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26 July 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Nottingham Forest
2 - 2
Real Sociedad

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Match Reports

Forest 2-2 Real Sociedad

26 July 2019

A late equaliser from Nais Djouahra saw Nottingham Forest forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against Real Sociedad at The City Ground.

A strike from Roberto Lopez was sandwiched in between goals from Joe Worrall and Lewis Grabban and Forest had looked set for a final pre-season victory before Djouahra equalised with two minutes to play to earn a share of the spoils for the Spaniards.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change from last Friday's win over Crystal Palace as Michael Dawson replaced Alexander Milosevic but it was Dawson's central defensive partner who made an early impact as he fired The Reds in front.


Tiago Silva's left-wing corner was floated all the way to the back post and Worrall timed his run perfectly to fire the ball high into the roof of the net and leave goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli with no chance.

Forest would only be in front for nine minutes as Sociedad found a quick response. Aro Muric made a decent save with his feet from Willian Jose but the ball broke for his strike partner Lopez inside the penalty area and he coolly drilled a shot beyond the Forest keeper and into the back of the net.

The Reds responded well to that set-back and could have gone back in front on 24 minutes. Albert Adomah's deep cross found its way to Matty Cash at the back post but he lashed the ball over the crossbar from a tight angle.

That miss didn't put Forest off though and they grabbed the lead four minutes later. Rulli spilt the ball at the feet of Adomah, it rolled out to Grabban and the striker was able to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball home into an empty net.


A few half-chances came and went for both teams before Forest carved out a golden opportunity 12 minutes into the second half. Adomah raced through on goal and rounded the goalkeeper but the former Villa man was forced wide and as he crossed the ball into the box, the visitors were able to get enough men back to head away the danger.

A mass of Sociedad subsitutions interrupted the flow of the contest but Muric had to be alert to palm away a stinging, low effort from Djouahra on 73 minutes as he made sure Forest kept their lead intact.

Djouahra wasn't to be denied though as he grabbed an equaliser with only two minutes to play. The substitute beat his man inside the penalty and drove a low shot beyond Muric into the back of the net to ensure Forest were left frustrated at the end of a performance which included plenty of positives.

Forest: Muric; Cash, Worrall, Dawson (c), Robinson; Watson, Semedo; Lolley, Silva (Ameobi 67'), Adomah (Appiah 76'); Grabban (Johnson 83')

Subs not used: Smith, Darikwa, Milosevic, Ribeiro, Yacob, Walker, Edser, Richardson, Steele

Goals: Worrall 4', Grabban 28'

Real Sociedad: Rulli (Zubiaurre 60'); Gorosabel (Zaldua 60'), Elustondo (Sagnan 60'), Navas (Isak 60'), Llorente (Djouahra 60'); Lopez (Zurutuza 46'), Pardo (Le Normand 60'), Rodrigues (Munoz 60'), Guevara (Zubimendi 60'); Portugues (Januzaj 60'), Willian (Odegaard 60')

Subs not used: Illarramendi, Remiro

Goals: Lopez 13', Djouahra 88'

Referee: Jez Simpson

Attendance: 14,216 (18 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Real Sociedad (H)

26 July 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s home friendly fixture against Real Sociedad on Friday 26th July (kick-off 7.45pm) are now on sale.

This is the first time that La Real have visited The City Ground and arrive on Trentside on the back of a superb La Liga campaign which saw them fall just short of Europa League qualification.

All 2019-20 season card holders will be able to attend this fixture FREE OF CHARGE but must claim a seat online or by contacting the ticket office. 

The club will only make seats in the lower tiers of the stadium available for this fixture so, in the spirit of fairness to all, your usual season seat will not be reserved and every seat will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Season card holders who do choose to attend will be issued with a paper ticket for this fixture. 

Tickets for the Real Sociedad friendly will initially go on sale to 2019-20 season card holders enabling them to purchase additional tickets for their friends-and-family with adult tickets priced at £10 and all concessions just £5.

Full sales information can be found below:

Season card holders – ticket claim


Adults (24-64s)


All other concessions


Dates of sale:

On sale to


Season card holders – claim your ticket
& buy additional tickets

Friday 21st June - 9am

General sale

Friday 28th June - 9am

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by visiting the ticket office in person or calling 0115 982 4388.

Season card holders are advised that to redeem multiple free of charge tickets per transaction when buying online, please click the 'update basket' button at the bottom of your screen after allocating customer numbers.

Supporters with accessible seating needs

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the Enhanced Rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Matchday hospitality

Matchday hospitality packages for this fixture will be confirmed in due course. 


Nottingham Forest now operate a print-at-home service for supporters to utilise when purchasing tickets. Below is a handy video to explain the system.

Keep hold of your season cards

Nottingham Forest season card holders who have renewed for the new campaign are advised to keep hold of their 2018-19 cards as they will be reactivated for the upcoming season.

Click here for full information.

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