Carlos Vela skillfully chested down a long pass before firing in Real Sociedad’s injury-time winner to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win at home over RCD Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.
Vela’s 13th goal in league play allowed Sociedad to rise into provisional sixth place and moved the Basque club closer to clinching a berth in the Europa League.
“This victory ... almost books our place in Europe” Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate said. “Vela wasn’t having his best day, but that doesn’t bother him and he is able to score a goal like he did. He is a player that makes the difference.”
Elsewhere in La Liga, Valencia forward Jonas went on in the second half and scored to secure a 1-1 draw at CA Osasuna, while Getafe stayed in the drop zone after a 0-0 draw at Levante UD.
Valencia must now shift their focus on preparing for their visit to Sevilla on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.