Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga table as they managed to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 at Anoeta Stadium.
The team from Madrid are level on points with Barcelona, but go to the top because of superior head-to-head record.
Real Madrid made few changes, as Hazard, Mendy, Modric sat out. James Rodríguez started along with Vinicius and Marcelo. Valverde came back to midfield position. Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were not used in the match.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad – Goals
Sergio Ramos scored from the penalty at 50th minute of the match, as Sociedad found it difficult to contain Vinicius Jr, who was obstructed and tripped inside penalty area..
Karim Benzema again found back of the net as he doubled visitor’s lead at 70th minute of the match. The goal was reviewed by VAR for a possible handball, as Benzema controlled a Federico Valverde cross with his shoulder before firing home.
Substitute Adnan Januzaj almost made it 1-1 with a strike from outside penalty area but the goal was ruled out for offside. VAR decided against the goal as it though Merino was blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ view, so interfering with play. But Merino made some correction seven minutes to regular time.
Real Madrid suffered huge blow when their captain Sergio Ramos was injured after he scored the goal and had to be withdrawn by Zidane at 60th minute.
Real Madrid, who have only won one La Liga title twice during the decade have an advantageous position over Barca, with better head-to-head record.
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1-Remiro, 18-Gorosabel <Booked at 28> (Elustondo 60′), 3Llorente <Booked at 48>, 24-Le Normand, 20-Monreal, 5-Zubeldia <Booked at 16> (Zubimendi 80′), 8-Merino <Booked at 90>, 7-Portugués Manzanera, 21Ødegaard (López 79), 10-Oyarzabal (Januzaj 60′), 19-Isak (Da Silva 79′)
6-Elustondo, 9-Da Silva, 11-Januzaj, 12-Muñoz, 13-Moyá, 17-Zurutuza, 26-Pacheco Dozagarat, 28-López, 30-Zubiaurre, 31-Djouahra, 35-Lobete, 36-Zubimendi
13-Courtois, 2-Carvajal, 5-Varane, 4-Ramos (Militão 60′), 12-Marcelo (Mendy 89′), 15-Valverde (Modric 89′ <Booked at 90>), 14-Casemiro (Booked at 21>, 8-Kroos, 16-Rodríguez (Asensio 78′), 9-Benzema (Mariano 78′), 25-Vinícius Júnior
1-Areola, 3-Militão, 7-Hazard, 10-Modric, 11-Bale, 20-Asensio, 21-Díaz, 23-Mendy, 24-Mariano, 26-Altube, 27-Rodrygo, 39-Hernández