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Spanish Primera BBVA

Anoeta (ATT 20,000) 20th December 2012 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

Sociedad Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Sevilla

Sociedad 2

C Vela (18)
A de la Bella (69)

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Sevilla 1

G Medel (49)
Coke (S/O 74)

Sevilla sunk again

Last Updated: 20/12/12 11:35pm

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Vela: Opened the scoring for the hosts

Vela: Opened the scoring for the hosts

Real Sociedad defender Alberto de la Bella's second-half goal ensured 10-man Sevilla's recent dire Primera Division form continued at the Anoeta tonight.

De la Bella netted in the 69th minute as the hosts extended their unbeaten record to eight matches in all competitions, while Sevilla have now collected just one point from their last five league matches.

The visitors did get back on level terms as Gary Medel cancelled out Carlos Vela's early strike, but De la Bella ensured they went home empty-handed and their misery was further compounded when Andujar Coke picked up two yellow cards in the space of four second-half minutes.

The result moved Sociedad up to seventh although it was a welcome triumph for Philippe Montanier's men, who had won just two of their last seven before tonight.

They started to take charge in the early stages with Xabi Prieto firing wide while Diego Ifran was just beaten to Antoine Griezmann's cross by Coke.

And the hosts were rewarded for their early endeavour in the 18th minute when Vela gave them the lead when he fizzed a low strike past Sevilla goalkeeper Diego Lopez after collecting the ball from Griezmann.

The goal seemed to suck the confidence out of Sevilla, who nearly fell two behind after the interval when Prieto somehow fired over from Griezmann's cross.

That seemed to act as a wake-up call to Los Rojiblancos and they levelled in the 49th minute, with Medel expertly curling past Sociedad shot-stopper Claudio Bravo from the edge of the area.

Jose Antonio Reyes went close for the visitors with a fine strike but this time, Bravo was able to tip away.

It proved a vital save as Carlos Martinez burst up the other end and his right-wing cross was converted at the back post by fellow full-back De la Bella.

Things were about to get worse for Sevilla as Coke was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 74th minute for a foul on Vela - having just been cautioned for a cynical challenge on De la Bella.

It was an unnecessary foul and one that looked to have cost Sevilla although Bravo did have to tip Alvaro Negredo's close-range header round the post in the closing stages as Sociedad held on for all three points.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18