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2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Portu (55')
  • Adnan Januzaj (77' PEN)
  • Roberto López (90'+4')

Real Sociedad cruise to victory over Elche

Real Sociedad eased to a 3-0 win away to Elche in La Liga on Saturday, with Mikel Merino pulling the strings in their first victory of the season.

Sociedad were dominant against an Elche side playing their first top-flight game for five years. But they only broke the deadlock in the 56th minute when Spain international Merino produced a sumptuous threaded pass to Portu, who fired into the far corner from a tight angle.

They extended their lead in the 77th when Adnan Januzaj scored from the spot after winning a penalty, and Roberto Lopez adorned a stylish win by blasting into the top corner in added time after another defence-splitting pass from Merino.

Sociedad, who drew their first two matches against Real Valladolid and Real Madrid respectively, have five points.

Elsewhere, Valencia's early season troubles continued as they could only draw 1-1 at home to promoted Huesca.

Daniel Wass gave Javi Gracia's men the lead against the run of play shortly before halftime when his free kick from way out, meant as a cross, went straight into the far corner of the net, evading the touch of defenders and attackers alike.

Huesca, who had been playing the more intelligent and imaginative football, kept their composure and continued to test goalkeeper Jaume Domenech and finally beat him with a looping header from Greek defender Dimitris Siovas in the 63rd.

Valencia, who were beaten 2-1 at Celta Vigo last week and parted with several key players over the summer, have four points from their opening three games while Huesca have two.

Meanwhile, Alaves picked up their first point of the campaign after a goalless draw at home to Getafe.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 23 +29 55
2 Real Madrid 24 +23 52
3 Sevilla FC 23 +18 48
4 Barcelona 23 +28 47
5 Real Sociedad 24 +21 41
6 Villarreal 24 +8 37
7 Real Betis 24 -6 36
8 Levante 24 +1 31
9 Granada 24 -12 30
10 Athletic Bilbao 23 +6 29
11 Celta Vigo 24 -7 29
12 Valencia 24 -2 27
13 Osasuna 24 -11 25
14 Cádiz 24 -19 25
15 Getafe 24 -13 24
16 Alavés 24 -18 22
17 Eibar 24 -8 21
18 Elche 22 -11 21
19 Real Valladolid 24 -13 21
20 Huesca 24 -14 19