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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 20 51
2 Barcelona 20 47
3 Atletico Madrid 21 47
4 Valencia 20 41
5 Sevilla 19 39
6 Villarreal 20 38
7 Malaga 20 32
8 Eibar 21 27
9 Espanyol 20 26
10 Celta Vigo 21 24
11 Rayo Vallecano 21 23
12 Real Sociedad 21 22
13 Deportivo La Coruna 21 21
14 Athletic Bilbao 20 20
15 Getafe 20 20
16 Cordoba 21 18
17 Granada 21 18
18 Elche 21 17
19 Almeria 20 16
20 Levante 20 16