Keeper blunder costs Sociedad in derby

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A goalkeeping howler has cost Real Sociedad victory in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Alex Remiro was back in the starting lineup despite Socceroos No.1 Mat Ryan's man-of-the-match performance in the team's 2-0 win over Celta Vigo in the previous La Liga round.

Players from both teams went over to console the Sociedad shot-stopper after the final whistle.

Remiro's attempted punch at a stoppage-time free kick taken by Iker Muniain, allowed 10-man Bilbao to salvage a 1-1 draw.

"I went there to support him," Bilbao captain Muniain said.

"I wanted to give him my love. This (mistake) shouldn't be a big deal."

The victory at home would have given Sociedad a three-point lead at the top, but instead they are only one in front of Real Madrid and Sevilla, and have played an extra game.

"It's a shame to concede like that at the end of a derby," Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil said.

"Alex has to keep his head high, he kept us in the game until the end and I'm very happy with the great season that he is having so far."

Alexander Isak scored Sociedad's goal by converting a 58th-minute penalty kick.

Bilbao, who stayed in eighth place, played with 10 men from the 84th after Inigo Martinez was sent off for a second yellow card.

The result extended Sociedad's unbeaten run to 11 straight league matches. They haven't lost in 14 consecutive matches in all competitions, with their only defeat coming in the league opener at Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid put an end to their winless streak by beating Real Betis 3-0 to moved within three points of Sociedad.

Atletico got on the board with goals from Yannick Carrasco and Joao Felix, and an own-goal by Betis defender German Pezzella under heavy rain at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. It was its first win after consecutive draws against Levante and Sociedad in the league and a loss to Liverpool in the Champions League.

"It was very important not to concede any goals to boost our confidence on defence going into the match against Liverpool (in the Champions League midweek)," Carrasco said.

Betis, who had won five of their last six league matches, are a point behind Atletico and have played an extra game.

Elsewhere, Mallorca drew 1-1 at Cadiz and Enes Unal opened the scoring with a bicycle kick in the first half and netted the winner after the interval as Getafe beat Espanyol 2-1 for their first win in 12 matches this season.

The Madrid club, still in last place, had started with seven straight losses. The only winless team remaining in the league is Levante, who host Granada on Monday.

With AP.

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