Real Sociedad won again after an irregular streak with the glory of the Cup final in between, and has established itself in the European positions of LaLiga. It was at the expense of Celta, who did not know how to handle their initial advantage and more than paid for their weak defense.
It would not have been surprising that Coudet had requested at halftime the declaration of a catastrophic zone for his rear. The first part of the Celtic rear was a disaster. After getting ahead on the scoreboard in a Hugo Mallo header, in a corner kick, he did not allow four minutes for Real Sociedad to surprise him in a counterattack, after happily launching forward leaving infinite spaces behind. It was enough a good control of Carlos Fernández, a magnificent pass to Portu and the definition of the Murcian winger to tie the game.
It was played at a frenetic pace, despite the fact that VAR was beginning to be the protagonist. First, he warned the referee of a possible expulsion of Aritz, who was left with a yellow card, and returned to work on Isak’s career on the side of the area, which found the answer in the form of a tremendous departure from Iván Villar, which ahead of the Swedish striker. The machine determined that it had been within the area. The penalty was thrown by Isak, stopped by Villar and clinched by Carlos Fernández, but the forward had entered the area prematurely. There was suspense, because the goalkeeper’s movement was reviewed. In the end it was not a goal.
It would come, however, in another maximum penalty, by grabbing Murillo to Le Normand in a corner. Januzaj did not give the goalkeeper a choice and overtook Real Sociedad, a team not very skilled in comebacks, but which does not waste the gifts of rivals, and Celta gave too much.
After the break, the teams did not lower the piston. Celta performed reasonably well from midfield forward, but still struggled behind. After a chance by Santi Mina that Remiro took off with one foot, Real had a couple of consecutive options, with a shot at the post from Portu and a horizontal pass that went through the small area without finding a shot.
Then Imanol’s team took it more calmly. He gave ground to Celta, gave him the ball, but was well ordered for many minutes around the area. Only when the Vigo team tightened and their great reference, Iago Aspas, took over, did the Real Sociedad struggle, which decided to concentrate around Remiro while time slowly passed with the score in their favor.
In the final minutes the balls crossed from the wings flew, Hugo Mallo tried to deepen his side, but only a shot from Solari caused fear in the realistic defense, who managed his advantage to win again in the League after having reached the ecstasy in the Cup.