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UEFA Champions League

  • August 28, 2013
  • • 18:45
  • • Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Referee: D. Skomina
  • • Attendance: 28955
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Real Sociedad win Aggregate 4 - 0

Real Sociedad 2-0 Olympique Lyonnais (4-0 on aggregate): Vela double seals progression

Real Sociedad 2-0 Olympique Lyonnais (4-0 on aggregate): Vela double seals progression

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The Mexican striker netted two second-half goals to see his side into the group stages of the competition following their 2-0 win in France last week

Real Sociedad confirmed their place in the Champions League group stages with a 2-0 victory at home to Olympique Lyonnais.

The Basque outfit had claimed a 2-0 win in the first leg of the tie and two second-half goals from Carlos Vela dumped the French giants into the Europa League.

Lyon began the game brightly and dominated possession in search of an early goal to get themselves back in the tie.

However, they failed to test Claudio Bravo in the Sociedad goal and it was the home side who carved out the first clear-cut chance of the game.

Antoine Griezmann, who lit up the first leg with a sublime scissor-kick, raced through in the eighth minute, but fluffed his lines as his weak attempted chip was easily gathered by Anthony Lopes.

That opening gave Arrasate’s men some impetus though and Griezmann began pulling the strings.

Vela could only fire wide after the Frenchman cut a corner back to him just before the half-hour mark, before Griezmann himself had another effort saved by Lopes.

The former Arsenal man was then involved in the major talking point of the first half as he went down in the area under a challenge from Kone, only for referee Damir Skomina to book him for simulation.

And the 24-year-old could have made amends by opening the scoring a minute later but Lopes palmed his lofted shot wide.

Sociedad picked up where they left off after the break and Haris Seferovic almost grabbed his second goal of the tie on 49 minutes when he collected Vela’s pass, cut inside from the right and rifled a left-footed effort off the inside of the near post with Lopes beaten.

And Seferovic missed a gilt-edged opportunity to wrap up the home side’s victory shortly after as a swift counter-attack ended with Griezmann laying the ball across to him, but the Switzerland international could only side foot wide.

However, Sociedad did not have to wait long for the breathing space they were after as Vela put them three goals to the good on aggregate after 66 minutes.

Griezmann was again the creator as the former Arsenal forward met his inswinging corner with an unmarked header from inside the six-yard box.

And Vela saved his best for last, as he grabbed his second of the night with a brilliant solo effort in injury time that involved him beating two defenders before coolly lifting the ball over Lopes.

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