Girona and Real Sociedad played out a 1-1 draw at the Estadi Montilivi on Friday evening.
The Basque visitors were the favourites to seal three points, but once again newly-promoted Girona showed that the Montilivi is not an easy place to come. A second half come back from – once again – Stuani meant both sides take a point from the encounter.
Notable missing players for La Real were Vela and Agirretxe while Girona were without Alcala, Pere Pons and Amagat.
It did not take long for the opening goal. In the seventh minute Willian José fired off a low shot which travelled across the face of Girona goalkeeper Bono’s goal and into the bottom right corner. Real Sociedad were the better side in the first half and looked set to take the three points as expected.
In the second half, Girona came back with a renewed spirit. Girona was on a three-match winning streak coming into the game and Pablo Machín must have reminded them of this fact during the break. This new-found confidence saw them come back from behind to secure the draw in the second half. Girona were creating more chances and started to really threaten Real Sociedad goalkeeper Rulli.
Stuani’s breakthrough header came in the 64th minute, amid La Real protests of handball. Before sending the cross to Stuani, Portu had started the play with a slight handball. Without any whistle from the officials, Portu continued well with a run down the right wing and a last-minute cross which Stuani successfully battled to get on the end of.
Muy buen punto ante un rival muy difícil!!! Seguimos sumando +1
Gran esfuerzo equipo 💪💪👏👏⚽️ pic.twitter.com/d145t0q6tG
— Cristhian Stuani (@CristhianStuani) November 18, 2017
In the end, both sides took 14 shots from the match, but Bono only had to make one save. The Girona defense stepped up and made a number of good blocks preventing Bono from having to do much work.
Real Sociedad also made some unnecessary errors and were caught offside a few more times than they should have been. In the last few minutes, La Real had some good chances and it looked like they might steal the three points, but it was not to be.
After the match, Girona coach Pablo Machín remarked that his team considers a draw a good result. On the other hand, Real Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristán was lamenting the fact that his side did not take the three points. “It is a shame that we didn’t materialize the chances we had.”
Real Sociedad are now in seventh place and facing what should be an easy three points next week. Their next La Liga match is at home against Las Palmas. Meanwhile, Girona plays away against Real Betis on Saturday, which will be a more difficult matchup.