Espanyol 1-2 Real Sociedad: Asier Illarramendi nets stunning winner as La Real move up to fourth
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 10/02/17 10:43pm
Asier Illarramendi scored a stunning winner as Real Sociedad moved above Atletico Madrid into fourth place in La Liga on Friday night with a 2-1 victory at Espanyol.
Carlos Vela opened the scoring for the visitors in the 26th minute, controlling a fine pass from David Zurutuza and neatly slotting a left-footed finish past Diego Lopez.
The lead was short-lived, with Hernan Perez cutting inside to evade defenders Yuri Berchiche and Inigo Martinez before coolly side-footing home.
But Illarramendi restored Sociedad's advantage just after the hour mark with a brilliant solo goal. Having picked up possession level with the centre-circle, he advanced and unleashed a wonderful curling effort which left Lopez flat-footed.
The result lifted Sociedad into the top four at the expense of Atletico, who host Celta Vigo on Sunday evening live on Sky Sports. Espanyol stayed eighth.