BARCELONA, Spain – David Zurutuza lasted only five minutes, but it was long enough to score the opening double in Real Sociedad’s 5-1 rout of Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The 25-year-old midfielder volleyed Antoine Griezmann’s cross into the left corner for Sociedad’s second-minute opener, and a minute later he stunned Sporting with another shot from the right side of the area after Carlos Vela had played him clear.
“Those goals were just surreal,” said Sporting coach Manolo Preciado. “All the goals that they had missed earlier in the season went in today.”
But Zurutuza’s dream start took an ugly turn in the fifth minute when he and Sporting defender Gregory Arnolin collided face-to-face while disputing a loose ball.
Zurutuza was taken off on a stretcher, and the Basque club said after the game that he had a broken nose and will need surgery. Gregory tried to continue after cleaning the blood from his face but was substituted soon after.
Miguel de las Cuevas grabbed one back for Sporting two minutes after halftime, only to see Sociedad’s Gorka Elustondo tap in a poorly defended corner kick in the 75th.
Mikel Aranburu and Griezmann scored in stoppage time at Anoeta stadium to seal a win that lifted Sociedad four points clear of the drop.
“It’s a pity for Zurutuza to score the two goals in such good form and then hurt his nose,” said Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier. “We will keep him in our thoughts.”
Elsewhere, Malaga bettered Sevilla in an Andalusian derby 2-1 to break a six-game winless run, while third-place Valencia was held to a 2-2 draw at Racing Santander.
Malaga dominated early at La Rosaleda stadium, with Jose Rondon rattling the crossbar before defender Weligton was left unmarked to head in Santi Cazorla’s corner kick and give the hosts the lead in the seventh.
Sevilla managed to pull even in its first threat in the 15th when Alvaro Negredo deftly let a cross bounce through to teammate Antonio Luna streaking down the left flank, who converted his own rebound after goalkeeper Willy Caballero blocked his first try.
But Sevilla’s equalizer didn’t change the flow of the game, and Malaga quickly went back ahead for good on a breakaway capped by Rondon slipping a pass between three scrambling defenders for Seba Fernandez to scoot the ball across the goalline.
“We are all here to give it all, and we were able to convert the chances we had in the first half,” Rondon said.
Former Maritimo striker Baba Diawara debuted for Sevilla before halftime to replace the injured Jose Antonio Reyes.
Francisco “Isco” Alarcon left Malaga with 10 men from the 79th when he received his second booking for a studs-first tackle of Negredo, but Malaga held on for the three points.
In Santander, Valencia looked set to get its first win in four weeks when substitute Aritz Aduriz scored two second-half goals to cancel out Adrian Gonzalez’s early opener for Racing.
But defender Bernardo Espinosa headed home Racing’s equalizer in the 88th to split the points in a physical contest marked by another pair of scary head-to-head collisions.
First, Aduriz banged heads with Racing defender Christian Fernandez and had to be taken to a hospital after the game for memory loss. Then Racing’s Papakouly Diop and Valencia’s Mehmet Topal knocked heads with around 20 minutes to play, leaving both players temporarily unconscious. Valencia said Topal was taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was to be kept under observation.
Also, Granada coach Abel Resino got off to a winning start as his team moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Real Betis in his debut, while Getafe dealt Levante its second home loss of the season with a 2-1 win.
“The feelings are good, but we saw a little of everything today,” said Resino. “We’ve been working together for just a week so we can’t ask for big things.”
On Saturday, Real Madrid moved seven points clear at the top of table with a 3-1 win over last-place Zaragoza and Barcelona’s 0-0 draw at Villarreal.
Also, Fernando Llorente scored a hat trick to give Athletic Bilbao a 3-0 win at Rayo Vallecano, and Espanyol edged 10-man Mallorca 1-0.
Atletico Madrid is at Osasuna on Monday.
Bilbao visits third-tier Mirandes on Tuesday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal. Valencia hosts Barcelona in the other series’ opening game on Wednesday.