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Sociedad lose to Alaves in blow to top-four hopes

Filed on June 19, 2020 | Last updated on June 19, 2020 at 12.26 am
Action from the La Liga match between Real Sociedad and Alaves on Thursday. - Twitter

They stay fifth on 47 points, two behind Atletico Madrid, who hammered Osasuna 5-0 on Wednesday

Real Sociedad's hopes of returning to the Champions League for the first time in seven years took another hit when they lost 2-0 at Alaves on Thursday as both sides finished the behind-closed-doors Basque derby with 10 men. 

Borja Sainz struck the opening goal in the 56th minute by prodding home a chested pass from Lisandro Magallan but had to wait several minutes before he could celebrate as the goal was initially ruled offside, then given after a lengthy VAR review. 

Sociedad's Joseba Zaldua was sent off for two bookings in the 81st minute and Alaves midfielder Tomas Pina was dismissed in the 87th, while substitute Martin Aguirregabiria sealed the points for the hosts by tapping in the second in added time.

Sociedad missed the chance to climb above Atletico Madrid back into the top four, staying fifth on 47 points, two behind Atleti who hammered Osasuna 5-0 on Wednesday. 

Alaves are 13th on 35, 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

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