Valladolid a step away from La Liga

Real Valladolid look set to end their four-year hiatus from Spain’s top-flight after taking a commanding three-goal lead in the promotion playoff final.

The Blanquivioletas secured a 3-0 victory away to Numancia to follow up their semi-final elimination of Sporting Gijon, as a first return to La Liga since 2014 looks all but guaranteed.

Central defender Kiko Olivas headed home the opener nine minutes before the break at Estadio Los Pajaritos before full-back Pablo Hervias doubled the lead in the 58th minute from a free-kick.

Oscar Plano added a third nine minutes later as Valladolid put one foot into Spain’s top flight and left Numancia needing a minor miracle ahead of Saturday’s second leg.

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