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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 14,575) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Espanyol Espanyol vs Real Sociedad Sociedad

Espanyol 1

J Cordoba (31)

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Sociedad 2

A Griezmann (69)
C Stuani (og 89)

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Sociedad comeback stuns Espanyol

Last Updated: 30/11/13 11:27pm

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Real Sociedad celebrate after Christian Stuani's own goal

Real Sociedad celebrate after Christian Stuani's own goal

Real Sociedad launched a second-half comeback at Estadi Cornella-El Prat to prevail 2-1 against Espanyol on Saturday night.

Jhon Cordoba had given the hosts the lead just after the half-hour mark with a neat finish.

The game was turned on its head after the interval, though, as Antoine Griezmann headed an equaliser and then Christian Stuani miscued his attempted clearance into his own net a minute from time to hand the visitors the win.

The result lifted Sociedad up a place to sixth in the Primera Division standings and left Espanyol ninth.

Sociedad mustered the best chance of the first quarter on 18 minutes when Carlos Vela's header played in Imanol Agirretxe, who got away a sharp left-footed shot on the edge of the six-yard box but was denied by the outstretched left leg of Espanyol goalkeeper Francisco Casilla.

Two minutes later Casilla pulled off another fine save low to his left from an Agirretxe header, before realising the flag had been raised for offside anyway.

Espanyol went within inches of opening the scoring in the 25th minute when Sergio Garcia played in David Lopez. He stayed on his feet when it seemed he may have been being tugged back by Javier Ros, but his honesty was not rewarded as his little dink over Claudio Bravo trickled just wide.

The home fans were cheering the game's first goal six minutes later, though. Hector Moreno supplied the ball from the back and Sergio Garcia's dummy allowed it to run through for Cordoba, who closed in on goal and coolly slotted past Bravo.

It could have been even better for the Barcelona outfit before half-time when Sergio Garcia's first-time effort arrowed towards the bottom-right corner, but Bravo turned it away and they had to settle for a one-goal interval lead.

Sociedad raised their tempo after the break and had Espanyol on the back foot, although the hosts were not helped by the loss through injury of goalscorer Cordoba.

Alberto De la Bella's left-footed attempt was tipped around the post by Casilla in the 65th minute.

And, four minutes later they were level, when Casilla flapped at a Vela cross from the right and Griezmann nodded into an empty net.

It looked like the points would be shared, but, a minute from time, Sociedad nicked all three - in bizarre fashion.

From a short corner, Ruben Pardo sent in a cross which was horribly miscued by Stuani and the ball spun past a helpless Casilla.

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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

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