BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Carlos Vela skillfully chested down a long pass before firing in Real Sociedad's injury-time winner to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win at home over Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Vela's 13th goal in league play allowed Sociedad to rise into provisional sixth place, and moved the Basque club closer to clinching a Europa League berth.
"This victory ... almost books our place in Europe" Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate said. "Vela wasn't having his best day, but that doesn't bother him and he is able to score a goal like he did. He is a player that makes the difference."