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Jonathas scores in 1st half to give Elche 1-0 home win against Real Sociedad in Spanish league


MADRID — Jonathas took advantage of a defensive blunder to score in the first half, giving Elche a 1-0 home win against Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Monday.

Poor control and hesitation by Sociedad midfielder Markel Bergara allowed Jonathas to steal the ball before racing away unchallenged to score his 10th goal of the season by beating Argentina goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 18th minute.

The win means Elche rises away from the relegation zone and is 14th in the standings on 34 points after 32 rounds, while Sociedad is two places above on 38.

Barcelona leads the league on 78 points, two more than second-place Real Madrid.

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