He Villarreal hit the table at the Reale Arena where he got a resounding 1-3 before the Real society which allows Marcelino García Toral and his team to look optimistically at the future. increases the concern in the txuri urdin parish.

The match could not have started worse for Real, for two main reasons: on the one hand, a half-empty south end as a protest by the Bultzada animation group due to the two arrests of the Ertzaintza for the altercations that occurred on November 8 prior to the Benfica match; and on the other, a Ander Barrenetxea who had to leave the match due to injury six minutes into the game.

That did not cause the Txuri Urdin team to falter, as they were able to enjoy two good scoring chances, a header from Brais Mendez that he took under sticks Francis Coquelinand right after, a good lateral center from Arsen Zakharyan who did not find an auctioneer.

But La Real found a quick response from the Villarreal; first with a finish of Gerard Moreno inside the area very well repelled by Álex Remiro and, already in the ensuing corner, Santi Comesaña would finish with a header after a great assist from his teammate Raul Albiol. The royalist goalkeeper called for a foul in the action after falling to the ground, although neither the referee nor the VAR considered the claim.

He had no choice but to react to a Real team that once again conceded a set piece at home, just like against Osasuna, although it did so timidly, with arrivals without much danger to the groguet area.

One of the clearest chances of the first half for the Realists came in the 40th minute with a cross from Javi Galán with the outside that Albiol cleared just before Hamari Traoré could push it into the back of the net.

But the clearest one for Real came right after, with a shot from Zakharyan hitting the crossbar from almost the touchline. With that narrow yellow victory, both teams entered the locker room tunnel.

Upon return, the unexpected happened, and that is that a rude mistake by Jon Pacheco At the ball’s exit it ended in the best possible gift for Álex Baena who assisted his teammate Comesaña to finish at will and put the score at 0-2.

When we reach this situation, it is often said that we are lost in the river. Or at least, that was what the Txuri Urdin team conveyed, as they began to make their game more dizzying in the face of a match that was really going uphill.

The problem, as has happened to Real in the last matches, is that the reaction came late. Mikel Merino was able to close the gap with a shot after a series of bad rejections from Villarreal’s defense and goal.

The San Sebastian club then began to push its chances of, at least, tying the match in the six minutes of added time.

But it was precisely Villarreal the one who sentenced the match. The ‘law of the ex’ planned on the Reale Arena and a great counterattack by Villarreal landed on the right foot of Alexander Sorloth who had no mercy in pointing his gun at his former team. Sentence with a hard blow for a Real Sociedad that will play next Tuesday for a place in the final of the Copa del Rey against Mallorca.

Real Sociedad remains sixth in LaLiga EA Sports with 40 points, waiting for what Betis does in San Mamés; and Villarreal, for its part, climbs one position, placing 12th with 29 points.