David Moyes' Real Sociedad saw off Basque rivals Eibar thanks to an early goal from the experienced Xabi Prieto.
The victory sees the San Sebastian club move up to 11th place in the league.
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David Moyes was sent off as Real Sociedad crashed out of the Copa del Rey following a 2-2 home draw against Villarreal.
Moyes, unhappy that a number of decisions had gone against his team, argued with referee Carlos Carballo Velasco with nine minutes to go and was ordered to the stands after gesturing that the official needed glasses.
The former Manchester United manager took a seat high in the stands at the Anoeta and smiled as he accepted the offer of a crisp from one of the home supporters.
A second-half equaliser by Athletic Bilbao's Oscar de Marcos denied David Moyes' Real Sociedad a much-needed win in the Basque derby.
Carlos Vela's early headed goal got hosts Real Sociedad got off to a dream start and Moyes' side missed several chances to extend their lead before half-time.
They were made to rue those misses when De Marcos equalised in the 62nd minute, meaning the game ended 1-1.
Athletic had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men when Aymeric Laporte was sent off, but Real Sociedad were unable to make the extra man count, and remain 14th in the table.
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David Moyes arrived in San Sebastian as the new coach of Real Sociedad on Wednesday.
The Scot will be officially unveiled by the club on Thursday afternoon, seven months after being sacked by Manchester United following a dismal first season in charge.
Moyes has agreed a one-and-a-half-year deal with the La Liga outfit.
Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto claims the team are looking forward to starting work under "great coach" David Moyes.
Former Manchester United boss Moyes will begin the task of rebuilding his reputation in La Liga after he was appointed by the Basque outfit earlier this week.
In an interview with Real Sociedad TV, midfielder Prieto described the Scot as a "great coach, very prestigious" and said the team were "looking forward to meeting him and working under him".
Prieto said: "It is very difficult to be at a club for many years as he was at Everton, a sign that he did very well, growing the club and qualifying for several years to play in Europe.
"We hope that with La Real something similar can happen, to help us grow, give us stability and improve the team."
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