‘Lee Kang-in’s best friend’ Kubo Takefusa (Real Sociedad) smiles after scoring the league final goal. The team consolidated its fourth-place finish in the league.
Sociedad won 1-0 against Almeria in the 36th round of the 2022-23 La Liga on Thursday (Sept. 24) at the San Sebastian Realle Arena. Sociedad celebrated thanks to Gubo’s game-winning goal just before halftime. The win extends their unbeaten run to seven games (five wins, two draws) and gives them the green light to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL), while further consolidating their fourth place in the league standings. The gap to fifth-place Villarreal is eight points.
Rising Sociedad dominated throughout against mid-table Almeira, especially in possession, where they enjoyed 70% of the possession. Although they missed three big chances and left a lot to be desired with their finishing, Gubo was the man to fix it. Gubo, who started on the right wing, rattled the net with a left-footed curling shot in the 49th minute of first-half stoppage time after driving the ball from the right side of the penalty box to the center. It was Gubo’s ninth goal of the season. It was his 18th offensive point of the season.
Local media also highlighted Gubo’s performance. “Gubo scored a very important goal in a very important win,” said Spain’s Marca on Thursday. 스포츠토토 “All nine of his goals came in the decisive stages of the game and contributed to the victory,” the publication explained.
In fact, after scoring just two league goals in the first half, Gubo scored seven in the second half alone. In particular, he led the team’s offense with three goals and two assists in his last five league games, including this one.
Meanwhile, Gubo has signed a five-year contract with Sociedad ahead of the 2022-23 season after leaving Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €6.5 million. His stats this season include nine goals and nine assists in 42 appearances. He has already set a new personal record for most attacking points in a single season in La Liga. He still has two league games to go to reach the 10-goal, 10-assist mark for the first time in his career. Next up for Sociedad are games against Atletico Madrid (May 29) and Sevilla (June 5).