Sociedad beats Bilbao 1-0 in Basque derby to end winless run

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BARCELONA, Spain — Real Sociedad has won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao in a Basque Country derby to end its winless run and strengthen its hold on third place in the Spanish league. Cristian “Portu” Portugués scored the game’s only goal in the fifth minute. The victory came after a difficult December in which Sociedad had drawn three games before losing another three in a row prior to its visit to Bilbao. The three points moved it to within four points of second-place Real Madrid and six points from leader Atlético Madrid. Sociedad has played three more matches than the frontrunners.

Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press