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First Division - Day 22

Real Sociedad 3 - Mallorca 0

Real: Claudio Bravo; Carlos Martínez, Elustondo, Iñigo Martínez, José Ángel (Estrada 75'); Illarramendi, Rubén Pardo; Griezmann, Xabi Prieto, Chory Castro (Ifrán 80'); Carlos Vela (Agirretxe 75'). 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Calatayud; Hutton, Nunes (Antonio López 58'), Geromel, Luna; Tissone (Alfaro 75'), Javi Márquez; Nsue, Víctor Casadesús, Giovani; Hemed (Martí 33'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 55. Chory Castro. Following up after Calatayud saved from Carlos Vela.
2-0. 70. Carlos Vela. Picked up Pardo pass and fired shot wide of keeper.
3-0. 88. Ifrán. Controlled Agirretxe pass and turned shot in off defender.

Yellow cards: Hemed 05', Javi Márquez 25', 28', José Angel 38', Ifrán 89', Antonio López 90' / red cards: Javi Márquez 28'.

Real Sociedad are only three points away from the Champions League spots, albeit still in eighth place, after a 3-0 win over struggling Mallorca. The Basque side were on top right from the start, with Carlos Vela going close a couple of times, and they were given a helping hand by referee Juan Antonio Teixeira Vitienes, who sent off Javi Márquez for a second bookable offence after incorrectly ruling that he had handled the ball with just under half an hour gone. The goals though didn't come until the second half, Chory Castro opening the scoring against his old club after Calatayud could only push out a shot from Vela. The Mexican forward scored the second himself after picking up a pass from Rubén Castro, and Ifrán rounded things off late on with a shot which went in off a defender after Agirretxe put him through. It was a fourth defeat in a row for the Balearic Islanders, and the result may well signal the end for their coach Joaquín Caparrós, despite the confidence placed in him by the new shareholders.