Soccer-Vela earns Sociedad a draw, Valencia lose (Reuters)

* Sociedad draw 1-1 at promoted Elche * Valencia lose 3-1 at Espanyol * Giovani, Cani earn Villarreal 2-1 win (Updates with late game, quotes) By Mark Elkington MADRID, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Carlos Vela helped Real Sociedad overcome a European hangover when he grabbed a second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at promoted Elche in La Liga on Saturday. Valencia, expected to challenge Sociedad for a top-four finish next May, lost 3-1 at Espanyol despite having taken an early lead though Helder Postiga. …

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