GERONA, Spain – Girona FC had to come from behind on Friday to salvage a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad and extend their unbeaten streak.
The 12th round of the 2017-2018 La Liga season got under way before a crowd of just over 10,000 at Montilivi municipal stadium.
Sociedad jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute courtesy of Willian Jose.
Playing in his 50th match for the Basque club, Jose took a fine pass from Mikel Oyarzabal and beat defender Bernardo Espinosa one-on-one before putting the ball past Girona goalkeeper Bono.
The hosts seemed stunned after conceding the early goal and the pace and intensity went out of the match until the 38th minute, when Girona’s Pablo Maffeo let loose a low, hard shot that forced a save from visiting keeper Geronimo Rulli.
The teams traded chances early in the second half – Alvaro Odriozola for Sociedad and Johan Mojica for the home team – before the visitors sat back in the confidence that they could preserve the narrow lead.
With more possession, Girona began posing questions of the Sociedad defense and the payoff materialized in the 61st minute with Cristhian Stuani’s on-target header from close range.
Scoring in his fifth consecutive match, the Uruguayan striker boosted his goal total for the season to seven.
Stuani’s equalizer spurred Sociedad to action, but Bono turned aside shots by Adnan Januzaj and Oyarzabal to secure the point for the hosts in their debut season in the top flight of Spanish football.