Alguacil: The image is clear, but I’m not going to go into the decision

Real Sociedad suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Getafe in Madrid on Monday night, putting a major dent in the txuri-urdin’s Champions League aspirations.

This was La Real’s fourth consecutive loss and their fifth match without a win. The club from Donostia are now seventh in LaLiga Santander, four points behind Villarreal.

Getafe got their first goal in the 20th minute thanks to a controversial penalty scored by Jaime Mata.

Keeper Alex Remiro‘s poor pass out from the back landed straight at the feet of Hugo Duro and it appeared as though the Getafe forward was tripped by defender Robin Le Normand as he dribbled towards goal.

However, replays of the action showed that Duro had lent in to Le Normand and stomped on his foot before going down.

Real Sociedad have now conceded seven penalties in their last seven games and many at the club are displeased with what they believe are inconsistencies from VAR.

“The image is clear,” La Real boss Imanol Alguacil said of the penalty during his post-match press conference. “But I’m not going to go into the decision.”

A typically robust and physical performance from Getafe didn’t let Real Sociedad gather any momentum and despite having 56% of possession La Real only had one shot in the first half.

Real Sociedad equalised in the 56th minute when Adnan Januzaj ran on to a pass from Mikel Oyarzabal and slotted the ball through David Soria’s legs.

Januzaj was initially judged to be offside, but the decision was overturned by VAR a minute later.

It was just the shot of confidence Real Sociedad needed. They upped the tempo and there was much more intensity and vigour in their play.

They had chances to take the lead. Alexander Isak almost got on the end of a Nacho Monreal cross in the 56th minute and an Aritz Elustondo header from a corner went just wide in the 71st minute.

They also had another reason to complain about VAR in the 84th minute when it looked as though Oyarzabal was shoved off the ball inside the area, but no penalty was given nor was it reviewed by VAR. Especially hurtful considering the penalty awarded to Vinicius in their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid had much less contact.

In the end, it was Getafe who delivered the killer blow. Ever alert Jamie Mata got his second goal of the game when he caught the Real Sociedad defence napping. He collected a quickly taken throw-in, outmuscled Elustondo and finished underneath a nervous Remiro.

Real Sociedad were once again left to rue their mistakes and an inability to take advantage of their superiority in possession.

“It’s a bad feeling,” captain Oyarzabal told Movistar LaLiga after the match. “We lost the game in the minor details.”

Oyarzabal reiterated that despite La Real’s losing streak, the squad are “united” and that everyone is determined to improve.

“We have no choice but to turn the page and think about winning the next game,” the captain added. “We need to get some momentum and recover the lost positivity.

He also insisted that Real Sociedad are still in with a shot of achieving European qualification.

“If we had won, we would have been higher up in the fight,” he said. “But even though we didn’t, we’re still there, we’re still alive, and we’re not going to stop fighting until the end.”