Real Sociedad 2-1 Espanyol: The White and Blues squeeze out a nervy home win

Real Sociedad vs Espanyol
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Real Sociedad eased past Espanyol in a 2-1 victory on Sunday at the Reale Arena. Both teams arrived at the match with previous defeats in the league. Real were looking forward to playing again after losing their last match 2-1 to Getafe while Espanyol were beaten 3-2 in their previous match against Seville. Real and Espanyol sit 8th, (10 points) and 17th, (4 points), in the table respectively, after 6 matches.

The White and Blues found the net first, thanks to a goal from Alexander Sorloth in the 17th minute. However, their lead didn’t last for long, Edu Exposito producing an equaliser in the 19th minute, bringing Budgerigars level. Real in turn, then responded in the 29th minute, grabbing the lead with an effort from Brais Mendez. The first half ended 2-1. With both teams struggling to produce anything meaningful in the second half though, the match ended 2-1.

Substitutions for Real included Benat Turrientes, Mohamed-Ali Cho and Igor Zubeldia for Take, David Silva and Brais Mendez, respectively. Espanyol replaced Javi Puado, Aleix Vidal, Dani Gomez and Pol Lozano with Omar El Hilali, Fernando Calero, Edu Exposito and Vinicius Souza.

The referee booked Brais Mendez, Aritz Elustondo and Alexander Sorloth for Real.

Real will next travel to Girona, while Espanyol will face Valencia at home.

Technical card:
Real Sociedad:Alex Remiro, Andoni Gorosabel, Aritz Elustondo, Jon Pacheco, Aihen Munoz, Brais Mendez (Igor Zubeldia, min.88), Martin Zubimendi, Mikel Merino, David Silva (Mohamed-Ali Cho, min.83), Alexander Sorloth and Take (Benat Turrientes, min.81)
Espanyol:Alvaro Fernandez, Omar El Hilali (Javi Puado, min.54), Leandro Cabrera, Sergi Gomez, Brian Olivan, Fernando Calero (Aleix Vidal, min.75), Sergi Darder, Vinicius Souza (Pol Lozano, min.85), Edu Exposito (Dani Gomez, min.75), Joselu and Martin Braithwaite
Stadium:the Reale Arena
Goals:Alexander Sorloth (1-0, min. 17), Edu Exposito (1-1, min. 19) and Brais Mendez (2-1, min. 29)