Huesca 0-1 Real Sociedad: Nine man visitors hold on for three points

Huesca 0-1 Real Sociedad: Nine man visitors hold on for three points

September 21, 2018 0 By Campbell Finlayson

Real Sociedad scored with their only shot on target to beat Huesca, despite finishing the game with nine men.

Mikel Merino’s tidy finish just past the hour mark was enough for the three points, despite red cards to Juanmi and Theo Hernandez meaning they finished the game with nine men.

The first real sight of goal fell the way of the visitors on 22 minutes but Ruben Pardo’s shot was easily kept out by Axel Werner in the home goal.

Jon Bautista then went close for La Real as well two minutes later when he headed just past the right hand post.

Huesca’s only real chance of the half came when a good run by Alex Gallar ended with his shot deflecting off teammate Cucho Hernandez and going wide.

Sociedad almost scored on the stroke of half time when Ruben Pardo’s tantalising free kick somehow evaded all three of Juanmi, Aritz Elustondo and Hector Moreno and went out for a goal kick.

The second half also began slowly with Moi Gomez and David Ferreiro shots from distance for Huesca about all that happened in the first 15 minutes after the restart.

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On 64 minutes though, the deadlock was broken by Real Sociedad. Juanmi won the ball back on the left for Theo Hernandez who burst into the box before cutting the ball back to Mikel Merino who bent a low left foot shot into the corner of the net.

Just seven minutes after moving in front, La Real made sure they wouldn’t win the easy way as they went down to ten men, with Juanmi picking up two bookings in the space of ten seconds.

Firstly, he fouled Gonzalo Melero and was shown a yellow card by Iglesias Villanueva before arguing back with the referee for as long as he could before the second card was flashed in his face followed by the red.

Amazingly, they then went down to ten men. With Huesca preparing to take a corner, Theo Hernandez took offence at Damian Musto’s pushing, reacting by slapping him in the face and being shown a straight red card by Villanueva.

Huesca were the team doing all the pressing in the latter stages with their two man advantage and should have scored on 89 minutes when Gallar’s cross was flicked on by Musto before Samuele Longo somehow managed to flick the ball behind him when it looked easier to score.

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They almost grabbed a leveller in the second minute of added time when Asier Illarramendi headed back across his own goal and off the post with Longo then forcing a save from Rulli with a header of his own.

Despite their attacks however, it wasn’t to be for Huesca who still await their first home win in La Liga while Sociedad climb to sixth.

Huesca: Werner; Miramon, Pulido (Gurler, 84), Semedo, Luisinho (Avila, 79); Melero, Musto; Gallar, Gomez (Longo, 68), Ferreiro; Hernandez

Real Sociedad: Rulli; Zaldua, Elustondo, Moreno, Theo; Oyarzabal (Rodrigues, 90), Pardo (Zurutuza, 74), Zubeldia, Merino; Juanmi, Bautista (Navas, 85)

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