11/10/22, 3:51 AM
Sevilla, which was down to nine players, lost to Real Sociedad 2-1, extending their home league winless streak this season to seven games. This leaves the hosts with the prospect of falling into the relegation zone.
Due to the fact that this was Sevilla's and Sociedad's final matchup before La Liga concluded for the FIFA World Cup break, both teams wanted to end their seasons on a strong note. However, Sociedad took the initiative in their attempt to do so, latching onto Mikel Merino's beautiful delivery. Alexander Srloth took a touch to center himself before he clipped a lovely effort over Bono with his second touch.
As if Sevilla's evening couldn't go much worse, Brais Méndez quickly made things worse for the hosts. Two Sevilla players were expelled for strong challenges on Méndez: Ivan Rakiti was the first, and Tanguy Nianzou was mysteriously followed by him just six minutes later. Although Merino once more served as the provider, it was Méndez who had the last laugh before the break as he put the ball on a plate for Méndez to double Sociedad's lead.
Rafa Mir leapt highest to head Alex Telles' ball into the goal before halftime, helping Sevilla's nine players somehow cut the deficit in half. Even with their two-man advantage, Sociedad weren't finding it as easy as they might have anticipated to end the game in the second half, which was much less exciting. For Sociedad, Takefusa Kubo came the closest to scoring a third goal, but an inspired Bono stopped him. It's possible that he was enraged after previously conceding two goals.
Prior to tonight, Sevilla could boast an 11-game unbeaten streak in La Liga, but that streak was in danger of ending unless they could pull off something improbable in the last moments. Sevilla was never going to be able to tie the game with only nine players, and that proved to be the case. Despite losing, Sevilla is still above the drop zone on goal differential alone, though that could alter following Thursday night's La Liga games.