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Jan 14, 2019 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio Municipal de Anoeta (Donostia-San Sebastián)
Attendance: 17,301
Real Sociedad
3-2
Espanyol
Merino (3'), Jose (8' pen., 63')
Merino (75')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Naldo (32'), Llorente (45' og.)

Result: Willian Jose bags a brace as Real Sociedad edge five-goal thriller with Espanyol

Result: Willian Jose bags a brace as Real Sociedad edge five-goal thriller with Espanyol
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Former Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino was also on target for the hosts.

Willian Jose scored twice as Real Sociedad beat Espanyol 3-2 in a Monday night LaLiga thriller.

Real raced into a two-goal lead after only eight minutes, with Mikel Merino opening the scoring with a close-range finish from a corner.

Five minutes later David Lopez handled in the area and, after a VAR review, a penalty was awarded which Willian Jose converted.

But Espanyol clawed their way back into the game in the 32nd minute when Naldo headed in from a corner.

Then, in first-half stoppage time, Real centre-half Diego Llorente attempted to clear the ball after it came back off the crossbar but only succeeded in bundling it into his own net.

But just after the hour mark, Willian Jose tucked in a cross from Merino to secure the three points.

Real finished the game with 10 men after Merino was sent off for a second booking 15 minutes from full-time, but they held on for a victory that moves them above their opponents and within three points of the top six.

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