José Antonio Pascual
Madrid, Sep 17 (EFE).- Real Madrid achieved its fifth consecutive victory to stay at the top of LaLiga EA Sports, but once again needed a new comeback, this time against a Real Sociedad (2-1) that had it on the brink of the KO in the first period.
Imanol Alguacil’s team, which like Carlo Ancelotti’s team will make its debut in the Champions League this week, took advantage of the facilities that the white team gave them in the first half. Under the baton of Take Kubo’s festival, he had it in his power not only to take an early lead through Ander Barrenetxea (m.5) but also to go into the break with a superior lead.
He did not take advantage of it, he saved a goal from the Japanese that was annulled in the 11th minute due to an offside by Mikel Oyarzabal, and he paid for it in the second half with the reaction of Real Madrid, who again soon found themselves behind in the scoreboard, like against Almería and Getafe, and they had to navigate against the current.
And it was two assists from Fran García, one to Fede Valverde in the first action of the second half, and another to Joselu Mato at the hour mark, which allowed Ancelotti’s men to carry out this challenging match. The left-handed back, returning this year to the team in which he formed after his stay at Rayo, was decisive. This time there was no need for the idyll with the goal from Englishman Jude Bellingham, the savior until now.
The victory allows Real Madrid to remain the sole leader with two points ahead of Barcelona, who beat Betis on Saturday (5-0) and five points ahead of Athletic and Girona, although they have one less game.
Villarreal and Sevilla, also on the verge of their reunion with European competition this coming week, emerged, although with notable difficulties to get rid of the two teams that have not yet won a game and now occupy the last places in LaLiga, Almería and Las Palmas, respectively.
The debut at the helm of the ‘yellow submarine’ of José Rojo ‘Pacheta’, replacement for the dismissed Quique Setién, ended with a 2-1 victory at La Cerámica thanks to a goal in extra time by the Norwegian Alexander Sorloth.
The Nordic striker ended up unbalancing a match in which Almería put up a serious battle and even took the lead through Sergio Akieme on the brink of half-time, but Gerard Moreno still had time in extra time to return the score to a draw.
Vicente Moreno’s team once again had good options in the second period. He missed them and passed it very late with a magnificent cross from Alberto Moreno that Sorloth hammered into the back of the net to sign the first victory of the Pacheta era and the second of the season for Villarreal.
Sevilla did not have a much better time against Las Palmas on the return of Sergio Ramos 18 years and 20 days later with the Andalusian team’s shirt, although in the case of José Luis Mendilíbar’s team he scored the winning goal (1-0) before , at 71 minutes, through also debutant Dodi Lukebakio.
The Belgian-Congolese was the only one who could put an end to the resistance of the good work of the island goalkeeper Álvaro Valles and the one who gave the first points of the course to José Luis Mendilíbar’s team, which gives the ‘red lantern’ to Almería and leaves penultimate to a good Las Palmas, who had important enough chances to get something out of Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
The Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, Sergio Ramos himself, and the lack of success in the last meters condemned the island team to defeat and allowed Sevilla to add a balmy victory before receiving Lens.
José Bordalás’ Getafe also gained momentum at the expense of Osasuna, whom they beat 3-2 with three headed goals from Serbians Stefan Mitrovic and Nemanja Maksimovic and José Ángel Carmona.
Jagoba Arrasate’s team balanced the match on two occasions through Iker Muñoz and the Croatian Ante Budimir, this one with a penalty, but they were unable to finish their reactions and Getafe, who are trying to turn the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez into a fortress, sentenced in the 86th minute with Maksimovic’s goal.
The day, in which a minute of silence was observed for the victims of the earthquake in Morocco, the floods in Libya and the death of the communicator Pepe Domingo Castaño, is completed this Monday with the match between Granada and Girona, which deals to add their fourth victory in a row to continue the pursuit of Real Madrid with Barcelona. EFE