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Real Sociedad 3-1 Villarreal

Real Sociedad v Villarreal - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 First Leg Photo by Jose Ignacio Unanue/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Real Sociedad defeated Villarreal 3-1 at the Anoeta to take a significant lead in the Copa del Rey round of 16 tie, but a 2-0 victory for the Yellow Submarine in the return leg would see them through.

Not that AC Milan will ever have money to buy him anyway, but one hopes Mateo Musacchio and his agent will destroy any evidence of today’s action. Musacchio was beaten by Willan José for La Real’s first goal, turned sideways by Oyarzabal for their third, and missed an open goal in injury time which would have made the score 3-2.

La Real’s second was a thing of comedy or horror, depending on your point of view, as Jose Angel sliced a clearance and Asenjo and Mario Gaspar each thought the other was going to head it away...instead the ball fell between them and bounced right to Carlos Vela, who had the easiest goal he will ever score.

Villarreal’s lifeline, such as it is, came courtesy of a 77th-minute strike by Manu Trigueros. The 3-1 scoreline favored the home side, but unless Villarreal tightens up its defense between now and next week, and creates more chances at home than they did here, it’s hard to see us progressing to the final eight.