Real Sociedad back on top – Sports Africa

Real Sociedad are back at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 win away to Celta Vigo on Thursday night.

Strikes by Alexander Isak and Aritz Elustondo in the second half saw Real Sociedad move three points clear of Real Madrid  to keep them in the chase for the trophy.

Isak opened the scoring at a rainy Balaidos stadium on 54 minutes from close range after Adnan Januzaj’s shot was blocked.

Celta forward Brais Mendez saw a goal ruled out for offside in an entertaining game, before Aritz Elustondo doubled Real Sociedad’s lead when he deflected Mikel Merino’s header into the Celta goal.

Two penalties from Levante midfielder Enis Bardhi twice pegged back Atletico Madrid in a 2-2 draw in the Ciudad de Valencia Stadium.

Antoine Griezmann popped up at the far post to put Atletico ahead in the 12th minute, before Bardhi’s first penalty in the 37th minute after a clumsy challenge from Luis Suarez on Ruben Vezo.

Atletico substitute Matheus Cunha thought he had won the game with his 74th-minute strike shortly after coming on for Griezmann, but the Brazilian was then penalized for handball with four minutes left and again Bardhi kept his cool to slot the ball past Jan Oblak.

Jorge Molina’s 97th-minute header saved a point for Granada and denied Getafe their first win of the season as the two teams drew 1-1 in Los Carmines with a result that leaves nobody happy.

Enes Unal put Getafe ahead in the 37th minute and Granada then controlled most of the ball and saw how Luis Suarez hit a penalty high over the bar in the 78th minute.

Molina hit the Getafe post with a header in injury-time, but the game looked to have escaped them before the veteran striker flicked home a corner with the seven minutes of injury-time completed.

On Wednesday night, Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Osasuna, Sevilla drew 1-1 in Mallorca and Betis thrashed Valencia 4-1. FC Barcelona lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano, which led to coach Ronald Koeman being sacked in the early hours of Thursday morning, with B-team coach Sergi Barjuan named as caretaker boss later in the day.

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