Real Sociedad continues to lead despite the fact that it could not get the victory against Athletic that it caressed with Alex Isak’s goal until in added time Iker Muniain, from a direct foul, achieved a draw (1-1) that did justice to what happenedor in a derby in which Iñigo Martínez was sent off.
Iñaki Williams gave the first scare to a very confident team from San Sebastian. It had not reached minute 2 when the Athletic striker seized a ball in the local area and got rid of Remiro, but he delayed his shot so much that Aritz arrived in the last breath to avoid a goal that seemed made, in an action in which the rojiblancos players requested a penalty.
La Real received the blow badly, it was not recognizable on the pitch because the rojiblancos, who had studied the Alguacil very thoroughly, closed all the access routes to Unai Simón’s goal and compromised ‘txuri urdin behind. ‘to the minimum that they recovered the ball until the game began to thicken on the part of both teams.
Alex Isak made the donostiarras wake up from their lethargy midway through the first half with the first local shot on Bilbao’s goal, which allowed Simon to shine and offered the first sign that the Real was alive.
The Swede would try in the final stretch with another distant shot that did not surprise Simón and Williams once again raised the tension of the Anoeta stands in another braking arrival between Remiro and Aritz that seemed initially doomed to end in goal.
Marcelino’s team continued to complicate things in the second half for the Blue and Whites, Rául García forced Remiro to reappear and Real seemed to settle for a draw enough to continue leading and reserve energy while waiting for Imanol Alguacil from the bench you will find the solutions that your reserves are providing this season.
It was not necessary to wait that long because the key was still on the pitch and his name was Isak, who took advantage of a clear penalty committed on Merino by Iñigo Martínez, who is still without luck when he faces his former team, to score the goal that put the Donostiarras ahead.
The Alguacil team was celebrating the victory when the tie came in added time, in a foul very well shot by Iker Muniain to which Alex Remiro did not respond well and missed in his clearance to introduce the ball into his goal before the huge disappointment of his hobby.
1 – Real Sociedad: Remiro; Gorosabel, Aritz, Le Normand, Rico (Muñoz, min. 78); Zubimendi, Silva (Guevara min 78), Merino; Isaac (Lobete, min. 85), Sorloth (Portu, min. 65), Januzaj (Zubeldia, min. 78).
1 – Athletic: Simon; De Marcos (Nico Williams, min. 78), Álvarez, Íñigo Martínez, Lekue; Muniain, Berenguer (Petxarroman, min. 78), Dani García (Nuñez, min. 86), Winner; Raúl García (Sancet, min. 65), Iñaki Williams.
Goals: 1-0, min.57: Isak. 1-1, min.92: Muniain.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee). He sent off Iñigo Martínez in the 84th minute for a double yellow card. He also admonished Isak, Januzaj, Merino, Guevara and De Marcos.
Incidents: 37,076 spectators at the Reale Arena, a new attendance record. La Real opened a lawn, the fourth that the stadium has since its reform in 2018.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.