First Division - Day 30

Numancia 3 - Real Sociedad 3

Numancia: Alvaro Nuñez; Iñaki, Antía, Soria, Octavio (Rosu 60'); José Manuel, Nagore, Pacheta, Caco Morán (Manel 50'); Iván Pérez (Ojeda 50'), Rubén Navarro. 4-4-2.
Real Sociedad: Alberto; Fuentes, Loren, Julio César, Aranzábal; Xavi Alonso, Idiakez; Tayfun (López Rekarte 61', Pikabea 80'), Khokhlov, De Pedro; De Paula. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Numancia: Caco Morán, Iván Pérez for Rosu, Ojeda / Real: Julio César, De Paula for Luiz Alberto, Jankauskas.

0-1. 19. De Pedro. Received short free kick and beat Nuñez from 25 yards out.
1-1. 23. Rubén Navarro. Following up after Alberto blocked Pacheta free kick.
1-2. 60. Khokhlov. Took ball in middle of park and ran on to shoot past keeper
1-3. 64. De Paula. From inside area after Khokhlov laid ball back.
2-3. 72. Pacheta. Headed into net from corner on right.
3-3. 79. Rosu. Volleyed past Alberto after ball headed down into his path.

Real Sociedad let their relegation rivals Numancia off the hook and ended up paying the price, dropping back in to the bottom three after climbing clear last week for the first time in almost six months. With twenty minutes to go Real were leading by two clear goals, but Toshack made the mistake of falling back to defend the lead and allowed his rivals back in to the game. Pacheta headed a goal back and Rosu levelled the scores, his first and only goal since his hat-trick against Real Madrid several months ago, and Numancia almost snatched a victory as Rubén Navarro and Antía (on loan from Real) hit the woodwork twice in the closing minutes. By then Toshack was not on the visitors' bench, the manager having picked up a second yellow card from referee Prados García for calling a linesman a coward when he raised then dropped his flag for offside during the play that lead to the equaliser.

Earlier Real Sociedad had dominated the play, despite having to put out a makeshift side with nine players missing through injury or suspension. De Pedro had given them the lead with a cracking shot (getting himself booked for celebrating), Idiakez hit the crossbar and Tayfun had gone close twice. But Navarro levelled the scores against the run of play after Alberto failed to hold on to Pacheta's free kick, and the teams went in at half time all square. Two goals early in the second half from Khokhlov and De Paula (who also got booked for celebrating) had given them what looked like a comfortable cushion, but after De Paula missed a chance to make it four Real lost their way. Toshack replaced López Rekarte with ten minutes to go only twenty minutes after bringing him on, and his side eventaully at least salvaged a point. They drop behind Racing on goal average, with Numancia once again occupying the bottom spot two points behind.