Sergio Canales' last goal for Real Sociedad was against Las Palmas in December 2015. The midfielder made up for lost time with a breath-taking strike into the top corner from a full 40 yards out in this evening's Copa del Rey Round of 32 first leg against Lleida.
Canales' spectacular winner against Lleida
It was the crowing moment of a tense game. Lleida held on until the 32nd minute when Canales unleashed a thunderball strike which whistled past the outstretched hands of keeper David Oliveros. The hosts looked nervous after going a goal down but after a half-time talk from the coach, went out in search of an equaliser after the break. La Real, with a heavily changed side that included 20-year-old debutant Ander Guevara and Andoni Gorosabel, could have added to the score in the second period with Juanmi going close. Eusebio had said in his pre-match presser that the objective is to go as far as possible in the Copa del Rey and his team will take a one-goal advantage into the return leg at Anoeta on 29 November.
José Luis Valiente