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La Liga roundup: Real Sociedad win, pull level with Barcelona and Real Madrid (video)

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Real Sociedad’s last-minute win in Granada highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.

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Granada 1-2 Real Sociedad

Who would have thought that after 12 matchweeks, Real Sociedad were going to be in front of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in the standings and tied with powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid at 22 points?

Surely, Imanol Alguacil and his men were amongst the few who held on to the string of hope. Perhaps that is why their fourth victory in seven away matches came down to the wire.

With a 89th-minute winner from Portu, Sociedad edged a formidable Granada side 2-1 on Sunday.

 

Playmaker Martin Odergaard, who is nursing a right foot injury, was inactive for the visitors, but Alguacil’s late, attack-oriented substitutions proved to be the password to victory. Taking the field in the 84th minute, Adnan Januzaj contributed the match-winning assist.

It was the same Portu who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, ending Granada’s four-game run with clean sheets. Following a splendid 20-yard pass from captain Mikel Oyarzabal, the 27-year-old slotted them ball past Rui Silva with a right-footed strike.

Granada, who fell to sixth in what is a crowded top La Liga, responded with an eye-catching goal. Alvaro Vadillo lined up from distance and rifled the ball past an inattentive Alex Remiro, who saw the ball take a slight bounce before striking the back of the net.

With Leganes next up on the calendar, the new co-leaders’ chances of remaining atop take a big boost. As for league newcomers Granada, who have put together an impressive season, Valencia is the next opponent they’ll try to defeat.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Real Valladolid 3-0 RCD Mallorca

Villarreal 1-2 Athletic Bilbao

Osasuna 4-2 Alaves

Leganes 1-2 Eibar 

Celta Vigo 0-1 Getafe 

Belgium beats England through Januzaj

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Belgium slipped past England via a gorgeous Adnan Januzaj goal, his first for the national team, as the Red Devils clinched Group G with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

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The Red Devils will play Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday, while England meets Colombia on Tuesday.

Januzaj ripped a shot inside the far post.

Of the couple dozen shots in the match, evenly-distributed, there were precious few very good chances.

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VIDEO: Januzaj scores beauty, Batshuayi batters himself for Belgium

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Ex-Red Devil Adnan Januzaj has scored for the other Red Devils against England.

Go figure.

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The former England hopeful, now a Belgian international, scored a pearler in Kaliningrad on Thursday, giving Belgium a 1-0 lead over the Three Lions.

Make sure you closely monitor the activities of one Michy Batshuayi after the goal. You’ll thank us later.

Ka-pow!

Adnan Januzaj finds a new home in La Liga

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Once one of the golden prospects in the game and the subject of a high-profile recruitment war between national teams, Adnan Januzaj is leaving Manchester United.

Januzaj is off to Real Sociedad for a reported $12.7 million.

The 22-year-old scored four goals in 35 matches before his 19th birthday, but has since struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.

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He issued the following statement on his Twitter account.

Januzaj spent loan stints at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland, scoring just one goal in the 2015-16 League Cup.

He was last called up by Belgium in 2014, a year in which he earned six caps.

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland: Gray hat trick drubs Black Cats

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  • Gray nets hat trick
  • Barnes adds PK
  • Defoe ruins clean sheet

Andre Gray and Burnley emphatically defeated Sunderland to move nine points clear of the drop zone with a 4-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes added a penalty as Burnley moved to 23 points.

Jermain Defoe scored a consolation goal for Sunderland, which remains 18th with 14 points.

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Burnley had some early chances, with Ashley Barnes tempting goal even before his mate atop the 4-4-2 found the back of the goal.

Gray hit his shot through Vito Mannone, whose arm merely got a piece of the ball after John O'Shea and Papy Djilobodji both went for a 50-50 long ball with Barnes, allowing Gray unfettered access to the Sunderland goal.

 

Gray made it 2-0 after the break, busting through Djilobodji’s pullback to move around Mannone and push a long pass home. It wasn’t long before he sealed his hat trick, Burnley snaring the ball off a Steven Pienaar slip and Gray stroking home on the break.

Sebastian Larsson chopped down Canadian international Scott Arfield in the box, and Barnes converted the PK to make it 4-0.

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Defoe pulled one back for Sunderland in the 71st minute off an inch-perfect feed from Adnan Januzaj.

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