First Division - Day 26

Real Sociedad 3 - Mallorca 1

Real Sociedad: Bravo; Gerardo, Mikel González, Víctor López, Garrido; Xabi Prieto, Garitano, Aranburu (Ansotegi 75'), Savio; Herrera (Mikel Alonso 63'), Kovacevic (Díaz de Cerio 80'). 4-4-2.
Mallorca: Moyà; Varela, Ballesteros, Ramis, Dorado (Jordi López 68'); Jonás Gutiérrez, Pereyra, Ibagaza, Jankovic (Maxi López 68'); Víctor, Arango. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Real: Savio for Mikel Alonso / Mallorca: Ramis, Dorado for Nunes, Fernando Navarro.

1-0. 26. Savio. Picked up square pass from Xabi Prieto and forced shot in off post.
2-0. 39. Ibagaza. Ran on past two defenders before shooting low past Bravo.
2-1. 45. Kovacevic. Controlled long ball with back to goal and turned to beat Moyà.
3-1. 95. Xabi Prieto. Picked up ball inside area and rounded two men to score.

The battle to avoid the relegation spots is hotting up after the bottom two clubs both won. Real Sociedad followed in the footsteps of Nàstic, recording their first victory since the beginning of January after beating Mallorca 3-1.

The first chance fell to Ibagaza, but Herrera missed a couple of opportunities before Savio got on the end of Xabi Prieto's pass to squeeze a shot under the legs of a couple of players and in to the net off the post. It was the ex Real Madrid and Zaragoza midfielder's first goal since joining the club in the winter.

The lead only lasted a few minutes though before Ibagaza equalised with an impressive shot from outside of the area. But with the first half coming to a close, Kovacevic put his side back in front after collecting the ball on his chest and turning past Ballesteros before beating Moyà, his first goal in almost 17 months.

Kovacevic headed just wide following a corner soon after the restart, but his side suffered a blow when Mikel González was sent off for a second bookable offence. Mallorca came out looking for the equaliser and forced Bravo in to a couple of good saves. But with the crowd whistling for full time, Xabi Prieto got away on a counter-attack, rounded Ramis and slipped a shot past Moyà to tie up what was only their third victory of the season.