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Atlético Madrid v Real Sociedad Live Commentary, 19/07/2020

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Koke (30)
H. Herrera (87 og)
Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano


As for Real Sociedad, their season is at a close - and at the last moment, they've come up with something to show for it. For those interested, Getafe's match has finally finished elsewhere - and a last-gasp defeat to Levante means that it is Granada who finish in seventh. It's been a pleasure - until next season, take care and have a good time!
Atletico Madrid don't have time to rest though, do they? Though they've booked their spot in next year's Champions League, they can still win this year's edition - and will head to Lisbon for a clash with RB Leipzig next month in that condensed season-ending tournament.
Adnan Januzaj's absolute pearler of a free-kick hasn't just rescued a point for Real Sociedad today - it has sent them to the Europa League! It's official - with results elsewhere, they finish sixth after the visitors came back from Koke's first half opener for Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone's side finish third in LaLiga, just where they wanted to be pre-match - and Imanol Alguacil's team have secured a return to continental football after two years. Full-time at the Wanda Metropolitano, it finishes Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Sociedad.
90' + 4' There hasn't been a pass outside of Sociedad's defenders and Moya in goal for the last two minutes. They're winding down the clock, both of them.
90' + 2' Atletico eventually try a lob over for Joao Felix but the Sociedad defence immediately latches onto it with a magnetic pull. Both sides are looking unhurried now - a draw of course will be enough for the former to finish third and the latter to achieve their European dream as it stands.
90' There's going to be five minutes of added time here. Atletico are playing it around midfield and Sociedad have every player behind the ball. It's pure defence now from the visitors as they look to keep hold of their precious point.
Nacho Monreal
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
90' Yellow Card Ignacio Monreal Eraso
89' Imanol Alguacil's heart must be in his mouth. Europe feels like the minimum after this campaign and his substitute may have just earned them a place on the continent. Atletico look particularly slack-jawed by that.
H. Herrera
Own Goal
Atlético Madrid
87' GOAL! JANUZAJ MAY HAVE TAKEN SOCIEDAD TO THE EUROPA LEAGUE! 1-1! It's a beautifully curled free-kick and Oblak gets a palm to it - but whether the power is too much or a slight touch from another player in the box switches its momentum, he can't keep it out of the back of his net. As it stands, Sociedad are going to Europe!
86' Januzaj gets sandwiched on the right flank, near to the Atletico box and Sociedad have a free-kick. You get the sense it's going to take something special to beat Oblak.
85' Now it is Moya's turn to get in on the acrobatics, as the Sociedad keeper fluffs his lines to allow Correa into his box, and subsequently pull off a fine stop to deny the Atletico man's finish. A corner follows and the visitors earn a goal-kick from it.
83' Portu! It's a glorious save from Oblak once again after a wonderful Sociedad counter-attack sees the former released into the right edge of the box. Fingertips deny the visitors and their corner is soft. What a chance that was.
82' Atletico will not wish to see this game escape them. They want that third-place finish. They're still pushing for a second, refusing to buckle.
80' 10 minutes on the clock. There's little getting away from it, this will be a gutting end to a season that looked so promising if Sociedad fall short of a European return. They're not quite into the last chance saloon yet but they're getting there.
A. Januzaj
Mikel Oyarzabal
Real Sociedad
78' Sociedad meanwhile add Adnan Januzaj in place of Mikel Oyarzabal.
J. Giménez
K. Trippier
Atlético Madrid
78' Atletico make some further changes now with Jose Gimenez on for Trippier.
76' Monreal! At the near post from a long throw, there's a half-chance but the Sociedad man can't escape Trippier's attention. Both sides now pause to take on water.
73' Le Normand is getting a little feisty in the box and, as a free-kick is turned into the Atletico area, the visitors concede a foul for a soft push on Llorente. The clock ticks on.
71' What the visitors really need is at least a point from this, something to assure them of sixth as other games stand right now. They hold a superior goal difference among their rivals and that could prove crucial if they can take something from this.
69' As it stands, Sociedad will not be finishing sixth and assuring themselves of a Europa League group stage berth, with Granada instead running wild against Athletic Club. If there is a silver lining, Valencia are losing - but Getafe are drawing, and they would miss out entirely on head-to-head if the latter snatch a point.
67' Monreal sees a tight shot pushed away off the leg of a defender and Sociedad have a corner. We're about to enter the last quarter of the match here.
Marcos Llorente
Álvaro Morata
Atlético Madrid
65' As for Atletico, they bring Morata's game to a close and replace him with Marcos Llorente.
M. Ødegaard
Real Sociedad
65' The visitors meanwhile also bring on Portu, replacing Odegaard.
Willian José
A. Isak
Real Sociedad
64' There's changes from both sides now as Sociedad replace Isak with Willian.
62' Trippier and Correa combine down the right on a wonderful break and the latter just spurns his chance, putting his finish wide. That's a let-off for Sociedad there.
61' Joao Felix pops up in the box for a neat delivery flicked off the left flank but he finds himself overpowered by the Sociedad defence. The youngster is a livewire presence at best though and adds another threat to the hosts' attack.
59' Merino pushes a pass through into the box for Isak to chase but it skitters past the attacker, earning a groan of frustration from his teammate. Sociedad have just over half-an-hour to find a response on the scoresheet.
João Félix
Atlético Madrid
56' Lastly, Vitola makes way for Atletico and Joao Felix enters the fray.
Y. Carrasco
Diego Costa
Atlético Madrid
56' The hosts make a second swap, with Yannick Carrasco on for Costa.
Á. Correa
T. Partey
Atlético Madrid
56' Indeed, Atletico make their first change as Angel Correa replaces Partey.
55' Partey is down on the turf after a challenge now and although he looks fine to continue, Simeone looks set to ring the changes.
53' That could have been a screamer! Ander Barrenetxea nearly finds the equaliser Sociedad are looking for, going close with a volley as he latches onto a floated pass near the right post.
49' Down the other end, Costa attempts to scissor-kick a second goal in for the hosts and instead puts the ball somewhere out of play. Ambitious, but not quite the ticket Atletico were looking for there.
47' What an absolute screamer of a save from Oblak! Odegaard lets loose with an absolute zinger of an effort outside the box and the keeper lands a one-handed stop on it to deny the visitors an equaliser.
Diego Llorente
Real Sociedad
46' The visitors have made a change too with Aritz Elustondo on for Llorente, while Ander Barrenetxea also enters the arena.
46' We're back underway at Wanda Metropolitano. Can Atletico see this one out or can Sociedad wrestle back a result to assure themselves of a Europa League berth?
Diego Simeone won't have too many complaints there, it must be said, but he may want to look at that right-back area that the visitors are favouring. If they're going to grab a goal, that spot seems to be their opening.
Koke's close-range effort is the difference at the break at Wanda Metropolitano, as Atletico Madrid hold onto a slender lead in what has been a lively encounter between two top-seven sides on LaLiga's final day of the season. Real Sociedad will still feel like they have a chance, with what they've shown so far - but the odds are stacked against them at a goal down. At half-time, it's Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Sociedad.
T. Partey
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
45' + 3' Partey comes in late on Merino and is booked in sharp order. There's time for a free-kick to fly downfield but not much else as the half comes to a close.
45' Gorosabel is felled now, near where Isak was penalised only a moment before and Sociedad pump the free-kick in. Koke looks to be the man who clears his mark successfully and Atletico whip the ball back downfield. There will be three added minutes here.
43' Isak gets pinged for a foul out on the right edge as he tries to wrestle back possession and Atletico get an easy free-kick to take off the pressure at the back for now.
41' Atletico will be rather happy with the first 40 minutes they've orchestrated here and they've been good value for their lead. The trick will be closing down those avenues Sociedad are still cutting through.
39' Sociedad snatch a corner out on the left after Herrera nudges a cross out of play, but neither side makes much of the set-piece curled in, with Atletico ultimately taking it away from their danger zone.
37' The visitors try a new tack now, taking the right wing instead of the left, but the ball swept into the box instead comes from a defensive back-pass by Lodi.
35' Play is back underway now as Sociedad look to make a response.
32' The teams take a breather now, with both sides splitting off for water breaks on opposite sides of the halfway line.
Álvaro Morata
Atlético Madrid
30' Morata gets the assist with a little touch but that will be more frustrating to Sociedad, having failed to clear the ball away from danger in the air. That's a blow to their hopes if other results are not going their way.
Atlético Madrid
30' GOAL! KOKE FOR ATLETICO! It's a captain's goal to open the scoring here, in a cluttered box where the ball skips around from its initial delivery into the area and ultimately falls to his feet. He turns on a dime and drills it past Moya. 1-0 to the hosts.
28' Do Atletico have one eye on next month, perhaps? Having dumped Liverpool out of the Champions League, they are assured of a place in that madcap mini-tournament in Lisbon that will decide the campaign. Koke makes a quick break though that suggests they're not cruising this one either.
26' Once more, Sociedad break down that left flank and it is Savic who clips away the speculative ball flicked into the box for Odegaard to hunt down. The visitors are perhaps getting through that particular part of the field too easily for the hosts.
24' Atletico can still miss out on third of course, with Sevilla breathing down their back - but the impact in terms of next season is minimal, with the club still assured of a Champions League berth. Sociedad seem to perhaps have a little more drive with a quarter of the game gone.
22' Play has settled into midfield for the moment, with Sociedad leaning on the Atletico defence more than anything else, without quite finding a way through. Both sides have taken their foot off the pedal for a moment.
20' Moya goes in low to sweep the ball away from beneath Morata's feet, as the striker dances his way into the box chasing a throughball. It's a brave bit of keeping and Sociedad preserve a clean sheet with his contribution.
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
18' Gorosabel makes a particularly choppy challenge and picks up the first booking of the match for his troubles.
17' Nacho and Isak nearly unlock the first goal of the game with a lovely one-two but the former's finish goes straight to Oblak. The visitors are looking particularly sparky and once again favour that left edge in their latest move.
15' Morata up front takes a slight tumble as he encroaches on the Sociedad box but he pulls no foul and resulting free-kick. Play continues on.
13' It's been very back-and-forth so far, but there's still the sense that - when the ball falls into either box - it's Atletico who are going to come up on top so far. Diego Simeone is enjoying what he's seeing so far, by the looks of things.
11' There's some remonstrations now from the referee following an attempted scissor-kick and follow-up finish from Isak in the box, namely with Atletico's defenders. Either way, it's a goal-kick for the hosts in the end.
9' Sociedad are very fond of that left flank so far, directing their efforts into the area marked out by right-back Trippier. The England international is coping so far, but sustained attack in that area could see him come unstuck.
7' It's been an open game so far, as Lodi hooks a ball across the face of the Sociedad box. Both sides have come out with the impression they have something to play for. This could be a cracker.
5' Early end-to-end stuff! Isak cuts around four Atletico men on a run down the left wing, though he cannot muster a serious shot, and down the other end, Morata hooks an effort from outside the box just around the far post.
3' An early press down the left flank from the visitors forces Oblak to come to the edge of his box, but the keeper is untroubled on the whole. It's a rather toasty 31 degree celsius in Madrid right now, for those who may be interested.
1' We are underway in this Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad!
We're just over five minutes away from kick-off and the teams will be preparing to take to the pitch for the last time this season in LaLiga. Sociedad know this - their fate lies squarely in their own hands.
Atletico will be looking for a modicum of vengeance today, of course, having lost the reverse fixture way back in September last year, near the dawn of the season. On that occasion, goals from Martin Odegaard and Nacho Monreal did the job for the hosts - and they will hope to pull off such a feat again in their opponents' back yard.
Subs: Alex Remiro, Joseba Zaldua, Aritz Elustondo, Portu, Willian Jose, Adnan Januzaj, Aihen Munoz, David Zurutuza, Ander Barrenetxea, Fernando Pacheco Flores, Javi Lopez, Andoni Zubiaurre.
REAL SOCIEDAD (4-5-1): Miguel Angel Moya; Andoni Gorosabel, Diego Llorente, Robin Le Normand, Nacho Monreal; Martín Zubimendi, Igor Zubeldia, Martin Odegaard, Mikel Merino, Mikel Oyarzabal; Alexander Isak.
Subs: Antonio Adan, Jose Gimenez, Santiago Arias, Thomas Lemar, Marcos Llorente, Yannick Carrasco, Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Ivan Saponjic.
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi; Koke, Hector Herrera, Thomas Partey, Vitolo; Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata.
Imanol Alguacil's side however arguably need the three points more than their hosts do, with a prospective place in continental football at stake. Sociedad sit in sixth, heading into the final match of the campaign here - but defeat would open the door for Getafe, Valencia or Granada to usurp their spot.
Diego Simeone's side have been a distant third-place challenger to the duality of Real Madrid and Barcelona this term, but they've not been a slouch either - and with the promise of a hectic Champions League finale to come, the Rojiblancos will be looking to warm up in style in their last home game of the campaign and seal that top-three spot.
Hello and welcome to the final day of LaLiga's 2019-20 season, as Atletico Madrid look to cap off their domestic campaign on a high against Europa League-chasing Real Sociedad at Wanda Metropolitano.