Match Report / Eibar 2-1 Real Sociedad
Matchday 33 – Eibar 2-1 Real Sociedad – Match Report
Saturday 16th April 2016
By PAUL MURRAY
After two consecutive victories Real Sociedad came back to earth as local rivals Eibar beat them 2-1 in the Basque derby. Sociedad’s previous two games had seen them defeat Sevilla and Barcelona, but this victory means Eibar have now joined them on 41 points with their first win in nine games.
This was the first time Eibar have won a top-flight fixture after trailing and this victory and the resulting three points have almost certainly secured their La Liga status for another year.
David Zurutuza gave the visitors a 7th minute lead with a brilliant effort, his first goal of the season. Zuru scooped the ball over Dani Garcia after winning possession from a throw-in and volleyed it into the far corner of the net from 18 yards. It was a fantastic strike and a perfect start for the visitors. Carlos Vela should have doubled the lead on the half hour but his weak chip failed to hit the target.
Eibar equalised in the 32nd minute when Ander Capa’s cross picked out Enrich and the striker’s header took a crucial deflection off Diego Reyes to beat Sociedad goalkeeper Gero Rulli. Real left back Yuri had not got close enough to close down Capa’s cross which resulted in this equalising goal.
It was a costly mistake for the visitors and has become a bit of a recurring theme, especially from the left side. Both Yuri and De la Bella have consistently failed this season to get close enough to an opposing winger so that the opportunity to cross the ball is denied. This has resulted in numerous goals being conceded due to this deficiency. Both players need to make a challenge or block the ball to stop a cross coming in. This is basic defending and if these players are unable to understand this then in my opinion they should not be selected.
In the second half Real had good possession but were unable to transform this into goals. Markel almost restored the lead when his header was brilliantly saved by Asier Riesgo and shortly after Xabi Prieto’s effort was correctly disallowed for being offside.
Eibar’s winner came after 58 minutes when Zurutuza’s back pass carelessly gifted possession to Enrich who crossed the ball for Escalante to head home. Rulli flapped at the cross and really should have done much better.
In the final few minutes Escalante might have scored again, hitting the crossbar from a tight angle. In injury time Real were denied a clear penalty when Vela was fouled with the ball subsequently running out for a corner. Inexplicably the referee gave a goal kick.
Overall Real probably deserved at least a point from this match. Again we had plenty of possession but failed to turn this into creating goal scoring opportunities. Neither full back got forward much and hence our attack had no width. The fact we failed to win even one corner supports this assertion.
Eibar played in a physical way which does not really suit Real. The match statistics show that Eibar made 32 tackles in comparison to only 13 by Real. The home side also disposed their visitors of the ball 25 times, losing it themselves only 9 times. Ultimately it could be said, and the statistics indicate that Eibar wanted it more than we did.
The match statistics showed: Possession 43/57% in favour of Real, we managed 8 shots of which only 4 were on target. We won 0 corners and received 3 yellow cards (Inigo and Granero both on 90 mins) and Rulli on 94 minutes.
SD Eibar: Riesgo, Capa, Ansotegi, Ramis, Luna, Dani García (cap), Escalante, Enrich (Adrián, min.77), Inui (Junca, min.67), Keko, Borja (Jota, min.87).
Real Sociedad: Rulli, Elustondo, D. Reyes, Iñigo, Yuri, M. Bergara (Granero, min.83), Illarra, Xabi Prieto (cap)(Jonathas, min.65), Oyarzabal, Zurutuza (Bruma, min.76), Carlos V.
Goals: 0-1: Zurutuza, min.7. 1-1: Enrich, min.32. 2-1: Escalante, min.58
Referee: Melero López. Booked Escalante, Juncá and Ramis (Eibar) and Granero and Iñigo (Real Sociedad).