Real Sociedad 3-0 Atletico Madrid: La Real produce heavy defeat over poor Atleti

Real Sociedad 3-0 Atletico Madrid: La Real produce heavy defeat over poor Atleti

April 20, 2018 Off By Ben MacDonald

Atletico Madrid’s poor league form continued last night as they were easily swept aside by a Real Sociedad side who had secured their third straight win.

Imanol Alguacil made four changes to the side that defeated Las Palmas 1-0 at the weekend, with Geronimo Rulli, Hector Moreno, Alberto de la Bella and Ruben Pardo replacing Tono, Diego Llorente, Kevin Rodrigues and David Zurutaza.

Diego Simeone made two changes to the side that won 3-0 against Levante at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday with Sime Vrsaljko moving to the left back position following a Lucas suspension and Juanfran taking to right back, as well as Thomas replacing Vitolo in midfield.

The first real chance of the game came from an Atletico corner, however a Godin header was comfortably collected by a fit again Rulli. The home side took the lead in the 27th minute when an Adnan Januzaj cutback was met by Willian Jose who drilled a shot towards the bottom left corner. The visitors nearly hit an instant reply, however Griezmann’s half volley went flying over the bar.

Simeone brought on Fernando Torres for Angel Correa at the interval but the added attacking threat proved fruitless. Both Torres and Vrsaljko saw headers miss the target before a neat Juanmi chip over Oblak saw Sociedad double their lead in the 80th minute. Substitute Juanmi grabbed his second in injury time, heading in from a de la Bella cross.

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The win means La Real remain in eleventh position, however they are still in contention for a Europa League spot, with a 5 point gap between themselves and seventh placed Sevilla. They travel to La Rosaleda Stadium at the weekend facing a Malaga side whose relegation was confirmed last night following their loss to Levante.

Atleti are now just three points ahead of neighbours Real Madrid with five games left to play. They have another tricky encounter on Sunday, facing Real Betis at home.

Real Sociedad: Rulli; Elustondo, Navas, Moreno, de la Bella; Canales, Illarramendi, Pardo (Zurutuza, 65); Januzaj, Jose (Bautista, 88), Oyarzabal (Juanmi, 72)

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran (Vitolo, 54), Savic, Godin, Vrsaljko; Correa (Torres, 45), Saul, Thomas (Gabi, 75), Koke; Griezmann, Gameiro