First Division - Day 10

Oviedo 1 - Real Sociedad 0

Oviedo: Esteban; Keita, Danjou, Martinovic, Boris; Amieva, Onopko, Tomic (Jaime 68'), Rubén Reyes (Bango 78'); Losada (Möller 80'), Oli. 4-4-2.
Real Sociedad: Alberto; López Rekarte, Corino, Pikabea, Aranzábal; Rubén Vega (Khokhlov 65'), Aranburu, Idiakez, De Pedro; Jankauskas, De Paula. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Oviedo: Boris, Rubén Reyes for Ivo, Iván Ania / Real: López Rekarte, Rubén Vega, De Pedro, De Paula for Fuentes, Khokhlov, Jauregui, Gabilondo.

1-0. 56. Oli. Lifted ball over keeper after Rubén Reyes won ball back and passed.

Oviedo recorded their fourth win in a row at their new stadium, sending Real Sociedad back down to the bottom of the first division. History appears to be repeating itself, with Oviedo continuing unbeaten at home, but only able to get one point from five matches away. This time it took a moment of class in the second half to clinch it, with Rubén Reyes, making his full debut in place of the suspended Iván Ania, laying on a pinpoint pass for Oli to guide the ball home. It was the local boy's fourth of the season, and he has really returned to form since going through a dry spell of over a year whilst in the ranks of Betis last season.

After toying with the idea of playing five at the back, Real's manager Periko Alonso finally opted to play a 4-4-2, with a twin strike force of Jankauskas and De Paula to make full use of their height advantage. He also brought back Javier De Pedro, and gave a first start to Rubén Vega. On a rainy night, the first half belonged to the goalkeepers, with Esteban in particularly saving from Corino near half time. Real were playing better than earlier in the season, but they could not break down the orderly Oviedo defence, and they could have gone two behind in the last minute when referee Ansuategui Roca ruled out what looked like a perfectly valid goal from Möller. After a shaky start Oviedo are now ninth. Real Sociedad are improving, but they still need to find their way to goal. When Alonso solves that one, they should rise up the table.