Real Sociedad regains sole possession of lead in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad broke the four-way tie at the top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Alexander Isak and Aritz Elustondo scored second-half goals to put the Basque Country club back in sole possession of the lead after 11 matches. It is three points ahead of Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Betis.

Madrid and Sevilla, which drew their matches on Wednesday, have a game in hand. Betis, coming off a win against Valencia, has the same 11 points as Sociedad. Madrid was held by Osasuna at home and Sevilla drew at Mallorca.

The win extended Sociedad’s unbeaten run to 10 straight league matches, with seven wins and three draws, including 2-2 at defending champion Atlético Madrid last Sunday.

Sociedad hasn’t lost in 13 consecutive matches in all competitions, with its only defeat coming in the league opener against Barcelona at the Camp Nou Stadium.

Celta Vigo, which has lost five of its six matches at home this season, stayed in 14th place with 10 points from 11 matches.

Isak opened the scoring for the visitors from close range in the 54th minute after video review intervened to reverse an offside call. Elustondo added to the lead after a corner in the 79th.

Atlético can enter the group of teams tied for second with a win at Levante, which is yet to win this season. The team coached by Diego Simeone has a game in hand compared to Sociedad.


Last-place Getafe remained the only other team without a win along with Levante after conceding an equalizer seven minutes into second-half stoppage time at Granada.

Former Getafe striker Jorge Molina scored the late goal for the hosts with a header following a corner.

Enes Unal had put Getafe ahead in the 36th.

Granada forward Luis Suárez missed a penalty kick in the 78th.

Granada, which has won only once this season, stayed just outside the relegation zone, five points ahead of Getafe.


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