Closer to the objective

The Champions League is within reach. The txuri urdin defeated Almeria (1-0) at the Reale Arena and, depending on Villarreal's result, they could be mathematically qualified to play in the top continental competition. A great goal by Kubo in the first-half stoppage time certified the victory against Almeria.

The match did not start as electric as the one at the Camp Nou. This time the game had more pause and although la Real was in the lead at all times, the match lacked scoring chances. Only in the final stretch of the first half, once Almeria were reduced to ten men, did la Real reach Fernando’s box. Carlos Fernández had a good chance, but, in a forced position, he sent his shot over. In stoppage time, Kubo cleaned the cobwebs in a fine individual move to put la Real ahead before the break.

The second half was completely controlled by the txuri urdin. The realistas enjoyed many chances, especially through an immeasurable Kubo. With the advantage on the scoreboard, la Real comfortably controlled the match and the intensity of the clash dropped a level until the final whistle. In the last minutes, in another good action by Kubo, Barrene sent the ball to the post instead of putting the game to bed.

Three more points to get closer to the Champions League. This team deserves it and it seems a matter of time to certify it, but we must continue until we achieve it. Aurrera, Reala!

Match sheet:

Real Sociedad: Remiro, Gorosabel (Aritz, min.82), Le Normand, Pacheco, Aihen, Zubimendi, Merino, Silva (Brais Méndez, min.20), Oyarzabal (cap)(Barrene, min.61), Take and Carlos Fernández (Sorloth, min.61).

UD Almería: Fernando, Pozo, Ely, Babic, Akieme, De La Hoz (cap), Portillo (Dyego Sousa, min.57), Samu (Eguarás, min.46), Arnau (Ramazani, min.68), Lázaro (Robertone, min.57) and Luis Suárez.

Goal: 1-0 Take, min.45+4.

Referee: González Fuertes. Booked Eguaras for UD Almería. He sent off Luis Suárez with a straight red card in the 36th minute.

Attendance: 31,574 spectators

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