Real So­ciedad beat Atletico to move near the lead­ers in Spain

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Real So­ciedad be­came the lat­est team to join the tight ti­tle race in Spain.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of two se­cond-half penalty kicks, Real So­ciedad de­feated Atletico Madrid 2-0 yes­ter­day so that six teams are sep­a­rated by only five points atop La Liga.

For­ward Car­los Vela con­verted a 54th-minute penalty and striker Wil­lian Jose scored from the spot in the 75th to give Real So­ciedad its fourth win in five matches, and the fourth con­sec­u­tive win at home.

Leader Real Madrid hosts Le­ganes to­day, and sec­ond­place Barcelona plays at fourth­place Sevilla.

It was the se­cond loss in three league games for Atletico, which had been held score­less only twice be­fore Satur­day's game.

Atletico had the league lead un­til a 1-0 loss at Sevilla two rounds ago, a re­sult that dropped Diego Si­mone's team to fifth place. It re­bounded with a 4-2 over Malaga in the last round, but missed a chance to join Madrid atop the stand­ings af­ter its loss on Satur­day.

For­ward Kevin Gameiro had an op­por­tu­nity to give Atletico a 1-0 lead in the first half but his shot from in­side the area struck the post in pour­ing rain in the north­ern city of San Se­bas­tian.

"We had a great first half and cre­ated good scor­ing chances, es­pe­cially the one with Gameiro," Sime­one said, "but in the se­cond half they started bet­ter and we couldn't find a way to even the match."


Last-place Granada re­mained the only win­less team af­ter this home draw.

Granada equal­ized nine min­utes from time thanks to an own goal by De­portivo goal­keeper Prze­mys­law Ty­ton.

Granada goal­keeper Guillermo Ochoa made a bril­liant save on a close-range shot near the end to keep the hosts from los­ing for the eighth time in 11 games.

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