MADRID — Real Sociedad's hopes of returning to the Champions League next season took a hit on Monday after it fell 3-2 at home to bottom-table Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league.
Sociedad slipped eight points behind fourth-place Athletic Bilbao, which holds the final qualifying place for Europe's top-tier event. Rayo, meanwhile, is only one point from salvation after Ruben Rochina smashed a rising shot while on the run into goal for the 67th-minute winner.
Sociedad twice took the lead, in the opening instances through Inigo Martinez and then Ruben Pardo after the restart, but on both occasions the visitors equalized within minutes through Joaquin Larrivey and Alberto Bueno, respectively.
Elsewhere, Malaga also enhanced its hopes of surviving the drop after securing a 2-0 win away to Osasuna.