Miguel Angel Moya believes the sending off of Guilherme Siqueira was the major factor in Atletico Madrid’s defeat to Real Sociedad.

Left-back Siqueira was dismissed early in the second half with the score at 1-1 after picking up two quick bookings.

La Real eventually scored a second goal and Moya told reporters that while the hosts’ first goal was against the run of play, the second was the kind of thing to be expected when playing with 10 men.

“It was strangely complicated for us after we scored the first goal, because to that point we were good, with clear ideas,” the goalkeeper said, AS reports.

“Then came the equaliser, which went against the grain. After that was the expulsion of Siqueira, and that always has an effect. It hasn’t been a good day for Atletico.

“I don’t think it was a lack of firepower. Sometimes things just don’t go as you want. It didn’t go as we wanted and they ended up getting level.

“With a player fewer for a lot of the game, we tried to be hard to beat. Then came the header from Imanol Agirretxe, who read the cross well. We have to keep our heads up.

“Maybe they were nervous because of their situation in the table, or the new Coach or the way they started, but the fact is they did well to win the game.”

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