Real Sociedad went back and overcame the rival’s ambushes and its own inaccuracies to beat Granada, a rival that remains touched, in relegation position, without winning, without finishing starting and with coach Robert Moreno under suspicion on the part of the stands, despite the previous draw at the Camp Nou, when Barça could only equalize in the last minutes.
Everything happened in a game full of alternatives that already alerted what was going to be very early because it started at full speed. The Real Sociedad did not notice soundings and went out onto the field with the focus on the rival’s goal. As Granada’s plan was to go find its opponent and hinder its construction from behind, events began to happen in both areas.
And all that was fun, perhaps not so much for the coaches, who had a lot to adjust, yes of course for the spectator and even for the players. Merino was able to score a minute into the game, three later it was Sorloth who had the goal in front of him. At 10 the Norwegian striker returned to finish near the post. Shortly before, at eight, Granada had scored. Germán finished off a corner in which he knew how to act as a veteran against Le Normand, who lost the reference of the ball in a struggle that did not reach a fault. The head of the central was diverted by Guevara, under sticks, to the network.
La Real sometimes has a peppy air, things of the age. But the talent falls out of his pockets. He has so much that with up to nine absences, many of them glossy (Isak, Silva, Barrenetxea, Illarra, Guridi, Pacheco, Carlos Fernández, Diego Rico and Monreal), he always shows something to remember. In Granada, where the team arrived with seven footballers with the subsidiary’s number, Robert Navarro, a young 19-year-old attacking midfielder, made sense of the team’s attack when he needed it most. An attempt of his could be worth the tie after half an hour, but the excellent goal Maximiano responded feline to find the ball next to the strain of the post.
At that point, Granada was no longer deployed to the Real goal to try to recover the ball. That greed caused problems for Imanol’s men, who were uncomfortable with the construction. But there are no lungs that can read that script for many more minutes. In a game in which the teams improved the closer they were to the rival area, Real began to feel better.
The second part abounded in that feeling. The San Sebastian team also managed to activate Oyarzabal, who had gone through the first half without touching the ball. But above all he reached the equalizer, a revenge of the corner that penalized him at the start of the game, same side, same goal, same sector at the far post and another neglect, this time from Granada, to allow Aritz Elustondo to finish low and at pleasure .
La Real was already in the game. And Granada did not have the breath to empty again at high pressure. Eight minutes after the tie, Merino scored, in another new contribution from Oyarzabal. The game was for the visitors. Maximiano denied Merino the third, but on the bench move Robert Moreno called Bacca, who in his first action took a penalty out of nowhere in a struggle with Guevara.
The Colombian gave the Basque midfielder a master canchero, Milla went to the eleven meters and the parity returned to the scoreboard to open a final match to heads or tails, but in which the Real did not cease to be in command. Aritz scored again and showed that in the Real no one saves anything, that there is plenty of character and ambition: no one was satisfied with the draw, they looked for the three points and took them away.
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