Honours were even at Cornella El-Prat as Espanyol and Real Sociedad shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw, a result that did neither side any favours.
Espanyol have seen their European hopes hit in recent weeks after taking two points from the last nine available, while last week’s 4-0 hammering of Rayo Vallecano had got Real Sociedad back on track after three successive defeats. It was the Basques, therefore, who got off to a dream start within the opening 15 minutes when Philippe Montanier’s team found themselves two goals to the good courtesy of Mexican midfielder Carlos Vela.
Firstly, the on-loan Arsenal man drilled a long-range shot into the top corner after 12 minutes and just three minutes later he chipped goalkeeper Francisco Casilla from inside the area after good work from David Zurutuza. A shell-shocked Espanyol took some time to recover from the early setbacks and struggled to get a foothold in the game, yet they were thrown a lifeline one minute before half-time when defender Vadim Demidov diverted the ball into his own net.
The Catalans then drew level two minutes into the second half through Vladimir Weiss, whose fierce shot seemed to take a deflection off Kalu Uche and surprised keeper Claudio Bravo. With both sides searching for a winner, Uche and Ra