Alexander Sorloth, former attacker of AA Gent, had silenced the home crowd after seven minutes. Striker Alexander Isak (48.) gave Madrid’s aspirations for a comeback early in the second half a big blow – twice after not too good goalkeeping by Jan Oblak, who is nevertheless one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Yannick Carrasco had come in halfway for Thomas Lemar and saw up close how the inevitable Luis Suarez (61.) first restored the tension and later also saved his team from the loss in the 77th minute. Adnan Januzaj stayed on the bench until two minutes before the end.
Thanks to the triumph, Sociedad is back in the lead with 21 out of 30, ahead of Real Madrid and Sevilla (20 out of 27). Betis and Osasuna share fifth place with 18 out of 30, just behind number four Atletico (18 out of 27). Barcelona, which had to acknowledge their superiority in Real with 1-2 at Camp Nou earlier on Sunday, occupies only ninth place with 15 out of 27.