The Real society ended five days as leader of LaLiga Santander by drawing goalless against him Valencia in a not showy party in which he lacked the ideas of other nights and in which the cards were left over, with Aritz Elustondo sent off and 11 cautioned.
José Bordalás had it very clear, hold back and wear down the donostiarras until they made some mistake that Valencia could take advantage of, but the locals were fine and the ‘che’ team had to run after the ball more than their coach would have wanted.
Merino and Isak gave the first scare to the Valencianists in an action in which they did not agree on the auction to the relief of Cillessen and then it was Valencia, after a serious error by Diego Rico, which Costa took advantage of, who put the local fans’ soul on edge with the subsequent shot by Portuguese Guedes.
Approaches with little danger were the keynote of a dull first half in the game, in which neither team made any shots on the opponent’s goal until Alex Isak appeared at half an hour with a left foot deflected by Cillesen in the best opportunity of the match in that period.
Donostiarras lacked a lot to be the team that has impressed this season, Valencia was still comfortable and put on the nerves of the fans ‘txuri urdin’ every time they approached the area, as happened with the team’s first shot on goal Levantine with Gayá putting Remiro to the test.
Oyarzabal and Maxi Gómez entered, both injured in the last month, to change the sign of the game, but the lack of rhythm took its toll on them and the changes would not have significance in the development of the clash.
Isak would take advantage of the greater vigilance on Oyarzabal, which gave him more freedom, to rush Valencia in a play in which he was left alone before Cillessen, He tried to define with a cartoon action and the Real lost the great opportunity to get ahead on the scoreboard.
There was no strength left for a San Sebastian team that lost in the last minutes to Aritz Elustondo by double warning, the scene changed and it was Valencia who ended up in the local area taking advantage of a numerical superiority from which they did not benefit.
– Data sheet:
0 – Real Sociedad: Merino; Gorosabel, Le Normand, Aritz, Rico; Guevara (Zubimendi, min. 59), Merino, Silva (Turrientes, min, 77); Barrenetxea (Oyarzabal, min. 59), Isak (Sorloth, min. 77) and Januzaj (Portu, min. 77).
0 – Valencia: Cillessen; Foulquier, Diakhaby, Alderete, Gayà; Carlos Soler, Racic (Musah, min. 77), Wass (Marcos André, min, 88), Hélder Costa; Guedes (Maxi Gomez, min, 66), Hugo Duro (Koba Lein, min, 77).
Referee: Melero López (Andalusia). Aritz was sent off in the 77th minute for a double yellow card. He admonished Guevara, Rico, Turrientes, Gorosabel, Gayà, Foulquier, Musa, Wass, Koba Lein, Costa and Alderete.
Incidents: 28,635 spectators at the Reale Arena. Before the match, Robin Le Normand received the trophy for the most valuable player of the month of October, presented by the historic center-back of the Blue and White team, Agustín Gajate.