And although Sociedad should have won the game with two late chances for Bittor
Alkiza, denied by Watson and Richard Wright, the obvious display of team unity was refreshing nonetheless.
They were at home to Athletic Bilbao and their midfielders were nowhere to be seen as Bittor
Alkiza was allowed to amble forward and pick his spot.
An equaliser from Bittor
Alkiza after 36 minutes tested Real's nerve.
Santiago Etquerro and Francisco Yeste both netted second-half goals to turn the form book on its head after Bittor
Alkiza's dismissal just before half-time.
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It was hardly the ideal work-out for a visit from leaders Real Madrid seven days later yet, mystifyingly, Athletic managed to bounce back with a shock 1-0 win courtesy of Bittor
Alkiza's early goal.
Athletic Bilbao made a terrible start to the season, but victory over Celta in their last home game hinted at an upturn and coach Txetxu Rojo will be relieved to have Aitor Larrazabal and Bittor
Alkiza back in defence.