The Real society added his first win in the League (0-3) in his visit to Martínez Valero against a Elche in full construction phase that could not score in its debut in the First Division, a category to which it returns five years later.
The San Sebastian team completely dominated the game, although he could not decant it in his favor until the second part thanks to the goals from Portu, Januzaj, from a penalty, and Roberto López. Elche, despite their offensive limitations, had their option to engage in the game at two key moments, but found a very inspired Remiro.
Real Sociedad took possession of the ball from the first minute before an Elche retreated and who opted for a line of five in defense. The Alguacil team seemed to be in a hurry to decide the game and in just six minutes they generated two clear chances, but the Elche defense ultimately prevented Isak’s shot.
Elche, with many problems to get the ball and even without the Argentine coach Jorge Almiron On the bench for not having his federation file filled out, he appealed to defensive rigor to survive in a match in which Real felt comfortable, although his touch game almost always died in the surroundings of the Badía area.
The local team could barely stretch, although on the only occasion in which it was able to do so it was about to score through Josan, who finished point-blank a center from Fidel, forcing Remiro to clear with his feet on the same goal line.
Little by little Elche managed to better adjust its defense to close the passing channels to David Silva and Real became entangled in the defensive tangle of its rival. But the San Sebastian team kept knocking on the goal door again through Isak, who spurred the crossbar after a pass from Portu.
Everything was complicated for Elche a little more after Cifu’s injury, the only right-back of the squad, who precipitated the entry of veteran Nino to the field. Josan, a winger, occupied the position of lane, but Real did not know how to take advantage of the situation in what remained of the first act.
The Basque team recovered speed in the game and ambition after passing through the changing rooms. The Basque team again subdued Elche, forcing Badía to intervene after a header from Le Normand.
The full harassment, a fantasy pass from Silva ended up in the head of Merino, who forced Badía to make a great save. With little time to overcome the shock, Elche was surprised by a pass into space from Merino that Portu took advantage of to score with a cross shot.
Elche suffered the impact and was at the mercy of La Real for several minutes, but in an isolated action Nino won a ball to the defense and yielded to Pere Milla, who finished with pleasure in the mouth of goal, although he found again an extraordinary Remiro. It was a mirage, because Real Sociedad again took a step forward after the triple change ordered by Alguacil, who completely renewed his attack to increase the pressure on the fatigued home defense.
La Real definitively sentenced the game at 77 minutes, after a Luismi penalty on Januzaj that the Belgian player was in charge of transforming. Elche, despite the changes, had neither the strength nor the game to intimidate a Real who played at pleasure in the last minutes, rounding off the victory with a great goal from Roberto López.
0 – Elche: Edgar Badía; Cifu (Nino, m.31), Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Josema; Josan, Raúl Guti (Víctor Rodríguez, m.86), Nuke Mfulu (Luismi Sánchez, m.73), Fidel; Tete Morente and Pere Milla (Lucas Boyé, m.86).
3 – Real society: Remiro; Gorosabel, Aritz, Le Normand, Ahien; Guevara (Zubimendi, m.78), Merino, Silva (Roberto López, m.78); Portu (Januzaj, m.67), Oyarzabal (Barranetxea, m.67) and Isak (Bautista, m.67).
Goals: 0-1, m.55: Portu. 0-2, m.77: Januzaj, from a penalty. 0-3, m.93: Roberto López.
Referee: Díaz de Mera (Spanish-La Mancha). He showed a yellow card to Nuke Mfulu, Gonzalo Verdú and Guti, for Elche, and David Silva, for Real Sociedad.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the third day of the League played at the Martínez Valero stadium in Elche behind closed doors. In the run-up to the match, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Joaquín Serrano, head of the Elche club’s medical services for 17 years.