Match Report / Real Sociedad 3-0 Granada

Matchday 24 – Real Sociedad 3-0 Granada – Match Report

Sunday 14th February 2016 /  19,591 Spectators

After their excellent away victory on Monday night at Espanyol, Real Sociedad were expected to select an unchanged team, but illness meant Inigo Martinez was left on the bench and Eusebio selected Diego Reyes to replace him in the centre of defence.  Aritz Elustondo also returned in place of Joseba Zaldua who also returned to the touchline.

However these changes did not stop Real making it three consecutive wins as their revival continued thanks to two goals from teenager Mikel Oyarzabal and the third from Jonathas.  In the last seven days Real have scored eight goals over two matches and encouragingly have kept a clean sheet in both.  They have now moved into the top 10 in the Primera Division for the first time this season.

The home side opened the scoring in the 21st minute after Prieto hit the post, the ball came to Yuri who passed to Oyarzabal and the 18 year old slotted the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs inside the near post.  It was poor goalkeeping but a deft finish from a player who is rapidly becoming influential for La Reala.

As half time beckoned Real doubled their advantage.  Carlos Vela picked out striker Jonathas with a brilliant curved pass and the striker’s volley found the bottom corner – his sixth goal of the season.  It was a terrible time for Granada to concede a second and left them with a mountain to climb.

La Reala started the second half quickly and Vela was unlucky to see his lobbed shot fall just wide of the post.  The Mexican is now nearly back to his best and got a second assist for Real’s third goal in the 60th minute. He collected Asier Illarramendi’s pass inside the penalty area and held the ball up well, waiting to square it to Oyarzabal who coolly took the chance for his second goal.

The visitors hit the crossbar twice in injury time as Fran Rico’s free-kick rebounded to Rochina who saw his volley also rattle the woodwork with Rulli beaten.  But the reality for Granada was they offered very little going forward and were well beaten by a stronger and better organised team.

Overall this was another very competent performance from the fast improving home team.  Increasingly secure defensively and with a rejuvenated Carlos Vela creating chances for Jonathas and the exciting Oyarzabal, things are finally looking better for the Txuri Urdin.   Their next fixture, away to neighbours Athletic Bilbao, will be a much tougher test for La Reala and will provide a proper marker to assess the progress they have made recently.

The match statistics showed: Possession 52/48% in favour of Granada, we managed 10 shots of which 5 were on target.  We won 7 corners and received 1yellow card: Illarra 82 minutes.

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