Comeback win lifts Valencia to second
MADRID, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Two goals from Mario Regueiro secured Valencia a 2-1 comeback victory at Real Sociedad in the Primera Liga on Sunday and put them back in second place.
Valencia have 49 points, six behind leaders Barcelona who hammered Real Betis 5-1 in the Nou Camp on Saturday.
Third-placed Real Madrid have 48 points following their comfortable 3-0 home win over Alaves.
Sociedad's Danish striker Morten Skoubo scored inside the first minute but Quique Sanchez Flores's side dominated from there on.
Uruguayan winger Regueiro equalised in the 69th and nine minutes later profited from an error to score the winner, extending Valencia's unbeaten run to 13 games.
Osasuna kept pace with the leaders in fourth place on 46 points after recovering to beat struggling Cadiz 3-1 away.
Cadiz's Argentine forward Lucas Lobos, in his first start for the club, chipped a free kick over the wall for the opening goal after 15 minutes and Osasuna struck back before the break.
Serbia & Montenegro striker Savo Milosevic looped a header into the far corner in the 35th minute and two minutes later David Lopez curled a free kick round the wall for the second.
After Cadiz's Alexander Medina had been sent off with 14 minutes to go Osasuna midfielder Raul Garcia let fly from 20 metres to seal the points.
Real Mallorca's new coach Gregorio Manzano earned a 2-0 away win over fellow strugglers Malaga on his debut, and dragged the islanders off the foot of the table with their first win in 10 outings.
Mallorca climbed to 18th on 22 points, as Betis slipped to 19th on goal difference, and Malaga went bottom with 20.
Real Sociedad stunned Valencia with a goal inside a minute when a long ball out of defence was flicked on to Skoubo on the edge of the area.
The Danish striker controlled the ball and thumped a half-volley high into the net past a surprised Santiago Canizares.
Valencia recovered their composure and took control but a Rufete shot against the post in the 19th minute was the best they could muster until Regueiro pulled them level.
The winger raced to the goalline in the 69th minute but instead of crossing caught out keeper Asier Riesgo at his near post with a swerving shot.
Nine minutes later a poor back pass from Sociedad's Gorka Larrea allowed Regueiro to round the keeper for the second.