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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31741464 Prime objective Prime+objective World

Mexico international winger Javier Aquino joined former Champions League semifinalists Villarreal in January with one goal in mind: securing a place in La Liga next season. The objective remains in sight, but the Yellow Submarine hasn't guaranteed its return to the top flight just yet. A recent poor patch – one win in the past four matches – has left Villarreal five points behind in the race for an automatic promotion spot. It now looks like Aquino will end his season as he would have with former side Cruz Azul: battling for success in the playoffs.

 

Aquino's return from an ankle injury grabbed much of the attention this weekend in the Mexicans Abroad sphere. Read on to learn more about the latest developments in the European chases and the relegation tussles affecting other players in Europe.
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31736729 Javier Aquino, M, Villarreal Javier+Aquino%2C+M%2C+Villarreal World

Champions-in-waiting Elche harmed Villarreal's chances of automatic promotion by claiming a 3-2 victory at El Madrigal on Sunday. Second-half substitute Ángel decided this frenetic affair when he struck four minutes from time to hand the visitors all three points. Aquino returned from an ankle injury and played for the entire affair against a side already destined for La Liga next season.

 

The Yellow Submarine would like to join Elche in the top flight, but it faces an uphill battle to do so automatically. Villarreal must close a five-point gap with second-place Girona in the final five matches in order to avoid the playoffs.
 

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31736731 Giovani dos Santos, M, Mallorca Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+M%2C+Mallorca World

Mallorca spurned a chance to climb off the bottom of the table by settling for a 1-1 home draw with Levante on Sunday. Tomer Hemed handed Mallorca the perfect start when he thrashed past Keylor Navas after just seven minutes.

 

Robert Acquafresca replied three minutes before halftime to equalize with Levante's only shot on goal during the match. Dos Santos and his teammates pressed forward in the second half, but they failed to engineer the winner. Mallorca now rests five points from safety (including the inferior goal difference) with four matches to play.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31736730 Andres Guardado, M, Valencia Andres+Guardado%2C+M%2C+Valencia World

Guardado and his Valencia teammates aided Giovani dos Santos' fight against relegation by brushing aside Osasuna 4-0 at the Mestalla on Friday. Four different players – including Roberto Soldado with the first six minutes before halftime and Jonas from the spot in second-half stoppage time – scored for Los Che to romp to a straightforward victory.

 

Guardado featured for the entire affair as his side placed itself in position to benefit from Sociedad's misstep at Getafe on Monday. Los Che must overcome a two-point deficit to Sociedad over the final four matches to seal yet another Champions League berth.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31736734 Guillermo Ochoa, GK, AC Ajaccio Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+GK%2C+AC+Ajaccio World

Ajaccio moved five points clear of the drop zone with three matches to play after a 1-1 draw at Stade de Reims on Saturday. Adrian Mutu opened the scoring for the visitors after 24 minutes, but Aissa Mandi equalized 12 minutes later to fuel Reims' search for maximum points. Ochoa produced seven saves – including a couple of critical stops in the second half – to preserve a valuable point for his side as it attempts to protect its Ligue 1 place.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31736732 Carlos Vela, F, Real Sociedad Carlos+Vela%2C+F%2C+Real+Sociedad World

Sociedad loosened its grip on the fourth and final Champions League place with a 2-1 away defeat to Getafe on Monday. Vela opened the scoring with a diving header after just four minutes, but Getafe responded through Pedro León and Abdel Barrada before halftime to grab the points. Sociedad now sits just two points ahead of fifth-placed Valencia with four matches left to play.

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World 2018 43 Mexicans Abroad: May 3-6 31736728 Hector Moreno, D, Espanyol Hector+Moreno%2C+D%2C+Espanyol World

Sevilla confirmed Espanyol's mid-table obscurity with a 3-0 victory at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday. The home side scored three times in the first 23 minutes – including yet another goal from Alvaro Negredo to complete the early exchanges – to dash any hopes of a result for the visitors. Moreno featured for the duration of the affair as the Barcelona-based side slipped to a second straight defeat.

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