La Real will play in the European competition for the third consecutive year, a milestone achieved only once in history. Imanol's side thus emulates the champion team of the 80's and, with today's victory against Cadiz (3-0), ensures its participation in Europe next season.
The txuri urdin started the match well and took an early lead with a goal by Sorloth. Silva provided a good assist for the Norwegian who beat Ledesma by passing the ball under his legs. From that moment on, la Real enjoyed their best minutes. Merino had a good chance to score with a header after a cross by Rico. In another similar move from the other flank, Silva put in a cross that Zubimendi headed over the top.
The second half started in the best possible way. Silva was awarded a penalty and Januzaj made no mistake from the penalty spot. The goal was a hard blow for Cádiz whereas the txuri urdin continued to dominate the game comfortably. In the final minutes, in a clever move, Portu caused a penalty that he himself transformed to make it 3-0.
Real Sociedad: Remiro, Gorosabel, Aritz (cap), Zubeldia (Pacheco, min.83), Rico (Aihen, min.83), Zubimendi, Merino, Rafael (Guridi, min.65), Silva, Januzaj (Portu, min.78) and Sorloth.
Cádiz CF: Ledesma, Akapo, Luis Hernández, Chust, Espino, José Mari (cap)(Alcaraz, min.60), Álex, Alarcón (Alejo, min.60)(Iza, min72), Idrissi (Lozano, min.60), Sobrino (Negredo, min.76) and Lucas.
Goals: 1-0: Sorloth, min.19. 2-0: Januzaj (pen), min.53. 3-0: Portu (pen), min.98.
Referee: Martínez Munuera. Booked Rafael, Silva and Zubeldia for la Real Sociedad and José Mari for Cádiz CF.