We had never beaten Real Sociedad in league competition at the Anoeta Stadium, and at half time there wasn’t any indication that we would this time around. But a stunning last quarter of the match turned this game around completely.
In the 12th minute the home team had taken the lead, when Perea allowed Griezmann to cross the ball and Ujfalusi unfortunately scored an own goal, although striker Joseba Llorente was credited with it.
The lead was justified, as Sociedad looked sharper and more determined in the opening half hour. Shortly after the goal Llorente slid in to try to make it 2-0, but he put it past the wrong side of the post.
In the last fifteen minutes of the first half, Atlético finally seemed to wake up. First Agüero shot just wide after an individual effort and then Mario Suárez headed over the goal after a Simão cross.
Still in the first half, Tiago forced goalkeeper Bravo to an amazing save and Forlán shot just wide of the Sociedad goal.
The first opportunity in the second half was for Sociedad’s outstanding winger Antoine Griezmann, but he shot straight at David de Gea.
Atlético then regained control over this match, but it didn’t lead to many clear cut opportunities. It wasn’t until the 60th minute, when Griezmann was surprisingly substituted and when Quique swapped Perea and Ujfalusi, that this match really turned around.
In the 72nd minute Sociedad took a free kick, which seemed to come off Tiago’s hands before Atleti launched a counterattack. Reyes beautifully delivered the ball to Kun with a majestic long ball, and the Argentine speeded past his marker into the box. Agüero sought out Diego Forlán who was waiting near the penalty spot, and the Uruguayan confidently struck it past Bravo to equalise the score.
Eight minutes later Agüero gave us the lead, albeit in an offside position. Diego Forlán passed it to Ujfalusi and the Czech delivered it to Agüero who only had to tap it in.
When Agüero also scored the 3-1 just two minutes later this match seemed done and dusted. Tiago launched a pass to Forlán and this time the Uruguayan assisted his fellow South American, who turned and scored with his left foot after Bravo had left his goal open.
But Sociedad got a lifeline when Simão made a mistake on the edge of his own area. The Portuguese tried to dribble the ball out of defence, but was blocked and Diego Rivas beautifully struck the ball out of a diving De Gea’s reach to make it 3-2 with five minutes remaining.
Sociedad sent all men forward and almost scored an amazing equaliser, but Zurutuza’s bicycle kick went well over the crossbar.
In the added time this match was finally decided. On the left side of the box Reyes skipped past two players and was then fouled by the third. The referee had no other choice then to award us our first penalty of the season, which was successfully converted by Simão.
Our goal total on the evening is considerably more impressive considering that La Real had only conceded two goals at home this season. Unfortunately for the Txuri-urdin, that total is now up to six.
This amazing comeback wasn’t only our first league win ever in Anoeta, but also the first time Atlético won an away match after being a goal down at half time in twelve years. With only five away matches won since August last year this should give us a big boost for the upcoming matches in la Liga.
Line-up: De Gea; Perea, Ujfalusi, Godín, López; Reyes, Mario (“76 Raúl García), Tiago, Simão; Forlán (“90 Assunção) and Agüero (“85 Diego Costa).
Goals: 1-0 Ujfalusi (o.g.)(“12); 1-1 Forlán (“72); 1-2 Agüero (“80); 1-3 Agüero (“82); 2-3 Diego Rivas (“86); 2-4 Simão (p.k.)(“95)