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Spanish Primera BBVA

San Mames (ATT 40,000) 22nd February 2013 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Ath Bilbao Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Sociedad

Ath Bilbao 1

I Gomez (30)

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Sociedad 3

A Griezmann (34)
I Agirretxe (66)
C Vela (76)

Sociedad earn derby pride

Last Updated: 22/02/13 11:39pm

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Carlos Vela: On target as Real Sociedad claimed victory

Carlos Vela: On target as Real Sociedad claimed victory

Real Sociedad recovered from a goal down to claim their first away victory over arch rivals Athletic Bilbao in over a decade.

Struggling Athletic took the lead in the Basque derby on the half-hour mark through Ibai Gomez but Primera Division high-flyers Sociedad drew level almost immediately thanks to Antoine Griezmann.

The visitors then netted twice in 10 second-half minutes through Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Vela to claim the victory which saw them move level with fifth-placed Valencia on 40 points and also end the club's miserable run of results in their neighbours' back yard.

Sociedad had picked up just one point in visits to San Mames since their last success in 2001, and for a while that poor sequence looked set to continue as Athletic started in impressive fashion.

The home side, who came into the match 11 points and eight places below Sociedad in the standings, had already gone close on a number of occasions - including seeing visiting goalkeeper Claudio Bravo brilliantly save from Mikel San Jose's header - when they went ahead through Gomez.

Jon Aurtenetxe sent over a deep cross from the left and Gomez got on the end of it to fire home an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net to send the home fans wild.

Marcelo Bielsa's men enjoyed their lead for just four minutes, though, before Sociedad drew level when Griezmann nodded home Gonzalo Castro's cross at the far post.

Both sides had chances to get their noses in front before Sociedad made it 2-1 thanks to a bad mistake from home goalkeeper Real Fernandez-Cavada midway through the second half.

The 24-year-old failed to gather an inswinging Castro free-kick and Agirretxe took advantage to bundle the ball home from point-blank range.

That was in the 66th minute and 10 minutes later Sociedad all but finished off their opponents when substitute Vela, not long after being sent on from Agirretxe, clinically slotted just inside the far post from the edge of the box to make it 3-1.

Athletic pushed hard in the closing stages to try and get a foothold back in the match but they could find no way through as they slumped to a demoralising loss which leaves them six points above the relegation zone.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 25 24
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18