Sociedad draw with Athletic in La Liga

Real Sociedad's players celebrate Real Sociedad's Spanish midfielder Roberto Lopez's goal during the Spanish League football match between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on April 7, 2021.

Roberto Lopez scored in the 89th minute to give Real Sociedad a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league in the second Basque Country derby in four days.

Real Sociedad beat Athletic on Saturday in the postponed final of last year's Copa del Rey, then equalised in the league match only four minutes after their rivals had taken the lead.

Athletic opened the scoring with a header by Asier Villalibre in the 85th, but Lopez equalised for the hosts with a remarkable curling shot from outside the area into the top far corner. It wasn't clear if Lopez was attempting a cross or a shot.

The result moved Sociedad back into fifth place with 46 points, 12 behind fourth-place Sevilla. Athletic dropped to 10th, further away from the European qualification spots.

Athletic will also play in the final of this year's Copa final, facing Barcelona on April 17.

Atletico Madrid have a one-point lead over Barcelona in the league and are three ahead of Real Madrid. Barcelona and Madrid play in the last clasico of the season on Saturday in Madrid. Atletico visits Real Betis on Sunday.

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