Cancun native Carlos Vela continues to be the driving force for Basque side Real Sociedad. Saturday in San Sebastian Vela once again proved to be the man of the match as a late goal from the Mexican international was enough to sink former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre.
Espanyol fell 2-1 in the closing minutes of the match that was held in the Anoeta. The game was winding down and it appeared that Espanyol had grown content with acquiring a much needed point. But a stunning finish from Vela in the closing minutes of the match saw Sociedad revel in all 3 points.
Espanyol got off to an early lead at the hands of Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba. At the 23rd minute Cordoba wiggled by a defender and finished with ease past Claudio Bravos’s net. Sociedad responded a couple of minutes later when a shot from Sergio Canales was deflected by an Espanyol defender and into Kiko Casilla’s net.
Minutes after Vela came flying down the right wing and made a quick cross into the box hoping to find Canales. Canales’s tap in was right on target, but was accidently deflected by a sliding Ruben Pardo who was also hoping to connect with the cross.
The second half belonged to Sociedad. The Basque side was constantly on the attack and it was only a matter of time before it found the net. But, as the minutes passed it appeared more and more likely that Sociedad would have to settle with the draw. Just when the game appeared to be decided Vela reappeared to answer Sociedad’s prayers. With very little time left Vela was able to control a clever cross into the edge of the box before squeezing past two defenders and finishing past Casilla with his left foot. The crowd in San Sebastian erupted in ecstacy at Vela’s clever finish. And once again Vela proved to be Sociedad’s greatest asset.
Now, Sociedad is one step closer to obtaining a spot in the Champions League but is still behind Athelic Bilbao and Sevilla in 6th place. If Sociedad stays in 6th place it would be entered directly into the Europa League.