Spanish La Liga
Results: Real Sociadad 0-2 Atletico Madrid
Date: 18 October 2015
Venue: Anoeta Stadium
A goal in each half handed Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 2-0 win against an inspired Real Sociedad outfit at the Anoeta Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Atletico Madrid wasted no time in showing their intent on the game, pressing and pushing forward from the onset. They almost grabbed the opener only three minutes in, with Koke’s header sailing just a bit too high, much to the relief of the hosts.
It did not take too long for the visitors to register the opener though, as Antoine Griezmann rocked up five minutes later to hand Atleti a 1-0 advantage with a clinical finish. Directly after the goal, David Zurutuza was handed Real Sociedad’s first real chance on goal, but the Spanish midfielder failed to direct his shot on goal.
The home side began to settle as the half progressed, and Sergio Canales came close with a lovely strike in the 16th minute, but his effort was only inches wide. It was then the visitors who looked more threatening deep into the half, but neither side was able to get a clear chance on goal and the sides headed into the break with Atletico holding a slender 1-0 lead.
Again, it was Diego Simeone’s men who were the better starters after the restart, and Jackson Martinez had the first opportunity only two minutes in but failed to put it on target. The sides began to exchange a couple of fierce challenges with play being broken down and the teams were struggling to find forward momentum in the second stanza.
Asier Illarramendi finally took matters into his own hands in the 77th minute with a shot from outside the box, but the former Real Madrid star’s effort was high and wide. Carlos Vela then followed that up two minutes later by forcing a fine save in the bottom corner from Jan Oblak in the Atleti goal.
The hosts were looking good in the dying moments of the encounter as they added numbers into their attack in search of the equalizer, but the sending off of Gabi in the 89th minute proved costly as Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco found himself at the end of a well-worked fast break to make it 2-0 only moments later.
There was, however, still time for Jonathas' sending off, after he too received a second yellow in injury time. Atletico Madrid then held on to their lead, claiming maximum points on the day.