Nigeria’s striker Umar Sadiq has hit the ground running at his new club, Real Sociedad following his deadline day transfer from Almeria.
Having been introduced as a half-time substitute Umar on Saturday had a memorable debut for the Blue and Whites as his well-taken goal helped Real Sociedad come from behind to claim a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in their La Liga encounter.
Sociedad brought Umar as Alexander Isak’s replacement and he showed a glimpse of what he could do when he headed the equalizer nine minutes into his debut.
Diego Simeone’s men stood firm despite the hosts enjoying the better of a lively second half, ensuring the two teams remain locked together on seven points from four games in LaLiga.
Atletico enjoyed an impressive start and got the opener early when Alvaro Morata scored from a rebound in the fifth minute.
The former Juventus striker had a second goal ruled out later in the half following a lengthy VAR review, due to a handball by Joao Felix in the build-up.
Real Sociedad mustered an instant fightback, but they were not so lucky; hitting the woodwork in the same way as their opponents.
By fighting back to level the scores, Real Sociedad avoided suffering three successive home league defeats for the first time since February 2007 and ended Athletico’s run of four consecutive wins on the road.
Having impressed for Almeria in the early weeks of the campaign, Sadiq was the man selected by Imanol Alguacil to fill the shoes of Newcastle United’s new record signing Isak, and the Nigeria striker did not need long to make an impression.
On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid will host Porto to open their Champions League campaign, while Sociedad will travel to Manchester United the following day to play in the Europa League.