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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División
  • Willian José (3')
  • Juanmi (27')
  • Yuri Berchiche (77')
  • Elderson Echiéjilé (87')

Real Sociedad up to sixth with win over struggling Sporting Gijon

Real Sociedad remained on course for European qualification after seeing off struggling Sporting Gijon 3-1.

The hosts went ahead after only three minutes through Willian Jose's header and Juanmi doubled the lead in the 27th minute.

Yuri Berchiche added a third 13 minutes from time as Sociedad climbed to sixth and left their third-bottom opponents still five points off safety.

Elderson Echiejile grabbed a late consolation for the visitors, but it was far too little too late.

Sociedad made an ideal start when an unmarked Willian Jose met a right-wing cross with a back-post header. Goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar managed to claw the ball away, but it had clearly crossed the line.

Juanmi made it two, instantly controlling a lobbed ball into the area before cutting inside from the left of the area to make space for a shot and then wrong-footing Cuellar to score low inside the near post

The result already looked beyond doubt, but Berchiche made sure of the three points for the hosts.

Played in down the left of the area, he scored with a first-time side-foot finish with his left foot.

Echiejile's curling finish in the 87th minute at the other end was little consolation for Sporting.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 28 +46 66
2 Atletico Madrid 28 +20 56
3 Real Madrid 28 +17 54
4 Getafe 28 +12 46
5 Alavés 28 0 44
6 Sevilla FC 28 +11 43
7 Valencia 28 +7 40
8 Real Betis 28 -4 39
9 Athletic Bilbao 28 -3 37
10 Real Sociedad 28 0 36
11 Eibar 28 -2 35
12 Girona 28 -6 34
13 Espanyol 28 -9 34
14 Leganes 28 -7 33
15 Levante 28 -11 31
16 Real Valladolid 28 -16 29
17 Villarreal 28 -4 29
18 Celta Vigo 28 -11 25
19 Rayo Vallecano 28 -21 23
20 Huesca 28 -19 22