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Mina scores in each half as Valencia beats Sociedad

MADRID (AP) Valencia is holding a tight grip on the last qualification spot for the Champions League in Spain.

It kept a safe distance from its closest challengers by defeating Real Sociedad 2-1 Sunday and extending its winning streak to three matches.

Santi Mina scored a goal in each half at Mestalla Stadium to keep Valencia eight points in front of fifth-place Villarreal, which defeated Getafe 1-0 earlier. Sevilla has a chance to move within seven points of Valencia if it wins its home match against second-place Atletico Madrid later Sunday.

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