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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad - May 24-28 31781383 Final push Final+push World

The fate of several Mexicans abroad will come down to the final day in Spain. Valencia midfielder Andrés Guardado and Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela will spend the week preparing to tussle for the final Champions League place. Mallorca midfielder Giovani dos Santos somehow took his side to the final day without dropping out of the division, but he and his teammates need a miracle to retain their La Liga place for another season.

 

Resolution will come on Saturday, but the events of this past weekend set the stage for a dramatic denouement to the Spanish season. Read on to learn more about the battle against the drop and the push for Europe.
 

 

Kyle McCarthy
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad - May 24-28 31781362 Andrés Guardado, D/M, Valencia Andr%26eacute%3Bs+Guardado%2C+D%2FM%2C+Valencia World

Los Che claimed the inside track for the fourth and final Champions League place with a 1-0 home victory over Granada on Sunday. Roberto Soldado decided the match shortly before the hour to snatch the points in an otherwise lackluster affair. The triumph means Valencia can seal yet another Champions League berth – and the much-needed infusion of capital associated with it – with a win at Sevilla on Saturday.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad - May 24-28 31781360 Carlos Vela, W/F, Real Sociedad Carlos+Vela%2C+W%2FF%2C+Real+Sociedad World

Xabi Prieto bundled home with the last meaningful kick of the game to hand Sociedad a 3-3 home draw with Real Madrid on Sunday. Prieto's late intervention capped a frantic game in which Sociedad – stripped of Vela's services due to yellow card accumulation – fell behind by two goals, equalized, and then nearly succumbed to Sami Khedira's presumed winner 10 minutes from time.

 

The point could prove precious in the final accounting, though. If Sociedad defeats Deportivo La Coruña and Valencia fails to win at Sevilla, then Sociedad will secure a Champions League place for next season.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad - May 24-28 31781363 Giovani dos Santos, M, Mallorca Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+M%2C+Mallorca World

Mallorca improbably staved off relegation for another week with a 0-0 draw at Spanish Cup winners Atlético Madrid on Sunday. Atlético failed to hit its expected heights after an emotional victory over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final last weekend, but Mallorca stumbled in its attempts to collect a critical victory to aid its battle against the drop.

 

Dos Santos and his teammates must now defeat Real Valladolid on Saturday and hope Deportivo La Coruña, Celta de Vigo and Real Zaragoza lose on the final day to retain their place in La Liga next season.
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad - May 24-28 31781364 Javier Aquino, M/W, Villarreal Javier+Aquino%2C+M%2FW%2C+Villarreal World

Villarreal moved level on points with second-placed Almería after a 3-2 victory over Xerez on Monday. Aquino exited four minutes halftime in an apparent tactical shift prompted by Hector Canteros' dismissal four minutes earlier. Ikechukwu Uche scored a minute before full time to hand Villarreal the full complement of points at El Madrigal.

 

Aquino and his teammates have already secured a place in the promotion playoffs, but they will strive to book a direct place in La Liga next season over the final two matches of the campaign.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad - May 24-28 31781361 Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Ajaccio Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+GK%2C+Ajaccio World

Ochoa presumably ended his Ajaccio career with a 2-0 defeat at Nice on Sunday. The home side claimed a place in the Europa League next season courtesy of second half goals from Darío Cvitanich and Éric Bautheac. The setback likely marked the last game for Ochoa with his Corsican teammates with several European sides interested in his services for next season.

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