Victory continues to elude the Reale Arena. This evening, in a match that turned sour early, Real Sociedad fell 1-3 to Villarreal just before the crucial Copa del Rey encounter.

The game kicked off with a promising opportunity for Real Sociedad, as Brais' header was cleared off the goal line by the visiting defense. Soon after, Comesaña secured the lead for Villarreal with a headed goal from a corner kick. The txuri urdin had another good chance to score, but Moreno prevented Traoré's close-range shot after a good cross from Galán.

The second half had the worst possible start, as Comesaña capitalized on a defensive mistake, extending Villarreal's lead. Despite the efforts of Imanol's team, they couldn't reduce the deficit until late in the game when Merino scored in a triple opportunity. In the final moments of the match, Sorloth put the game to bed in a counterattack.

Another home defeat for a team that will need everyone's support for Tuesday's match. There's a lot at stake, the resilience of the Reale Arena must shine through. We are Real.

Match details:

Real Sociedad: Remiro, Traoré (Aramburu, min.46), Le Normand (cap), Pacheco, Javi Galán, Zubimendi, Brais Méndez (Merino, min.64), Zakharyan (Becker, min.72), Barrene (Olasagasti, min.7), Take, and André Silva (Sadiq, min.64).

Villarreal CF: Jorgensen, Mosquera, Albiol (cap), Bailly, Moreno, Coquelin (Capoué, min.84), Comesaña (Parejo, min.70), Ilias (Cuenca, min.70), Baena (Morales, min.84), Guedes, and Gerard (Sorloth, min.79).

Goals: 0-1: Comesaña, min.17. 0-2: Comesaña, min.47. 1-2: Merino, min.86. 1-3: Sorloth, min.95.

Referee: Iglesias Villanueva. Booked Le Normand, André Silva, and Zakharyan Real Sociedad and Jorgensen, Mosquera, Albiol, and Cuenca for Villarreal CF.

Attendance: 30,609 spectators.

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