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Spanish Primera BBVA

Anoeta (ATT 23,000) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Clos Gomez

Sociedad Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

Sociedad 2

A Griezmann (62)
C Vela (pen 72)

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Ath Bilbao 0

F Amorebieta (S/O 71)

Victory for Real Sociedad

Last Updated: 29/09/12 10:00pm

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Carlos Vela: On target for Real Sociedad

Carlos Vela: On target for Real Sociedad

Second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela were enough to hand Real Sociedad their first win in the Basque derby for two and a half years as they won 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.

Griezmann had looked the most likely to break the deadlock throughout and after having two fierce efforts well saved by Gorka Iraizoz in the first-half, he finally got his goal on 62 minutes when his shot took a slight deflection on its way past the helpless goalkeeper.

Any hope of a comeback from the visitors was extinguished 10 minutes later when Fernando Amorebieta saw a second yellow card for handling Xabi Prieto's shot inside the area and Carlos Vela converted the resulting penalty with ease.

Athletic had won both meetings between the sides last season, but Marcelo Bielsa's side have looked a shadow of the team that stormed to two cup finals last term so far this campaign and so it proved again as Sociedad made the most of a tepid performance by the visitors.

Griezmann was first to threaten as his powerful free-kick was punched away by Iraizoz on 10 minutes and the 21-year-old was then presented with the best chance of the first half eight minutes before the break when David Zurutuza found him inside the area, but again Iraizoz was equal to his attempt as the keeper dived to his right to turn the ball behind.

Asier Illarramendi was next to force the Bilbao number one into a flying save from fully 35 yards moments later, but the visitors failed to reorganise at the break and eventually Sociedad's pressure told after the hour mark as Griezmann latched onto Imanol Agirretxe's pass to pull his shot into the bottom corner.

And the game was put firmly beyond Athletic's reach 18 minutes from time when after Iraizoz had produced another brilliant save to deny Griezmann, the rebound fell to Prieto and his goalbound effort was handled by Amorebieta.

The defender was shown his second yellow card, meaning he was dismissed for an 11th time in the Primera Division. Vela stepped up and rolled the penalty home.

A final save from Iraizoz denied Prieto a third goal for the home side in the final minute but the goalkeeper's heroics were to no avail as Sociedad saw the game out to continue their 100 per cent record at home so far this season.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25