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Atletico denied second spot by Valencia

By Mark Elkington MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to go second in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by improving Valencia on Sunday. Radamel Falcao cancelled out Jonas's strike, both goals coming in the first six minutes, leaving Diego Simeone's side third with 61 points and nine games left in the season. Atletico are a point behind city rivals and King's Cup final opponents Real Madrid in second, 14 adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Bottom club Deportivo boost survival bid by beating Celta

MADRID (Reuters) - Bottom club Deportivo La Coruna boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation by beating 10-man Celta Vigo 3-1 in the Galician derby on Friday, a first victory in 10 La Liga outings. The two teams were promoted last season but are in serious peril of going straight back down. Depor have 20 points from 28 matches while second from bottom Celta, who have lost six of their last seven games, are on 23, one point behind Real Mallorca who visit second-placed Real Madrid on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Valencia fight back to see off 10-man Deportivo

* Valencia up to fifth after 3-2 comeback win * Levante sixth after beating Valladolid 2-1 (Adds Depor v Valencia result) By Iain Rogers MADRID, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Valencia ended a miserable week on a high when they came from behind to snatch a 3-2 win at struggling 10-man Deportivo La Coruna that lifted them to fifth in La Liga on Saturday.

Soccer-Judge rules Depor can have TV cash, struggling club says

MADRID, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A Spanish court has ruled that Deportivo La Coruna can have access to 9 million euros ($12 million) owed to them by broadcaster Mediapro that was embargoed by the tax authorities, the La Liga club said on Monday. "The judge ... Zulema Castro published a ruling this morning under which the embargo is lifted on Real Club Deportivo regarding the rights Mediapro was obliged to pay in January in the sum of 9 million euros plus VAT," Depor said in a statement on their website (

UPDATE 1-Soccer-New coach Domingos leads Depor to surprise win

* Malaga slump 1-0 at Deportivo * Pizzi gets second-half winner (Updates after Deportivo victory) MADRID, Jan 5 (Reuters) - New Deportivo La Coruna coach Domingos Paciencia made a winning start with a surprise 1-0 home victory over high-flying Malaga in La Liga on Saturday. The former Braga and Sporting boss replaced Jose Luis Oltra at the beginning of the week, taking over a side bottom of the table, and guided them to their third win in 20 games in all competitions this season.
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