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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 20,000) 31st March 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Pedro Jesus Perez Montero

Espanyol Espanyol vs Real Sociedad Sociedad

Espanyol 2

Sergio Garcia (9)
C Stuani (38)

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Sociedad 2

D Zurutuza (23)
Javi Lopez (og 76)

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Real Sociedad held to draw

Last Updated: 31/03/13 8:37pm

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Sergio Garcia: On target for Espanyol

Sergio Garcia: On target for Espanyol

Real Sociedad's push for a top-four finish suffered a slight setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Espanyol.

While victory would have been a significant boost to their Champions League aspirations, they may have left the Cornella-El Prat thankful for a point as Javi Lopez's own-goal 14 minutes from time denied the hosts maximum points.

It was the second time Sociedad had come from behind in the match, David Zurutuza scoring either side of strikes from Sergio Garcia and Christian Stuani in a busy first half.

Garcia gave Espanyol the lead with the first decent opening of the game in the ninth minute.

Simao was the provider with a ball into the six-yard box, with Garcia providing the right-footed finish across Enaut Zubikarai.

Simao was soon causing trouble again, his cross forcing the goalkeeper to punch clear moments after the restart.

Sociedad took their time in fashioning a response but levelled in the 23rd minute.

Zurutuza was the man on target, rifling a 25-yard effort past Francisco Casilla.

Espanyol ensured a half-time lead in the 38th minute when Garcia turned creator.

His ball from the left channel found Stuani in a central position and the Uruguayan finished from 12 yards.

Both sides were lively after the break, Antoine Griezmann shooting wide for the visitors before Victor Sanchez responded in kind for Espanyol.

The rival keepers were then called on, Casilla denying Imanol Agirretxe with his feet and Zubikarai parrying a Joan Verdu effort.

Agirretxe found Casilla on form again after 62 minutes, the latter diving to paw the ball round the post.

It looked like Sociedad might not have the necessary firepower to get back into the game but as it was, they did not need to provide their own finishing touch.

Instead, Griezmann's cross was met by Lopez, who mistakenly directed the ball over his own line.

There were scant opportunities for a winning goal as both sides accepted a share of the spoils.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 34 85
2 Barcelona 34 81
3 Real Madrid 33 79
4 Athletic Bilbao 34 62
5 Sevilla 34 59
6 Real Sociedad 34 54
7 Villarreal 34 52
8 Valencia 34 45
9 Espanyol 34 41
10 Malaga 34 41
11 Levante 34 41
12 Rayo Vallecano 34 40
13 Celta Vigo 34 40
14 Granada 34 37
15 Osasuna 34 35
16 Elche 34 35
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 34 32
19 Almeria 34 30
20 Real Betis 34 22