Spanish Liga - Real Sociedad destroy Valencia

Real Sociedad dismantled Valencia 5-2 in a ruthless display at Mestalla.

Spanish Liga - Real Sociedad destroy Valencia

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Valencia Real Sociedad Zurutuza Soldado

Sociedad scored one goal in the first half and four in the second, with Mikel González, Alberto De la Bella, Carlos Vela, Diego Ifrán and Imanol Agirretxe all scoring.

Los Che were hindered when Jonas was given a red card in the 41st minute.

Vela scored in the 91st minute, assisted on Ifrán's goal in the 64th minute, also drew a penalty, took five shots and completed 38 passes. His favourite passing target was Carlos Martínez, with whom he linked up 10 times.

With 18 points Valencia trail Getafe by four for the final Europa League spot, and have compiled a record of five wins, six losses and three draws on the season.

Erreala are in seventh place, and in striking distance of Getafe in sixth with a record of six wins, six losses and two draws leaving them two behind after 14 games.

Match facts

Real Sociedad were able to convert their 59.8% possession rate into a victory. Real Sociedad's ball control tactics produced 17 shots, including 11 on target, while also drawing 13 free kicks from fouls and eight corners.

They also completed 451 passes and had 24 crosses in the win.The most effective of Real Sociedad's three substitutions was Agirretxe, who, after replacing Ifrán in the 78th minute due to injury, scored one goal.

The combination of Martínez to Vela was the most common during the match, as the two players connected 15 times.Xotos had 40.2% of the possession during the loss. Valencia had 10 shots, including five on target.

The four attempts by Roberto Soldado were the most of any Valencia player.Juan Bernat's 13 passes to Éver Banega were the most of any Valencia teammates during the match.

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