La Liga

  • 80’ G. Bale
La Liga
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta
Attendance 26,426


    • KICK OFF
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      Full-time at the Anoeta. Real Madrid were certainly not at their best this afternoon, but they have managed to go top of the Spanish Primera Division, albeit potentially temporarily, with a very narrow 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. The hero on the day proved to be Gareth Bale once again, who popped up
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      Half-time at the Anoeta. Real Madrid have perhaps been the better side, but we remain all-square in this Spanish Primera Division match between Los Blancos and Real Sociedad, who have acquitted themselves well against Zinedine Zidane's outfit. Gareth Bale has enjoyed the best opportunities with a co
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      The teams are making their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
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      Real Madrid subs: Casilla, Pepe, Marcelo, Carvajal, Isco, Kovacic, Jese.
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      Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Danilo, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Nacho; Casemiro, Modric, James; Vazquez, Borja, Bale.
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      Real Sociedad subs: Granero, Oier, Ruben Pardo, Litri, Reyes, De la Bella, Bautista.
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      Real Sociedad (4-3-3): Rulli; Zaldua, Elustondo, Gonzalez, Yuri; Xabi Prieto, Illarramendi, Bergara; Bruma, Oiarzabal, Zurutuza.
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      TEAM NEWS...
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      Real Sociedad have endured a fairly solid Spanish Primera Division campaign and are currently down in 12th with 42 points taken from 35 matches. They have been relegation candidates at different points during the season, but with their place in the Spanish top-flight confirmed for next year they don
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      That match against Rayo preceded a Champions League semi-final first-leg clash against Manchester City at the Etihad, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. A fairly promising scoreline in the end for Los Blancos, but what will their mindset be this afternoon with the second leg coming up this week with a
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      The title race has been blown open in recent weeks due to a period of abject form from the Blaugrana, and this has gone hand-in-hand with a superb run of nine consecutive league wins for Real Madrid, who have turned on the style under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane in the past few weeks. Their last
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      Even with just three games remaining this season, we could have three potential champions in La Liga in the form of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and current leaders, Barcelona. There is only one point separating these sides at the top of the league, so there is certainly all to play for in this rou
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      Good afternoon folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid from the Anoeta.
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      We are underway at the Anoeta!
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      A high-tempo start to proceedings here in this afternoon Liga clash and it looks like we are in for a fairly promising encounter. As mentioned previously, Sociedad have took the scalp of Barcelona here this month, so this is certainly not going to be easy for Real Madrid even though the hosts are mi
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      Casemiro wins the ball with authority inside the Sociedad box before dashing forward to find James, who subsequently passes to the feet of Bale in the right channel. The Welshman, who netted two goals in the previous league match against Rayo, lashes a right-footed strike towards goal but it ends up
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      We haven't seen too much of Madrid's young starting forward today, Borja Mayoral, who features with a rare starting XI appearance. The Castilla graduate has a decent reputation within the Blancos youth ranks, and has been preferred to Jese in the centre-forward position, so it will be interesting to
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      SAAAAAAVE FROM RULLI! Modric picks out Vazquez deep down the left-hand side, and steps into the danger area before laying into the path of James. The Colombian fires a strike low towards the bottom corner with his first touch, but the Sociedad goalkeeper is equal to hit and gets down to turn behind
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      Sergio Ramos fails to deal with a bouncing ball at the back which allows Xabi Prieto to pounce on the loose possession to nod a through pass into the path of Oiarzabal, who looks poised to run through on goal. However, the Madrid captain is let off the hook by the linesman, who INCORRECTLY puts his
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      Neither side has really managed to find their feet in an attacking sense so far and it is making for some relatively scrappy viewing. Vital players of course are missing for both outfits, no more so than Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid, but there is still more than enough quality out there to make
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      JUST WIDE FROM BALE! Los Blancos have looked dangerous from set-pieces so far and arguably should have took the lead already through a couple of headers won inside the box. The latest comes from the former Tottenham attacker, who rises above everyone to bounce a header down towards the corner, only
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      Sociedad are missing commanding centre-back, Inigo Martinez, this afternoon, and his absence means that Madrid should be looking to take advantage of the set-piece opportunities available. This will certainly be cause for concern for Eusebio, who is already viewing his side struggle to deal with the
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      Vazquez, who scored the vital equalising goal against Rayo last week, has been deployed down the left wing this afternoon but hasn't really managed to get the better of Zaldua so far, who has looked pretty comfortable at full-back. Madrid's best bet for the opening goal at the moment looks like the
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      BALE SHOULD BE SCORING! James glides down the left channel with ease and eventually finds a yard of space to tease a lovely cross into the centre of the box for his team-mate, but the resulting header on goal is once again put the wrong side of the post from the Welshman! He has been a threat in the
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      Midway through the first half of this Spanish Primera Division clash now and Madrid should at least be a goal up here with the opportunities they have created, particularly from crosses into the danger area. Not necessarily vintage Blancos, but they will take the opener any way it comes!
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      James is involved in the action positively again for Madrid and once again makes his way down the left wing before sizzling a low cross into the feet of Borja. The Madrid youngster struggles to get the ball out of his feet, though, and eventually surrenders possession even with Bale begging for the
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      Xabi Prieto stands over a free-kick down the right-hand side and steps up to whip a dangerous cross to the back post, with Gonzalez the target. Madrid fail to clear two or three times, which provides Sociedad with the opportunity to try and get the shot away, but eventually Sergio Ramos takes initia
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      The game is just starting to open up with Sociedad providing a much bigger threat going forward, with the pace of Bruma proving to be useful on the flank. However, with the hosts pressing ahead, Madrid are being awarded with more space in behind the defence, which Bale usually thrives on.
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      Zurutuza, who isn't exactly blessed with tremendous pace, manages to break in behind the Madrid defence after a Sociedad counter and finds himself with plenty of space ahead. Unfortunately for him, Varane and Ramos are both blessed with speed in their retreating, and manage to get back before the tr
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      Madrid just do not look the same team without Ronaldo in their ranks, as the previous Ballon d'Or winner provides such a big threat in the final third you get the feeling he would have buried one of the few chances the Blancos have racked up so far. He is particularly useful in the air, and he may h
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      First yellow card of the match now and it is a deserved one for Illarramendi, who faces his former club this afternoon. The Spaniard goes into the book after cynically hauling Modric to the floor near the centre circle, in what is a fairly needless challenge.
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      Danilo goes on a marauding run down the right flank and fakes to cross into the box before shifting possession on to his left foot. He attempts to catch out Rulli with a whipped left-footed strike at goal, but Gonzalez is perfectly positioned on the edge of the area to make the vital block!
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      Bale is the latest player to come on the wrong end of the referee's wrath here as he goes in extremely late on Elustondo shortly after the Sociedad defender did really well to clear after a shot from Nacho. A booking is the Welshman's punishment, and it is probably deserved.
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      The bookings are coming thick and fast now and the latest guilty party is Markel Bergara, who after losing the ball in the final third, attempts to halt the ascendancy of Madrid by tripping up Bale, who looked poised to open up his stride with a signature powerful run through the middle.
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      Zaldua collects possession a yard in from the right touchline and takes advantage of the space available to him to move into the final third and eventually goes for goal from around 25 yards out. It is a decent strike from the right-back, but it is never likely to bother Navas between the sticks and
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      We are back underway at the Anoeta!
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      This has by no means been a dirty match so far, but proceedings have indeed had a bit of a spiky nature about them as both sides battle for the points. The latest incident involved Xabi Prieto and Sergio Ramos, with the former being booked for a late aerial challenge.
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      One factor that may become prominent in this second period is that none of the Madrid players will want to pick up any kind of injury before the Champions League clash against Manchester City on Wednesday evening. With Cristiano Ronaldo already likely going to miss out, Zidane cannot afford to have
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      Madrid get another set-piece opportunity here as Bale is hacked down to the floor by Zaldua, who is lucky not to see yellow for the late challenge. The visitors have posed a threat from areas like this so far, but the delivery this time from Modric fails to reach the real danger men, Bale and Sergio
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      From the failed Madrid set-piece, Sociedad take advantage to move forward with an attack of their own. Zurutuza leads the charge with a commanding run into the left channel before opting to pull the trigger with a left-footed strike, but Modric, who did superbly to get back into a defensive position
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      Danilo has got into some decent positions so far in this match, but unfortunately for him none of the ventures forward have been particularly prosperous. On this occasion, the former Porto man tries his luck with another shot at goal with his weaker foot, but this is even more poor than his previous
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      VITAL SAVE FROM RULLI! James takes on Zaldua at right-back before finding a yard of space to whip a wicked cross low into the box, which breaks fortuitously to the feet of Bale. The former Spurs man has the whole goal in which to aim, but ends up slamming a strike straight into the outstretched leg
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      Sergio Ramos receives his customary yellow card for a late challenge on Xabi Prieto.
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      It is raining yellow cards at the Anoeta now and the guilty party on this occasion is Nacho, and we can only assume it is for giving the referee a little bit of dissent after a team-mate was penalised for a challenge. Daft reason to go into the book, really.
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      Hopefully when all these yellow cards get out of the way we can actually get back to describing the action, as there is desperately little happening at the moment due to the regular stoppages to hand out bookings. Zaldua sees yellow now for a needless, late tackle on Nacho near the touchline.
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      SI Jesé SO Borja Mayoral
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      First change of the match from Zinedine Zidane now and the gamble of playing young forward, Borja Mayoral, has not paid off for the Madrid boss here as he withdraws the starting striker in favour of more regular starter, Jese Rodriguez.
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      About a third of the match remaining now and Real Madrid are running out of time to try and save the three points, and perhaps their title challenge. Barcelona and Atletico feature in very winnable games later on tonight, so any points drop just now for Los Blancos may prove to be vital at the end o
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      SI D. Reyes SO Borja Mayoral
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      Eusebio makes his first alteration of the match shortly after Madrid, and introduces Diego Reyes in place of Markel Bergara. A fairly positive change from the Sociedad boss, who is adding a little more pace and direct running to his midfield ranks now. Brave move!
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      Madrid need to get Bale involved in the action a little more here as he, along with set-pieces, look like their best route to finding the opening goal. Despite getting into decent positions, though, the Welshman has left his shooting boots in the house as he has failed to get the better of Rulli mo
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      Second substitution from Real Madrid here and it sees James, who has actually put a couple of decent floated balls into the box, come off to be replaced by Isco. The former Malaga man will be tasked with finding some space to unlock this currently sturdy Sociedad defence.
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      SI Isco SO Borja Mayoral
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      SUPERB INTERCEPTION FROM RULLI! Jese, who has only been involved in the action a few minutes, has been deployed down the right wing since his introduction and manages to get by Yuri at the first attempt before smashing a dangerous cross into the six-yard box. Bale looks poised to bullet into the emp
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      The referee brandishes a yellow to Modric.
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      SI Jon Bautista SO Borja Mayoral
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      Another change from Eusebio here and it sees Bruma make way to be replaced by Jon Bautista. Just under 15 minutes for Sociedad to hold on to claim a massive point here, and derail Madrd's title chances in the process!
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      Los Blancos need someone to step up to the plate here and win this match. Normally, you would have Ronaldo to rely on to score out of nowhere, but with him missing as well as Benzema, the onus is on Bale to rise up just like he did against Rayo last week.
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      G G. Bale Assist Borja Mayoral
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      Excellent work from Vazquez as he tees up Bale with a terrific cross.
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      GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLL!!! GOOOAAAALLLL FOR REAL MADRID! The visitors get the breakthrough! Vazquez pops up down the right-hand side this time and drives towards the byline before curling a perfect cross into the box for Bale, who superbly bullets a header into the top right corner past Rulli! One-nil!
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      How vital could that leap from Gareth Bale prove to be in this title race. If Real Madrid had failed to win this afternoon, then Atletico and Barca would have received a boost in confidence going into their respective matches, but thanks to the former Spurs man, the pressure is still on - if they ca
    • 84'
      Madrid have just started to play slightly within themselves after going ahead, which may not be the most intelligent tactic as it is giving Sociedad plenty of time on the ball as we enter these latter stages. Expect the hosts to pump plenty of long balls into the box to maintain the pressure on Los
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      SI M. Kovačić SO Borja Mayoral
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      SI Litri SO Borja Mayoral
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      Third and final change from the home side and it is a curious one from Eusebio as he introduces a left-back for a left-back. Yuri leaves the action, and he will be replaced by Hector Hernandez.
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      Madrid follow suit and make a change of their own, this time with Luka Modric leaving the action in favour of Mateo Kovacic, with the former Inter midfielder likely to provide a little more steel in those central areas as we approach the final whistle.
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      Sociedad continue to probe for this equalising goal here and eventually win the corner-kick. Xabi Prieto is tasked with it and steps up to send a teasing cross to the back post for Gonzalez, who rises above everyone to connect with a header, but unfortunately for him, it goes high and wide over the
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      Just two minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee, which seems pretty generous to Real Madrid considering we have seen plenty of challenges flying in and yellow cards being brandished. The Anoeta faithful share this view, as they break out in a chorus of boos as the fourth official r

    Line Up

    Aritz Elustondo
    Sergio Ramos
    Lucas Vázquez


    Rubén Pardo
    Daniel Carvajal


    Imanol Alguacil
    Zinedine Zidane



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 14 16
    Yellow Cards 4 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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