saturday, Elche earned promotion to the top flight after Alcorcon drew 1-1 at Barcelona B.