A solitary goal by Carlos Vela allowed Real Sociedad to take all three points at home to Valladolid and get back to winning ways after their agonising defeat at Almeria, but the result leaves Juan Ignacio Martinez's side languishing in the relegation zone. The former Arsenal forward struck midway through the first half with a smart finish, punishing the visitors for having more of the ball but failing to create chances.
Martinez's side got more sights of goal in the second half but were unable to take advantage, slumping to a second consecutive defeat that keeps them second bottom of the Primera Division. Jagoba Arrasate's side meanwhile stay sixth in the table, cutting the gap between themselves and Athletic Bilbao in fourth to seven points.
Jeremy Perbet's early strike proved sufficient to earn Villarreal all the points from their trip to relegation-threatened Getafe. Perbet fired home in the fifth minute as the visitors ended a run of four matches without a win to reignite their faltering push for the European berths.
The 1-0 reverse leaves Getafe coach Cosmin Contra still searching for his first win since taking charge a fortnight ago.
Almeria and Valencia draw, Betis finally win on road
Valencia's bid to force their way into the European reckoning suffered a blow as they squandered a 2-0 lead away to relegation-battling Almeria. Valencia led just nine seconds into the match through Seydou Keita and were 2-0 up when Eduardo Vargas found the net ten minutes before half-time.
But Almeria replied with two goals in as many minutes early in the second half with Oscar Diaz and Corona bringing them level for a crucial point.
Real Betis' first away win of the Primera Division season offered further proof they could yet make an unlikely run at survival as Levante were beaten 3-1 in Valencia. Second-half goals from Jorge Molina and Ruben Castro secured a first away win in the league for almost a year. Salva Sevilla and Papakouli Diop had traded first-half goals.
Betis had seemed destined for relegation at the start of the month, following a run of six defeats in seven, but they have enjoyed a profitable March to revive ambitions. While Gabriel Calderon's side are still seven points adrift of safety, victory at Levante at least offers hope that any late push will not rely solely on their form at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.