SAN SEBASTIáN. Real Sociedad beat 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 vastly superior ball possession (63%) was among the key 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 who was helped by Guadalupe Porras Ayuso and Gonzalo García González. The 4th official was Manuel Pozueta Rodríguez. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant around 20.3 degrees Celsius or 68.56 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 71%.
Real Sociedad was in firm control of the ball 63% while Espanyol was struggling with a 37% ball possession.
Real Sociedad was more aggressive with 49 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 6 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Real Sociedad won the match.
Real Sociedad shot 13 times, 6 on target, 7 off target. On the other side, Espanyol shot 13 times, 4 on target, 9 off target.
Real Sociedad received 3 yellow cards (B. Mendez, A. Elustondo and A. Sorloth). On the other side, No yellow cards were issued to Espanyol.
After this encounter, Real Sociedad will have 7 points like Girona, Rayo Vallecano and Celta de Vigo to stay in the 12th place. On the opposite side, Espanyol will stay with 4 points like Almería, Sevilla, Getafe and Real Valladolid to move up in the 17th place.
O. El Hilali
Espanyol will host Valencia on the 2nd of October with a 19-9 head to head statistic in favor of Valencia (6 draws).
Real Sociedad: Formation and Lineups
Real Sociedad started with a 4-1-3-2 line-up (4-1-3-2).
The manager Imanol Alguacil Barrenetxea chose 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 .
Real Sociedad made 3 changes: T. Kubo for B. Turrientes (81′), D. Silva for M. Cho (82′) and B. Mendez for I. Zubeldia (89′).
Top player: Takefusa Kubo
The player who no doubt impressed Real Sociedad the most was Takefusa Kubo even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 27 passes (74% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 11. He performed 6 crosses.
Espanyol: Formation and Lineups
Espanyol started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).
On the opposite side, 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 .
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′).
Top player: Sergi Darder
The player who no doubt impressed Espanyol the most was Sergi Darder.
His rating iswith 35 passes (68% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 8 duels out of 8. He performed 2 crosses.
Results of the day
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