A penalty goal in the 96th minute reinforces Real’s European candidacy

The Real Sociedad sweated ink to beat Espanyol (1-0) and had to wait until injury time for Alex Isak, de penalty, He will leave the three points in a Reale Arena in which he has not lost since December.

La Real is lacking a goal, something that has been suffering all season and that has been aggravated after the loss of Mikel Oyarzabalwhich was evidenced in a first half with good play but minimal success.

The people from San Sebastian had a great chance in the first few minutes, with a shot from the small area by Martín Zubimendi that smelled like a goal but that went away with Reale celebrating.

Espanyol missed the absent Raúl de Tomástheir attacks died in the three quarters of the field but even so they were able to get an immense prize in a free kick that did not convert Cabrera’s header into a goal by centimeters and in another by Puado that escaped over the crossbar.

Oier Olázabal, as almost always happens with exes, made David Silva’s night bitter on one clear occasion after a move by Diego Rico who, at close range, the canary crashed on the irundarra goalkeeper.

The Catalan team was saved from a good one after the restart when Sorloth scored what could have been 1-0, the stands celebrated it but after a VAR review Jaime Latre reversed his initial decision and annulled the Norwegian’s goal.

Then came more chances for the Gipuzkoan team, who gave another warning in an individual action by Isak and accompanying Djouahra aborted at the last moment by the Catalan defense and also Rafinha, before being replaced by Merino, had a goal option.

Vicente Moreno would close the lines of creation very well in the final moments and Real’s attempts seemed to remain in a will and could not until it came in discount the penalty committed on Mikel Merino. Isak converted it, although Oier almost stopped it, to the delight of the Reale Arena stands.


1 – Royal Society: Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Rico; Zubimendi, Silva (Martín, min. 87), Rafinha (Merino, min. 70), Portu (Djouahra, min. 61); Alex Isak and Sorloth.

0 – Spanish: Oier Olazabal; Pedrosa, Cabrero, Calero, Gil (Aleix Vidal, min. 73); Embarba (Vilhena, min. 56), Darder, Bare (Melendo, min. 56), Herrera; Loren Morón (Dimata, min. 73) and Puado.

Referee: Jaime Latre (Aragonese Committee). He admonished Rico, Isak, Herrera, Darder, Aleix Vidal and Pedrosa.

Goals: 1-0, min. 90 + 4: Isaac, the penalty.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirtieth day of the Santander League played before 20,869 spectators at the Reale Arena.



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