SAN SEBASTIáN. Real Sociedad overcame Espanyol to win 2-1. All goals were scored in the first half. It was Real Sociedad to strike first with a goal of A. Sorloth at the 17′. Then it was a goal in the 19′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, B. Mendez gave the win to Real Sociedad in the 29′ minute with a goal. Real Sociedad was much better in terms of ball possession (63%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Reale Arena stadium in San Sebastián on Sunday and it started at 6:30 pm local time. The referee was Carlos del Cerro Grande assisted by Guadalupe Porras Ayuso and Gonzalo García González. The 4th official was Manuel Pozueta Rodríguez. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant at 20.3 degrees Celsius or 68.56 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 71%.
Real Sociedad had a superior ball possession 63% while Espanyol was struggling with a 37% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Real Sociedad had a more offensive attitude with 49 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 6 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Real Sociedad won the match.
Real Sociedad shot 13 times, 6 on target, 7 off target. Talking about the opposition, Espanyol shot 13 times, 4 on target, 9 off target.
Real Sociedad received 3 yellow cards (B. Mendez, A. Elustondo and A. Sorloth). Regarding the opposition, Espanyol didn’t receive any yellow card.
After this encounter, Real Sociedad will have 10 points like Atlético Madrid to hold in the 8th place. On the other side, Espanyol will stay with 4 points like Almería and Real Valladolid to hold in the 17th place.
In the next match in the La Liga, Real Sociedad will play away against Girona on the 2nd of October with a 2-1 head to head in favor of Real Sociedad (5 draws).
Espanyol will host Valencia on the 2nd of October with a 19-9 head to head stats in favor of Valencia (6 draws).
Real Sociedad – Formation
Real Sociedad started with a 4-1-3-2 line-up (4-1-3-2).
The manager Imanol Alguacil Barrenetxea decided to play with the following team: Álex Remiro, Andoni Gorosabel , Aritz Elustondo , Jon Pacheco , Aihen Muñoz , Martín Zubimendi , Brais Méndez , David Silva , Mikel Merino , Alexander Sørloth and Takefusa Kubo .
The home team had on the bench: Robert Navarro, Igor Zubeldia, Beñat Turrientes, Jon Karrikaburu, Diego Rico, Illarramendi, Guevara, Unai Marrero, Andoni Zubiaurre, Mohamed-Ali Cho , Álex Sola and Urko González.
Real Sociedad made 3 changes: T. Kubo for B. Turrientes (81′), T. Kubo for B. Turrientes (83′) and B. Mendez for I. Zubeldia (89′).
Best player: Takefusa Kubo
Following our analysis, the most impressive player for Real Sociedad was Takefusa Kubo even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 27 passes (74% accurate) and 3 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 11. He performed 6 crosses.
Espanyol – Formation
Espanyol started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).
Diego Martínez Penas played with: Álvaro Fernández, Omar El Hilali , Fernando Calero , Sergi Gómez , Leandro Cabrera , Brian Oliván , Sergi Darder , Vinícius Souza , Edu Expósito , Joselu and Martin Braithwaite .
The following players were sitting on the bench: Dani Villahermosa, Aleix Vidal, Javi Puado , Simo, Dani Gómez , Joan García, Pol Lozano , Nico Melamed and B. Lecomte.
Espanyol made 4 changes: O. El Hilali for J. Puado (54′), F. Calero for A. Vidal (75′), Exposito for D. Gomez (75′) and V. Costa for P. Lozano (85′).
Best player: Sergi Darder
The most impressive player for Espanyol was Sergi Darder.
His rating iswith 36 passes (66% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 8 duels out of 8. He performed 3 crosses.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the La Liga.