The Real society suffered more than expected to defeat, with goals from Aritz Elustondo and Mikel Oyarzabal, yet Elche who played practically the entire match with one less player for the expulsion of Raúl Guti.
The local team, which is struggling a world to triumph in their stadium this season, was armed with patience and was able to unbalance in the first minute in an Oyarzabal shot before Elche began to look towards Remiro’s goal.
Fran Escribá’s whole approach fell apart after 10 minutes of play, a late tackle by Guti was sanctioned with a direct red card after going through the VAR Cordero Vega monitor, who also admonished Verdú, which forced the Murcian central defender to measure a lot.
La Real saw a golden opportunity to take the victory, which in the current qualifying circumstances was worth half a European classification, and had serious goal options in the boots of Silva and Alex Isak against an Elche who lacked the breath to close all the tracks to your goal.
The first part was a monologue by the donostiarras before an Elche that defended itself as best it could and that he avoided conceding a goal by Monreal in the 26th minute, annulled to the limit by a previous offside by Silva.
The Basque team pushed even more in the second half, but the nerves and fatigue were beginning to take their toll and the aim was still off, as Le Normand verified on another clear occasion of overtaking the Blue and Whites.
The eleven from Alicante would practically give up scaring his rival and turned his field into a wall that returned everything that the Real sent him, either by air or at ground level and Gazzaniga hardly suffered to maintain his goal.
In the end the Real broke the resistance from Elche in a measured corner kick by Januzaj that the central Aritz finished off in a forceful way, with a head to open a victory that would confirm in injury time Mikel Oyarzabal with a great completion.
2 – Real Sociedad: Remiro; Gorosabel, Aritz, Le Normand, Monreal: Guridi (Barrenetxea, min. 46), Guevara (Zubimendi, min. 46), Silva: Januzaj (Portu, min. 86), Oyarzabal and Isak (Jon Bautista, min. 81).
0 – Elche: Gazzaniga; Palacios, Calvo, Verdú, Barragán; Josan (Piatti, min. 66), Guti, Mfulu (Luismi, min. 85), Fidel; (Marcone, min. 46) Milla (Rigoni, min. 85), Boyé (Carrillo, min. 66).
Referee: Lamb Vega (Cantabria). Direct red in minute 10 to Guti. Yellow cards to Guevara, Verdú, Borragán and Gazzaniga.
Goals: 0-1, min. 71: Aritz. 2-0, min. 91: Oyarzabal.