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Officially: David Silva joins Real Sociedad

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The 34-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Italy, with title challengers Lazio deemed as the favourites to land his signature.

But Sociedad confirmed the news that Silva has signed a two-year deal with them instead.

Lazio were increasingly confident in signing the midfielder, but the Serie A club were reportedly concerned about the deal being completed with Silva not answering their calls.

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Lazio star striker Ciro Immobile was convinced the Spaniard was coming to the Stadio Olimpico, saying last week: ‘Great player and great experience, we are waiting for him with open arms.

‘I can’t wait for him to arrive, before Lazio players we are Lazio fans.’

The playmaker has decided instead opted to move back to Spain, where he has not played since his time at Valencia 10 years ago.

Silva spent a decade at the Etihad Stadium, making over 400 appearances for the Premier League side, winning 14 trophies in the blue half of Manchester.

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Atletico finishes 3rd as Sociedad and Granada follows up

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Granada qualified for European competition for the first time in their history after beating Athletic Club 4-0, they will be joined by Villarreal and Real Sociedad.

A late goal by substitute Adnan Januzaj handed Real Sociedad a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on the final day of the 2019/20 La Liga season as the Basque side finished sixth in the standings to secure a spot in the Europa League.

Top 4 finish: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Sevilla
The draw left Atlético on 70 points, 17 behind champions and city rivals Real Madrid and 12 behind Barcelona. They will be joined in next season’s Champions League by fourth-placed Sevilla, who beat Valencia 1-0.

Granada make history by qualifying for Europe for the first time
Granada hammered Athletic Club 4-0 to nab seventh place and a spot in the second qualifying round of the Europa League – the first time the Andalucian outfit has qualified for Europe in their history.

Needing only a point to make it into Europe next season, Real Sociedad’s dream was almost shattered when an outrageously brilliant backheel from Atleti’s Álvaro Morata teed up the ball for Koke to blast home on the half-hour mark. However, a free kick three minutes from time by Januzaj somehow flew into the net, thus securing La Real a place in Europe next season.

Roberto Soldado got Granada off the mark in the 29th minute and second-half goals from Antonio Puertas, Carlos Fernández and Ángel Montoro helped them breeze past Athletic. They finished with 56 points. Villarreal had already secured fifth place in the standings and qualification for the group stages of the Europa League, while Getafe slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Levante to miss out on Europe, finishing in eighth place on 54 points.

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Final score: Sociedad 2-3 Granada

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Granada pulled themselves into contention for a European spot by beating Real Sociedad 3-2 away in LaLiga on Friday, snatching all three points with a late goal after throwing away a two-goal lead.

First-half strikes from Antonio Puertas and Roberto Soldado put the visiting side in charge but Sociedad, who are also targeting a Europa League berth after missing out on the Champions League, responded well after the break.

Mikel Merino scored early in the second half before Mikel Oyarzabal equalised in the 83rd minute but there was still more drama to come and Granada defender Domingos Duarte appeared at the far post to head home the winner with two minutes remaining.

The last-gasp victory took Granada into ninth on 50 points after 35 games, one behind Sociedad who are seventh and occupy the final European spot.

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Full details from Barcelona and Real sociedad’s match.


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MADRID 2-1 SOCIEDAD, RAMOS OFF INJURED

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Karim Benzema added to Sergio Ramos’ penalty as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday to move top of LaLiga.

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Real Madrid climbed above Barcelona at the top of LaLiga as second-half goals from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema clinched a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad. 

Barca’s goalless draw with Sevilla on Friday handed Zinedine Zidane’s men the chance to leapfrog their rivals at the summit – and they duly seized the opportunity with a hard-fought triumph on the road. 

Ramos put Madrid in front from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half, while Benzema added a second less than two minutes after Adnan Januzaj had a goal controversially ruled out for Sociedad. 

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2′ CLOSE! Vinicius’ shot wide out

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An early chance for Madrid, with Valverde making a run down the right and cutting a low cross back towards Vinicius, who is unable to keep his effort down.

21′ Yellow Card! Casemiro booked

Now it’s Casemiro who goes into the book, having been cautioned for leading into Merino with his arm.

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27′ Marcelo goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

A first real venture forward from Marcelo, who manages to get into Sociedad’s area. However, he is unable to get any power on his effort, tumbling off balance under pressure from a defender before he can make a true connection.

33′ CHANCE! Benzema’s shot denied

A first chance for Benzema to get a shot off, and he duly tests Remiro. The ball was worked into him in the area and, after a neat turn, he hammered a low shot goalwards which Sociedad’s goalkeeper did well to parry away.

50′ Penalty Goal! Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid (Ramos)

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The VAR check finds no reason to overturn the referee’s decision, and it’s a cool finish from Madrid’s captain, who slots into the bottom-right corner, sending Remiro the wrong way. Madrid lead 1-0.

60′ Ramos subbed off after getting injured

After giving the visitors the lead, Ramos is forced off due to that injury. He has been replaced by Militao.

68′ Foul early, Januzaj’s goal disallowed

Sociedad think they have levelled, with Januzaj having drilled in a brilliant strike from range, with his effort dipping into the bottom-right corner beyond Courtois’ reach. However, the referee has ruled out the goal, seemingly because Merino – who was close to the line but not directly involved in the action – was in an offside position.

70′ GOAL! Real Sociedad 0-2 Real Madrid (Benzema)

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The frustration is doubled for Sociedad, as the visitors race up the other end and score a second. Valverde lifted a cross into Benzema, who after bringing it down with his shoulder – though there will be a VAR check for handball – hammers in a finish.

83′ GOAL! Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid (Merino)

The pressure finally tells, with Merino thumping in a venomous finish from the left side of the area as the home side pull themselves back into it to set up a grand stand finish.

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Full details from Barcelona and Real sociedad’s match.

Barcelona will be looking to make it eight straight wins in all competitions when they travel to San Sebastian to take on Real Sociedad on Saturday afternoon.

The Catalans’ immense run of form has seen them climb to the summit of La Liga, with Real Madrid matching their 34-point tally after a similarly lengthy unbeaten run of their own – the pair, of course, meet in El Clásico on Wednesday night.

Despite their fine run and the form of Lionel Messi, the trip to the Anoeta Stadium will be anything but an easy one.

Martin Odegaard

Sociedad have been one of the surprise packagesof the season so far, currently sitting fourth in the table after a ninth-place finish last time out. The form of creative mastermind Martin Odegaard (three goals and four assists), crafty winger Mikel Oyarzabal (five goals and four assists) and prolific finisher Willian Jose (seven goals) have been key for Txuri-urdinak (yes, that’s their nickname) through 16 La Liga fixtures.

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Sociedad have no fresh injury concerns from the side that drew 0-0 with Valladolid last weekend, although Ruben Pardo, Asier Illarramendi and David Zurutuza are still unavailable for selection.

Central defender Robin Le Normand is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out. Meanwhile, Joseba Zaldua will be available having served a suspension of his own against Valladolid.

Arthur

Barça, meanwhile, will again be without the services of Ousmane Dembele due to a hamstring problem, while Arthur is still struggling to overcome an adductor issue.

Nelson Semedo remains absent due to a calf injury, although Jordi Alba is making progress in his recovery from a muscular problem and could potentially be involved this weekend.

Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez will all return to the XI having been left out of the side against Inter, but Antoine Griezmann should keep his place in Barça’s front three.

Head to Head

This will be the 51st meeting between the two sides, with the Catalans generally getting the better of Sociedad in the past. Saturday’s visitors have won 32 of the meetings while Sociedad have come out on top on just eight occasions.

Clement Lenglet,Mikel Oyarzabal

The Basque side have, however, proven to be a ‘bogey’ team for Barcelona in the past. The Catalans once went 11 years without a league victory at the Anoeta Stadium before breaking the curse with a 1-0 win in January 2017.

Last season, we saw Ernesto Valverde’s side win both encounters by a 2-1 scoreline.

Recent form

Despite their healthy position in the table, Imanol Alguaci’s Sociedad side have endured an indifferent run of form as of late – winning just two of their last six.

After tearing apart a sorry Eibar side with a second-half blitz which saw them score three times,

Ansu Fati

Their task will be even harder with the form that Valverde’s men are in ahead of this one, they’re playing that well that they can beat the leading team in Serie A with a second-string starting XI. Barça’s 2-1 win over Inter, in which La Masia graduates Carles Perez and Ansu Fati both scored, was mightily impressive and showed that Barca’s youngsters can play a pivotal role for Valverde as Barca’s fixture list starts to clog up as the season progresses.

While Messi’s been doing Messi things and Luis Suarez has found his goalscoring form once more, it’s also worth noting that at the back, Clement Lenglet has been excellent this season for La Blaugrana and Ivan Rakitic has enjoyed a strong resurgence since coming back into the fold against Dortmund last month.

Will Barça’s hot streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon? Quite possibly.

This is a Sociedad side that can score goals from anywhere; Oyarzabal and Portu on the wings both have an eye for goal, Willian Jose is a natural goalscorer and Odegaard is the ultimate technician who can hurt you from central midfield. They’ve also shown to be competent defensively as well – conceding just 18 in 16.

Antoine Griezmann,Frenkie De Jong,Ivan Rakitic,Lionel Messi

Overall, this is a tough, tough fixture for Barça with one eye on El Clásico in the week. But, their form and the fact that some of their key men got rests during the week means they should get something from this one. A draw wouldn’t be surprising at all.

Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona

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