Real Sociedad falls in Monaco and will have to beat PSV to be able to move forward in the Europa League

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The txuri-urdin team lost 2-1 against the Monegasque team on the fifth day of the group stage. Imanol Alguacil’s men are only served by a victory on the last day to reach the round of 32.

Real Sociedad lost against Monaco (2-1) the party corresponding to the 5th day from Europa League and their classification to the round of 32 is complicated. To the txuri-urdin team He is only worth the victory against PSV in the last match from the group stage to be able to move forward in this competition.

Monaco (11 points) sealed the lead of group B, so it will be in the next phase. PSV (8 points) is second after his victory against bottom Sturm Graz (2-0), while Real Sociedad is in third place with 6 points.

In the first minutes of the match neither team was able to gain control of the ball, and Monaco gave the first warning in the 7th minute, with a shot from Ben Yedder from inside the area that did not find a goal. Real’s response came in the 25th minute, but Januzaj’s shot went high after the Belgian received a good pass from Aihen Muñoz. Two minutes later, Monaco recovered the ball in midfield, linked a quick play and Volland scored 1-0 after finishing off a Golovin cross.

It was very difficult for the txuri-urdin team to come out with the ball played and overcome the pressure that the Monegasque team made. La Real was suffering, and when it was at its worst, Isak tied the match (1-1) in the 35th minute, after receiving a good pass from Januzaj and beating goalkeeper Nübel with a subtle touch.

However, the joy was short-lived for Real Sociedad, as Monaco again took the lead in the 37th minute; Badiashile headed a lateral cross at the far post and Fofana finished under sticks to score 2-1.

The team led by Imanol Alguacil was more offensive at the start of the second half, and although it brought danger to the rival area, it was difficult for them to create clear scoring chances. Isak had the best chance for the San Sebastian team in the 59th minute, but goalkeeper Nübel deflected the Swedish forward’s shot and avoided the goal. Monaco remained well placed tactically, did not suffer too much, and waited for their chance to come out on the counterattack. That opportunity came in the 79th minute, but Volland’s shot from outside the area went over the crossbar.

In the 86th minute, Fofana was expelled, after seeing the red card for kicking Turrientes from behind. Real Sociedad tried to take advantage of the numerical superiority in the final stretch, and Oyarzabal was able to tie the match after a defensive error by the Monegasque team, but the captain’s shot did not find a goal and Real Sociedad fell defeated (2-1).


2 – Monaco: Nbel, Sidibé, Maripan, Badiashile (Disasi, min. 67), Henrique; Fofana, Volland (Matsima, min. 90), Jean Lucas, Diop (Martins, min. 74); Golovin (Matazo, min. 90) y Ben Yedder (Boadu, min. 74)

1 – Real Sociedad: Remiro; Zaldua (Gorosabel, min. 46), Le Normand, Aritz, Aihen Muñoz; Zubimendi, Merino (Turrientes, min. 66), Silva (Barrenetxea, min. 46); Oyarzabal, Isak (Sorloth, min. 72) and Januzaj (Portu, min. 74).

Goals: 1-0, min. 27: Volland. 1-1, min. 35: Isaac. 2-1, min. 37: Fofana.

Referee: Ivan Kruziak (Slovakia). He sent off Fofana in the 88th minute with a direct red. He admonished Maripán, Golovin, Nubel, Zaldua, Januzaj and Zubimendi.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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