Sociedad beat Atletico to move near the leaders in Spain

MADRID: Real Sociedad became the latest team to join the tight title race in Spain.

Taking advantage of two second-half penalty kicks, Real Sociedad defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday so that six teams are separated by only five points atop La Liga.

Forward Carlos Vela converted a 54th-minute penalty and striker Willian Jose scored from the spot in the 75th to give Real Sociedad its fourth win in five matches, and the fourth consecutive win at home.

Leader Real Madrid hosts Leganes on Sunday, and second-place Barcelona plays at fourth-place Sevilla.

Atletico remained third, and Real Sociedad was sixth. Fifth-place Villarreal hosts Real Betis on Sunday.

It was the second loss in three league games for Atletico, which scored at least once in every match since a 0-0 draw at Leganes in the second round.

Atletico had the league lead until a 1-0 loss at Sevilla two rounds ago, a result that dropped Diego Simone's team to fifth place. It rebounded with a 4-2 over Malaga in the last round, but missed a chance to join Madrid atop the standings after its loss on Saturday.

Forward Kevin Gameiro had a chance to give Atletico a 1-0 lead in the first half but his shot from inside the area struck the post in pouring rain in the northern city of San Sebastian.


Last-place Granada remained the only winless team after this home draw.

Granada equalized nine minutes from time thanks to an own goal by Deportivo goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton.

Granada goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save on a close-range shot near the end to keep the hosts from losing for the eighth time in 11 games.