Real Sociedad defeat Athletic Bilbao 1-0

Cristian Portu’s early strike has earned Real Sociedad a 1-0 Basque derby win away to Athletic Bilbao in Spain’s La Liga.

Imanol Alguacil’s third-placed side moved three points clear of Sevilla in fourth, although have played three games more than the Andalusians.

Portu turned home in the fifth minute on Thursday after Mikel Oyarzabal, who returned to the line-up after missing five games through injury, swept a low cross to the back post.

Athletic, 12th, found it difficult to string moves together at San Mames and on the back foot, with their local rivals good value for the victory.

Alexander Isak struck the crossbar from distance for La Real and Unai Simon denied Oyarzabal.

Later on Thursday Osasuna welcome Alaves in the final La Liga match of 2020.

Atletico Madrid moved clear at the top of the table on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Getafe, while Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Eibar and Elche respectively.

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