Monday 25 September 2017

Sociedad hit rivals for five ahead of United tie

Jamie Holland

REAL SOCIEDAD warmed up for their Champions League rematch with Manchester United by beating Basque rivals Osasuna 5-0.

Having lost 1-0 to the English champions in their first Group A meeting, they will be hoping to turn things around in San Sebastian this week and give themselves a chance of qualifying for the last 16.

Goals from Jon Ansotegui and Inigo Martinez gave Sociedad a 2-0 half-time lead, before Antoine Griezmann, Chory Castro and Haris Seferovic added the gloss.

The win keeps Sociedad in seventh place, just outside the European places as Barcelona continue to lead La Liga, a point clear of Atletico Madrid with Real Madrid a further five points back despite their 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano.

In Germany, Bayern Munich equalled the longest unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga by beating Hoffenheim. Pep Guardiola's side came from behind to seal a 2-1 win, their 36th game without defeat. Bayern only need to avoid defeat against Augsburg to eclipse Hamburg's 30-year-old record.


Leverkusen paid the penalty for resting key players ahead of their trip to Shakhtar Donetsk as Domi Kumbela snatched a late winner for bottom-placed Braunschweig to earn a famous victory. Dortmund dealt a 6-1 drubbing to Stuttgart on Friday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick, while Schalke prepared for their meeting with Chelsea by beating Hertha Berlin 2-1.

In Holland, Celtic's Group H opponents Ajax were dealt a blow when they conceded a 90th-minute winning goal to Vitesse Arnhem, with Valeri Kazaishvili's strike stunning the Amsterdam Arena.

In Italy, pressure is mounting on Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri, as boos rang around the San Siro during his side's 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina.

It was all too much for Adriano Galliani, the Milan vice-president, who was seen leaving his seat after Borja Valero scored Fiorentina's second goal with 17 minutes remaining. Milan slipped to their fifth loss of the season, and it does not get any easier with Barcelona awaiting them in the Champions League.

There are no such woes for Inter Milan. Andrea Ranocchia became the first Italian to score for Inter in Serie A this season as they beat Udinese 3-0. Napoli moved ahead of Juventus into second on goal difference with a 2-1 win against Catania.

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