Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the Basque derby on Thursday.

Forward Portu struck the only goal of the game in the fifth minute by tapping in a cross from his side's top scorer Mikel Oyarzabal, who was making his first appearance since getting injured on Dec. 3.

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The visitors looked far likelier to get a second goal than concede an equaliser to an unimaginative Athletic, who could not manage a single shot on target.

Sociedad's Swedish forward Alexander Isak smashed a shot against the crossbar in the second half while Igor Zubeldia missed the target from close range when Athletic keeper Unai Simon spilled a stinging shot from Oyarzabal at his feet.

A first league victory since Nov. 22 took third-placed Sociedad on to 29 points from 17 games, six behind leaders Atletico Madrid who also have three matches in hand.

Athletic are 12th on 18 points.

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