10-man Real Sociedad holds on to home win against Espanyol
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad edged Espanyol 3-2 for its second home win in the Spanish league on Monday.
Brazilian striker Willian Jose scored twice, including a 63rd-minute winner, after Sociedad relinquished a two-goal lead. The hosts held on to victory despite playing the final 20 minutes a man down because of a second yellow card to midfielder Mikel Merino.
10-man Real Madrid loses 2-0 to Sociedad
MADRID (AP) — Ten-man Real Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday to concede further ground in the Spanish league title race.
The pressure is mounting on coach Santiago Solari with Madrid in fifth place behind Alaves, which moved ahead of the 33-time champion on Saturday.
Madrid fell behind in the third minute when Willian Jose converted a penalty following a foul by Casemiro on Mikel Merino.
Madrid went a man down in the 61st when Lucas Vazquez received his second yellow card.
Newcastle makes Mikel Merino loan from Dortmund permanent
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle United has made Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino's loan move from Borussia Dortmund permanent for a reported fee of seven million euros ($8.3 million).
The English Premier League side says the 21-year-old Merino signed a five-year deal until 2021.
Since switching from Dortmund in the offseason, Merino has played in each of Newcastle's seven league games, and scored twice in three appearances for Spain Under-21s.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Germany World Cup hero Mario Goetze is expected to return to training with Borussia Dortmund when the side reconvenes from its summer break on Friday.
Goetze hasn't played since January and was diagnosed in February with "metabolic disturbances" following months of recurring muscular problems.
The 25-year-old Goetze completed just four games in 11 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund since returning from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich last summer.