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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: April 26-29 31722883 Making his claim Making+his+claim World

Andrés Guardado and Carlos Vela renewed acquaintances on Sunday with one objective in mind: improve the chances of securing a Champions League place for next season.


Vela and his Sociedad teammates took a substantial step in that direction by notching a 4-2 home victory over Guardado's Valencia side at the Anoeta. The victory left Sociedad five points clear of Los Che and Málaga with five matches left to play. The job isn't done yet, but Vela can at least take some solace that this victory over his fellow Mexican Abroad will boost his side's chances of claiming an improbable spot in Europe's top club competition next season.


The high-profile clash dominated the headlines, but there were other notable events to ponder this weekend. Read on to learn more about the latest developments in the European pushes and relegation battles for other Mexicans Abroad:


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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: April 26-29 31722885 Guillermo Ochoa, GK, AC Ajaccio Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+GK%2C+AC+Ajaccio World

Ajaccio moved four points clear of the relegation zone with four matches to play after a 2-1 home victory over defending champions Montpellier on Saturday. Dennis Oliech claimed the crucial goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to secure a precious victory for the Corsicans. Ochoa made one save in a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men during the second half.


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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: April 26-29 31722880 Javier Hernandez, F, Manchester United Javier+Hernandez%2C+F%2C+Manchester+United World

Chicharito made a brief cameo in United's first match as Barclays Premier League champions. The frequent substitute replaced Wayne Rooney for the final two minutes of United's 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. The potential summer transfer target will hope to earn more playing time over the next few weeks in a bid to place himself in the shop window.


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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: April 26-29 31722882 Giovani dos Santos, M, Mallorca Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+M%2C+Mallorca World

Mallorca returned to the bottom of the La Liga table after a last-gasp 3-2 defeat at Real Zaragoza on Saturday. Ruben Rochina struck two minutes from time to dash Mallorca's hopes of garnering a precious point in its bid to stave off relegation. The defeat leaves dos Santos – after yet another 90-minute display – and his teammates three points from safety with five matches to play.


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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: April 26-29 31722884 Andres Guardado, D/M, Valencia Andres+Guardado%2C+D%2FM%2C+Valencia World

Sociedad claimed a critical 4-2 home victory over Los Che on Sunday to boost its chances of claiming a Champions League place. Roberto Soldado opened the scoring after 25 minutes for the visitors, but Sociedad scored the next three goals to apparently secure the points. Jonas set up a grandstand finish with his 90th minute goal before Imanol Agirretxe scored his second deep into second half stoppage time to settle the affair.


Ex-Mexican national team teammate Carlos Vela featured for the duration of the encounter and nearly drew a penalty in the first half, while Guardado climbed off the bench for the final quarter of an hour as Valencia chased the game.


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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: April 26-29 31724581 Hector Moreno, D, Espanyol Hector+Moreno%2C+D%2C+Espanyol World

Moreno and his teammates appear unlikely to sustain a European push after falling 1-0 to Granada on Sunday. Nolito separated the sides with a deft free kick eight minutes before the interval. The defeat kept Javier Aguirre's side comfortably marooned in mid-table with five matches left to play.


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