David Moyes denied victory in debut Basque derby

David Moyes was denied a win in his first Basque derby when his Real Sociedad side let slip an early lead and were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

Reuters| Updated: Dec 15, 2014, 11:26 AM IST
David Moyes denied victory in debut Basque derby

Madrid: David Moyes was denied a win in his first Basque derby when his Real Sociedad side let slip an early lead and were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

Carlos Vela took advantage of some slack marking to nod Sociedad in front in the third minute at a rain-lashed Anoeta in San Sebastian.

The home side failed to convert a couple of clear chances before the break and Oscar de Marcos levelled for Bilbao in the 61st minute when he volleyed a Markel Susaeta cross in off the underside of the crossbar.

Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte earned a second yellow card and was sent off 10 minutes from time and Sergio Canales almost won the match for Sociedad when his 86th-minute free kick clipped the top of the crossbar.

Canales had another opportunity in the fourth minute of added time but Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz was equal to his close-range volley.

Moyes, who took over at Sociedad last month, has presided over one victory, two draws and a defeat, which leaves his side in 14th on 14 points from 15 matches. Bilbao are 10th on 19 points.

Moyes won a mere three of the 24 Premier League derbies he took charge of as manager of Everton and Manchester United, drawing seven and losing 14 against Liverpool and Manchester City.