Real Sociedad moved up to 8th in La Liga with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Monday.
It was their first home win of the season and it meant Miguel Cardoso’s reign as Celta Vigo coach started with a defeat.
Mikel Oyarzabal scored the opener on 37 minutes from just inside the area after both Willian Jose and Juanmi Jimenez had missed from close range.
David Zurutuza powered the second in with a header from Adnan Januzaj’s cross two minutes into the second half.
Cardoso had surprised everyone by leaving top scorer Maxi Gomez on the bench. He came on in the second half to head Celta Vigo back into the game but they could not find the equalizer.
Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas was upset after the game about the state of the pitch. He slipped when clean through with the score at 0-0.
“We had the chance to take the lead but the pitch let us down. That goal would have lifted our morale," Aspas said.
“The state of the pitch for our first-touch football did not help. The pitch was not the best for the best league in the world.”