La Liga roundup: Cazorla strikes, Villarreal hurt Real Sociedad with comeback win (video)
Villarreal’s come-from-behind victory in San Sebastian highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.
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Real Sociedad 1-2 Villarreal
Santi Cazorla in the magician, the journeyman that keeps on giving.
The 35-year-old and longtime Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros both netted goals in the second half, as The Yellow Submarine pulled off a 2-1 victory over thriving Real Sociedad at Anoeta.
Sociedad, who remain fifth on the table despite the loss, edged the visitors in possession and passes completed, evident in their first goal scored by Willian Jose. The Brazilian culminated a sequence - with lots of quick passes and possession from the home side - with a simple touch inside the box.
Despite the dominance, Sociedad were unable to create abundant chances - a flaw that would, ultimately cost them the game.
Villarreal’s fortunes changed in the second half, as Cazorla and ex-Liverpool fullback Alberto Moreno took he field in the 60th minute.
The Spanish duo reinforced a side that was heavily leaning on Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze for answers. The 20-year-old was a standout for 82 minutes, leading the team in dribbles and most key passes completed.
Towards the latter stages of the second half, Chukwueze earned a penalty after a dangerous run inside the box, leading to Cazorla’s goal from 12 yards out in the 72nd minute.
Villarreal, who travel to Orihuela for a Copa Del Rey fixture on January 11, moved to ninth after the win with 28 points after 19 matches. Sociedad, on the other hand, look to bounce back as they take on AD Cueta in the same tournament on January 12.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Granada 1-0 RCD Mallorca
Alaves 1-1 Real Betis
Celta Vigo 1-1 Osasuna