Sporting: Juan Pablo; Lora, Botía
(Sergio Alvarez 67'), Gregory, José Angel; Eguren, Rivera; Nacho Novo,
Sangoy, Miguel De las Cuevas (Carmelo 57'); Bilic (Barral 57'). 4-2-3-1.
Real: Claudio Bravo; Carlos Martínez, Ansotegi, Mikel González, De la Bella; Diego Rivas, Elustondo; Xabi Prieto, Zurutuza (Aranburu 77'), Griezmann (Labaka 89'); Llorente (Tamudo 75'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 02. Gregory. Got above defence to head in Miguel's corner on near post.
1-1. 11. Xabi Prieto. Shot past Juan Pablo after Llorente played on clearance.
1-2. 45. Zurutuza. From close to goal after first shot headed off line by defender.
1-3. 92. Aranburu. Got on the end of Xabi Prieto cross to volley shot past keeper.
Yellow cards: Botía 16', Bilic 17', De la Bella 33', Miguel 34', Sangoy 52', Barral 58', Carmelo 64', Llorente 64', Lora 66', Zurutuza 73', Carlos Martínez 85'.
Real Sociedad are ahead of local rivals Athletic Bilbao on goal difference coming in to next weekend's big derby game after a 1-3 victory at Sporting Gijón. The home side were in need of points and they started well, Gregory heading in a De las Cuevas corner with only two minutes gone. But soon afterwards Xabi Prieto equalised after Llorente played on a long clearance from Bravo, and on the stroke of half time Zurutuza gave the visitors the lead when the ball came back to him after his first shot was blocked. The Asturians threw everything forward after the restart, but with the final whistle approaching Aranburu volleyed home from a Xabi Prieto cross to put the game beyond their reach.