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.
Girona draws 1-1 with Sociedad, continues to impress in Liga
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Girona continued its strong debut campaign in Spain's top division after fighting back for a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Friday.
Girona extended its unbeaten streak to four games as it remained in 10th place, while Sociedad stayed in seventh.
Giroud’s overhead kick gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Red Star
Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain its perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.
Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five minutes before the final whistle after Theo Walcott headed the ball to him.
"It was a great combination before the goal as well and he finished well," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Real Sociedad beats Villarreal 3-0 for 2nd Liga win in a row
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad's impressive start to the season continued with a convincing 3-0 win over Villarreal in the Spanish league on Friday.
Willian Jose, Xabi Prieto and Juanmi scored in the first half to give the hosts their second consecutive victory to open the league.
The result at Anoeta Stadium put Real Sociedad provisionally at the top of the standings.
Disputed goal highlights lack of goal-line tech in Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league's lack of goal-line technology was underscored in Real Sociedad's 3-1 victory over visitors Sporting Gijon on Monday.
Sporting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar dove to block Willian Jose's third-minute header, managing to knock the ball out as it appeared to cross the goal-line. Even in televised repetitions, it was tough to tell.
The referee awarded the goal, and Sociedad never looked back in San Sebastian.
Soccer curse: Barca stumbles again at Sociedad with 1-1 draw
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona failed to break its soccer curse at Real Sociedad on Sunday in a 1-1 draw in the Spanish league, its seventh straight visit to Anoeta Stadium without a win.
Lionel Messi's equalizer could only salvage a point against a less talented but more inspired Sociedad side that left the titleholders six points behind leader Real Madrid.
Sociedad beats Atletico to move near the leaders in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad became the latest team to join the tight title race in Spain.
Taking advantage of two second-half penalty kicks, Real Sociedad defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday so that six teams are separated by only five points atop La Liga.
Forward Carlos Vela converted a 54th-minute penalty and striker Willian Jose scored from the spot in the 75th to give Real Sociedad its fourth win in five matches, and the fourth consecutive win at home.
Real Sociedad beats Leganes 2-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Brazilian striker Willian Jose and midfielder Xabi Prieto scored a goal in each half as Real Sociedad defeated Leganes 2-0 to provisionally move to within five points of the Spanish league lead on Friday.
Jose opened the scoring for the visitors with a header after a cross by Carlos Martinez in the 29th minute, and Prieto sealed the victory with a right-footed shot from inside the area in the 59th.