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Real Sociedad held by Girona in Liga opener

Real Sociedad forward Umar Sadiq (left) and Girona defender Bernardo Espinosa vie for a header. Photo: Ander Gillenea/AFP

Real Sociedad were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Girona on Saturday as they opened their La Liga campaign.

The Basque side, who finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League, were on top throughout but were pegged back after taking the lead early on.

Takefusa Kubo sent Real Sociedad ahead with a low finish from Aihen Munoz’s cut-back after just five minutes.

However Girona debutant Artem Dovbyk levelled a few minutes after coming on from the bench, set up by Ukrainian compatriot Viktor Tsygankov.

Later Saturday Real Madrid visit Athletic Bilbao and promoted side Las Palmas host Real Mallorca.

On Sunday champions Barcelona visit Getafe to start their title defence.

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