Sociedad held at Valladolid
Real Sociedad were pegged back to draw 2-2 after Antoine
Griezmann twice gave them the lead over Valladolid at the Estadio
The 21-year-old struck in the 37th and 57th minutes but Patrick
Ebert levelled from long range just before half-time and then set
up Oscar for the second equaliser.
Sociedad could still have won it deep into stoppage time but
Jose Angel’s shot from his own half was tipped over.
Gonzalo Castro’s shot wide for the visitors was an isolated
early threat, and Asier Illarramendi’s free-kick on the
quarter-hour was also off target.
Ebert’s powerful dead-ball effort at the other end drew the
night’s first save from Sociedad keeper Enaut Zubikarai, who also
gathered Javi Guerra’s close-range header and another Ebert
But it was Sociedad who made the breakthrough eight minutes
before half-time when Castro’s corner found its way to Griezmann,
who finished from close range.
Zubikarai made a fantastic save from Guerra but was helpless
when the impressive Ebert let fly from 25 yards to equalise two
minutes before the break.
Griezmann fired against the bar early in the second half after
Carlos Vela’s pass put him in a good scoring position.
But the Frenchman got his second goal when he once again took
Vela’s pass in his stride and scoring with a superb shot from 20
Valladolid’s Victor Perez fired over after Zubikarai punched
clear Mikel Balenziaga’s cross, but the equaliser came with 15
Ebert was again central to the goal, crossing from the right for
Oscar to head home impressively.
Griezmann was forced off by injury with 10 minutes remaining and
Ruben Pardo’s pair of long-range efforts were in vain.
Sociedad almost won the game in dramatic style when Angel
launched his ambitious effort in the last seconds, but home keeper
Dani Hernandez stayed alert to save.
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