Real Sociedad ‘s dreams of returning to the Champions League for the first time in seven years took another hit on Thursday when they lost 2-0 at Alaves as both sides ended the Basque derby behind closed doors with 10 players.

In the 56th minute, Borja Sainz scored the opening goal by prodding home a chested pass from Lisandro Magallan but had to wait a few minutes for him to celebrate as the goal was initially ruled offside, but granted after a lengthy VAR analysis.

Sociedad’s Joseba Zaldua was sent off in the 81st minute, for two bookings. While Martin Aguirregabiria’s replacement sealed the hosts’ points by tapping in the second in added time, Alaves midfielder Tomas Pina was disqualified in the 87th minute.

Sociedad missed the chance to climb back into the top four over Atletico Madrid, remaining fifth on 47 points, two behind Atleti, who on Wednesday hammered Osasuna 5-0.

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Alaves are 13th in the relegation zone on 35, 10 points clear.

Sociedad remained fourth in the table when, due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the season was postponed in March but failed to win any of their first two games back.

They had more possession than Alaves, but their best opportunity came when Mikel Oyarzabal struggled in the first half to connect with an Adnan Januzaj cross.

The visitors had only one shot on target in the game while Alaves, managed by former Sociedad coach Asier Garitano, created a great deal of danger and took the lead. The lead was taken by the one who scored his first goal for the club. The lead was taken by the 19-year-old Sainz.

They came close to another when Lucas Perez hit the post and followed up with Luis Roja but was thwarted by Alex Remiro, the Sociedad keeper.

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