Real Sociedad boss Asier Garitano has said his side were fortunate to beat Huesca on Friday evening.
On 64 minutes, the deadlock was broken by Garitano’s side as 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.
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.
What did Garitano say after the game?
“It was a very even and balanced game against a good team. In the first half there were moments for both of us, and in the second we knew that it would be similar, ” he told reporters.
“We tried to take advantage of Mikel Merino’s goal, but with two players sent off – we have had fortune because they had good chances to score.
“When you come from two defeats it it important to add, it is not easy. Huesca play well and they try to squeeze you all over the pitch. I hope this hard fought win can help to continue improving.”
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