Real Sociedad 3-1 Sevilla: Vela signs off in style as La Real winDecember 20, 2017
Real Sociedad ran out 3-1 victors against Sevilla at the Anoeta.
Mexican winger Carlos Vela scored in his final appearance for Sociedad. After being at the Basque club since 2011, he will travel across the Atlantic to join up with MLS expansion team LAFC.
The first chance of the game fell to Sociedad’s Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj after 11 minutes, who attempted a speculative volley, which went just over the crossbar.
Minutes later however, Sociedad were ahead through Inigo Martinez who found himself in acres of space in the penalty area from Asier Illaramendi’s cross, after Sevilla cleared the initial corner.
Just after half-an-hour of play, Sevilla had their first sight of goal through Ganso, whose self-setup bicycle kick from Sebastien Corchia’s low cross went just over the crossbar, but didn’t seem to trouble Rulli.
Seconds later, Sergio Canales had a shot from range which went inches wide and definitely seemed to trouble ‘keeper David Soria.
On the brink of half time, Sevilla were level through French marksman Wissam Ben Yedder. The Frenchman showed great trickery to send Diego Llorente left and right before his shot literally went through Rulli, who should’ve done much better.
Just after 75 minutes, the San Sebastian club were ahead once again, through the substitute Igor Zubeldia, in rather fortunate style. Once again, the Sociedad player found himself open, with Sevilla’s awful defence to thank and his shot heavily deflected off Sergio Escudero, which gave Soria no chance of saving it.
Carlos Vela was introduced with 10 minutes left and it was a fairy tale ending for the Mexican who showed fantastic strength and composure to finish past Soria after Martinez’s low cross.
Sociedad are now up to 8th place whilst Sevilla have been on a disappointing run both domestically and across the continent, having gone on a five game win-less streak.
Sociedad next travel to Leganes whilst Sevilla will face Cadiz away from home in the Copa Del Rey before resuming La Liga services by hosting Real Betis.