Eibar deny So­ciedad at death

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Real So­ciedad missed the chance to leapfrog Atletico Madrid into fourth in La Liga as Pe­dro Leon’s 93rd-minute equaliser snatched a 2-2 draw for Eibar in a con­tro­ver­sial Basque derby on Tues­day.

Juanmi’s header opened the scor­ing for So­ciedad, but he was booked for show­ing a t-shirt hon­our­ing Pablo Raez.

Raez, who like Juanmi is from Malaga, re­cently died at the age of just 20 from leukaemia and was fa­mous for his fundrais­ing cam­paigns via so­cial me­dia.

Gon­zalo Es­calante headed Eibar level be­fore half-time be­fore ref­eree Al­berto Un­di­ano Mal­lenco took cen­tre stage early in the sec­ond half.

Firstly he harshly sent off Eibar’s Flo­rian Leje­une for two book­able of­fences.

And Juanmi’s first book­ing came back to haunt him as he was also dis­missed shortly af­ter for a sec­ond yel­low card.

Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was also sent to the stands af­ter Car­los Vela con­verted a soft penalty to put So­ciedad back in front.

How­ever, Eibar main­tained their own push for Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion when Leon’s low drive squeezed un­der Geron­imo Rulli with the last kick of the game to move them level with six­th­placed Vil­lar­real on 39 points.

So­ciedad are tied with Atletico on 45 points but Diego Sime­one’s men have a game in hand, away to De­portivo la Coruna to­day.


Real So­ciedad's Juanmi (left) cel­e­brates with team­mate Mikel Oyarz­a­bal af­ter scor­ing against Eibar on Tues­day.

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