Atletico pay the penalty in So­ciedad de­feat

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Atletico Madrid’s La Liga ti­tle hopes suf­fered an­other se­ri­ous set­back as two Real So­ciedad penal­ties in­flicted a 2-0 de­feat on the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal­ists yes­ter­day.

Car­los Vela opened the scor­ing nine min­utes into the sec­ond-half be­fore hand­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties from the spot to Wil­lian Jose to seal So­ciedad’s third straight win 15 min­utes from time.

A sec­ond league de­feat in three games means Atletico re­main three points be­hind league lead­ers Real Madrid, but their city ri­vals can ex­tend that ad­van­tage to six when they host Le­ganes on Sun­day.

Atletico host Real in a re­match of the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break on Novem­ber 19. Diego Sime­one’s men had sealed their place in the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day with a stop­page time vic­tory over FC Ros­tov, but suf­fered a Euro­pean han­gover in an in­sipid dis­play lack­ing in en­ergy and in­ven­tion. So­ciedad dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the open­ing 20 min­utes, but it was Atletico who had the best chance be­fore half-time when Kevin Gameiro was played in by Yan­nick Car­rasco and was un­for­tu­nate to see his chip over Geron­imo Rulli come back off the post. A tight game swung de­ci­sively So­ciedad’s way when left-back Yuri burst into the box just af­ter the break and was up­ended by Atletico cap­tain Gabi.

Vela stepped up to coolly sent Jan Oblak the wrong way for his fourth goal of the sea­son. The Mex­i­can blasted a great chance to seal the win over as So­ciedad threat­ened to pick Atletico off on the counter-at­tack.

How­ever, Vela was key for the sec­ond goal as he led an­other break and was chopped down by An­gel Cor­rea. Jose also sent the help­less Oblak the wrong way from the spot to move So­ciedad to within two points of Atletico in sixth.

At the other end of the ta­ble, Granada re­main rooted to the bot­tom and with­out a win this sea­son af­ter a 1-1 draw at home to De­portivo la Coruna.

Florin An­done handed the vis­i­tors the lead, but an own goal from De­portivo ‘keeper Prze­mys­law Ty­ton sal­vaged a point for Granada nine min­utes from time. —AFP

MU­NICH: Bay­ern’s Dou­glas Costa, right, con­trols the ball be­sides Hof­fen­heim’s Kerem Demir­bay dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween FC Bay­ern Mu­nich and TSG 1899 Hof­fen­heim at the Al­lianz Arena sta­dium in Mu­nich, Ger­many, yes­ter­day. — AP

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