In a thrilling encounter at the Reale Arena, both teams fought tooth and nail, ultimately settling for a 1-1 draw. Sociedad’s unbeaten streak of 11 home matches in LaLiga remains intact, but the disappointment of dropping two points will surely linger.
Last weekend’s opening matchday saw both sides endure disappointing results. Sociedad settled for a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Girona, while Vigo, under the guidance of new manager Rafael Benítez, suffered a 2-0 defeat to Osasuna. Determined to kickstart their campaign with a victory, both teams entered the match with a sense of urgency. Sociedad wasted no time asserting their dominance, as Carlos Fernández’s header forced a save from Vigo’s Iván Villar within the first two minutes. Vigo, however, came close to breaking the deadlock when Hugo Sotelo’s skillful curling effort struck the woodwork.
It was Sociedad who struck first, thanks to the involvement of the highly-touted Takefusa Kubo. Despite failing to secure a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at Real Madrid, Kubo showcased his talent and justified Imanol Alguicil’s decision to bring him to the Basque Country. Kubo’s precise cross found Ander Barrenetxea at the back post, allowing him to head home and give Sociedad the lead. Just before halftime, Vigo’s Brais Mendez, like Sotelo, came agonizingly close to finding the net, hitting the outside of the post. Nevertheless, Sociedad could be pleased with their first-half performance.
Vigo, missing the creativity and end product of last season’s standout Gabri Veiga, persisted in their search for a goal in the second half. Their efforts paid off as they continued to knock on the door, with Álex Remiro making a series of crucial saves. Remiro denied Iago Aspas’ free-kick in a rather unorthodox manner and kept a close eye on preventing the ball from bouncing off teammate Alex Sola and into his own net. However, there was nothing he could do when Mingueza bundled home his first goal for Vigo. Although Benítez’s men are still in search of their first victory this season, the supporters will be hopeful that this result kickstarts their centenary season.
Mingueza’s injury-time goal salvaged a point for Vigo and denied Sociedad a victory. The match was a testament to the competitive spirit of both teams, with Sociedad’s unbeaten home record remaining intact. As the season progresses, Vigo will undoubtedly miss the creative influence of Gabri Veiga, but their resilience and determination to find the back of the net were evident. With this result, Vigo’s supporters will be eager to see their team build momentum and achieve success in their centenary season.