La Liga

  • 2’ G. Bale
  • 40’ Marco Asensio
  • 90’ G. Bale
0 Extra Time 0
0 Full Time 3
0 Half Time 2
22/08/2016
La Liga
Anoeta
Attendance 27,720

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      HALF-TIME: REAL SOCIEDAD 0-2 REAL MADRID.
    • 90'
      G G. Bale Assist Daniel Carvajal
    • 90'
      Terrific throughball from James to pick up the assist.
    • 90'
      BALE FINISHES IT OFF! The Welshman is played through on goal, rounds the keeper and rolls the ball home for his brace - and that's the final kick of the game!
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      He's got no quit in him! Oyarzabal has been at the heart of everything good for Sociedad going forward in this second half, and he's only getting stronger as the match wears on. A terrific individual run sees him past Ramos, but Varane is around on the cover to snuff it out at the vital moment.
    • 0'
      That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: REAL SOCIEDAD 0-3 REAL MADRID. Gareth Bale scored a brace and Marco Asensio added another as Los Blancos begin their league campaign with a straightforward victory at the Anoeta.
    • 0'
      Goals at both ends of the first half from Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio have Real Madrid comfortably ahead after 45 minutes, but it hasn't been as straightforward as the scoreline would suggest. Sociedad have put up a good fight and will consider themselves unlucky to be in this sort of a hole.
    • 0'
      With Cristiano Ronaldo not yet available, Marco Asensio joins Gareth Bale and the returning Alvaro Morata in attack. There's no fresh faces in midfield or defence, however, as the club brings back the same core which guided them to Champions League glory last season.
    • 0'
      Juanmi makes his Real Sociedad debut, leading the line for them tonight, where he will be flanked by David Concha - also making his Sociedad bow having spent last season on loan with Numancia - and Mikel Oyarzabal. Zurutuza will be the number 10, with Illarramendi and Bergara forming a partnership b
    • 0'
      SUBS: Danilo, Lucas, Yanez, Mariano, James, Isco, Nacho.
    • 0'
      REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Casilla; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kovacic, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Asensio, Morata.
    • 0'
      SUBS: Tono, Vela, Pardo, Prieto, Elustondo, Willian, Litri.
    • 0'
      REAL SOCIEDAD (4-2-3-1): Rulli; Zaldua, Mikel, Martinez, Yuri; Illarramendi, Bergara; Concha, Zurutuza, Oyarzabal; Juanmi.
    • 0'
      CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
    • 0'
      Real Sociedad are aiming to improve upon their ninth-place finish from last season, though they've had a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market. The Txuriurdin were never in sight of the top six last season, while also failing to post a positive goal differential. There's room for improvemen
    • 0'
      Real Madrid, winners of the Champions League, have seen success elude them domestically in recent years. Los Blancos kick-off their La Liga campaign tonight under Zinedine Zidane as they try to unseat their rivals and win what would be just their second league title in nine years.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Anoeta for the first time this season as Real Sociedad play host to Real Madrid in the season opener!
    • 1'
      AND WE'RE OFF! The 139th meeting between these two storied clubs...
    • 2'
      G G. Bale Assist Daniel Carvajal
    • 2'
      Carvajal provides the assist.
    • 2'
      THAT WAS FAST! A statement of intent from Real Madrid as Dani Carvajal whips in a cross, the first of the season, and who's on the end of it but Gareth Bale, powering a header beyond Rulli to get Los Blancos off to a flier!
    • 4'
      STAT: Gareth Bale has four goals in four games at the Anoeta since joining Real Madrid (including today).
    • 6'
      Sociedad have settled down after conceding so early in the match, but what a nightmare start this is in front of their home fans. They're searching for a quick response, and win a corner on the end of some clever interplay down the left flank, but nothing comes of it.
    • 8'
      This is an impressive spell from the hosts, who have really taken the game to Real Madrid here, passing it around convincingly in the final third. There's been little end product to speak of, but the possession they're getting is certainly something to hang their hats on.
    • 10'
      Concha does well to control a ball over the top and carve out just enough space for himself out on the left to get a cross through Carvajal. It's an inviting delivery whipped in towards the near post, but Juanmi doesn't attack it, allowing Casilla to collect.
    • 12'
      Zidane is rather animated on the touchline as he tries to inspire his side, who are in the midst of a surprisingly dull spell here following their dream start. Their passing is lacking the sharpness it usually has, as they struggle to pass their way into attack.
    • 14'
      VITAL FROM CASILLA! A major lapse in concentration from Ramos, his dreadful backpass inviting Zurutuza through on goal. A pair of Sociedad attackers give chase, but Casilla comes flying 10 yards out of his area to clear the danger at the vital moment.
    • 16'
      He's never going to score from there! Great skill from Morata to elude two defenders near the byline and sprint into the area. It's begging to be pulled back into the centre, but he instead goes for goal himself from an unmistakably difficult angle, failing to really trouble Rulli.
    • 18'
      STAT: Last season, Real Madrid scored more headed goals than any other team in the Big 5 European Leagues (23).
    • 20'
      TERRIFIC STOP! Much better, this, from Real Madrid! Marcelo is sprung into space on the left and his cutback finds Kroos atop the area. The midfielder tries to guide a first-time effort in at the near post, and nearly succeeds, but the strong wrists of Rulli deny him!
    • 22'
      Ill-advised turn from Juanmi! A delicious ball from Zurutuza sends the striker through on goal, but instead of trying a shot with his weaker foot, he opts to try and fool Ramos by stopping his momentum and cutting into the centre. The experienced centre-half is having none of it, though.
    • 24'
      Sociedad are showing wonderful initiative, refusing to be bullied around by the visitors. They've enjoyed some very prominent spells in possession, and are looking more than capable of turning this around.
    • 26'
      The tempo of the match has suffered as a result of the congested midfield third. Sociedad are hindering their own abilities to really test this Real Madrid back-line as a result of their lack of width. They've not been able to get their full-backs forward and that's left their wingers far too isolat
    • 28'
      STAT: Real Sociedad have only lost one of the last five times they started a La Liga campaign at home (W3, D1).
    • 30'
      SHOCKING MISS! There's just no excuse for that! Zurutuza poke a delightful throughball into the path of Illarramendi, making a rare foray forward, but his naivety in front of goal shines through as he tries to pass across for Juanmi, who was completely blanketed, as opposed to having a go himself fr
    • 32'
      OUCH! Asensio kick-starts Real Madrid forward on a counter, playing Bale through on the right. The winger sends a pass across the face of goal for Morata, but Rulli comes off his line to collect, before being clattered into by Mikel. He stays down following what looked a real painful one, and the me
    • 34'
      It's a cliche, but the next goal really is so big in this game. It looked like it be a rout after the visitors scored after just one minute, but the hosts have responded brilliantly. If Sociedad find the next goal, you get the sense that they could go on and nick the game, but should Madrid get it,
    • 36'
      He cannot thread it through! Strong defensive play from the likes of Mikel and Martinez, who deny Morata from playing a ball into the middle on two times of asking, following a strong run from the forward.
    • 38'
      Rulli up to the task again! Another terrific stop from Rulli! The keeper gets down in a hurry to deny Morata following an impressive bit of skill from the forward, who is proving quite a handful as the match progresses.
    • 40'
      G Marco Asensio Assist Daniel Carvajal
    • 40'
      STUNNING FROM THE DEBUTANT! Asensio does brilliantly to bring down a pass over the top, showing great skill to get into the area, and then finishing the move off with a wonderfully delicate chip over Rulli for his first Real Madrid goal in La Liga!
    • 40'
      Varane provides the assist.
    • 42'
      Well the importance of the second goal had been discussed previously, and it's Real Madrid who find it. That's got to be a tough pill for Sociedad to swallow so close to half-time, but the pressure had been building over the last five minutes or so.
    • 44'
      Into the final minute of the half and there doesn't figure to be much time added on. There's been surprisingly few stoppages in what has been an altogether cleanly contested match thus far.
    • 46'
      The second half is underway!
    • 48'
      Lively tempo to start this second half as the two sides go back and forth exchanging attacks. The hosts have a spring in their step, not letting the second Real Madrid goal put a damper on their spirits.
    • 50'
      Casemiro is issued a yellow, and the sun rises and sets each day. Nothing to see here. Simply an occupational hazard for the Brazilian.
    • 52'
      Vital intervention! Rulli comes off his line to challenge Bale, leaving his goal exposed as the Welshman cuts it back for Kovacic in the centre. Martinez comes flying in, however, knocking the ball behind and denying the Croatian a simple tap in.
    • 54'
      NO PENALTY GIVEN! Mikel slides into the back of Morata, who goes to ground in a heap. The referee has a big call to make, but he opts to award a free-kick the other way, booking the striker for simulation! Close call, could have gone either way.
    • 56'
      SI Willian José SO Daniel Carvajal
    • 56'
      Sociedad make their first change of the night as striker Willian Jose comes on to replace Concha.
    • 58'
      Lifted over! If they're going to get back in this game, Sociedad have to stop squandering their chances! Gonzalez gets his head to a free-kick whipped in from the left, but his effort sails over! He has to be doing better there.
    • 60'
      STAT: Real Madrid have suffered only loss against Real Sociedad in their last 18 league games (W14 D3).
    • 62'
      The pace has slowed a bit as we enter the final 30 minutes, with Real Madrid keen on sucking the pace out of the match when in possession. They've strayed from their direct approach on the ball, instead patiently building as they play keep-away from their opponents.
    • 64'
      In terms of scoring chances, this has been a fairly even game. But Sociedad have lacked the clinical nature you need when facing a team like Real Madrid and they've paid dearly as a result. They're continuing to get into threatening areas, but their end product hasn't been good enough.
    • 66'
      SI Lucas Vázquez SO Daniel Carvajal
    • 66'
      Lucas Vazquez comes on to replace Asensio, the first Real Madrid change of the night.
    • 68'
      Outstanding stuff from Bale, taking on two defenders and beating them, before being dragged down a few yards outside the area from behind by Zaldua, who's perhaps lucky to be shown just a yellow.
    • 70'
      WONDERFUL GOALKEEPING! Stunning stuff from Rulli, who manages to get down and across to his left in a real hurry to parry Kovacic's thunderous strike from 20 yards!
    • 72'
      SI Xabi Prieto SO Daniel Carvajal
    • 72'
      Second change for Sociedad as Xabi Prieto enters the fray, with Juanmi the one to depart.
    • 73'
      SI Isco SO Daniel Carvajal
    • 73'
      Kroos is replaced by Isco, in Real Madrid's second switch of the night.
    • 75'
      STAT: Real Madrid are without a La Liga title win in four seasons now, equaling their worst run since 1991-1994 when Barcelona won four in a row.
    • 77'
      SI J. Rodríguez SO Daniel Carvajal
    • 77'
      Morata's second Madrid debut is over without a goal to show for his efforts, though he was a bit unlucky in that regard. James Rodriguez comes on to replace him.
    • 79'
      SI C. Vela SO Daniel Carvajal
    • 79'
      Eusebio throws caution to the wind as he brings on striker Carlos Vela, with centre-half Mikel Gonzalez the one to give way.
    • 81'
      Sociedad have everyone forward as they search for the goal that would make for an interesting finish. They're sending cross after cross into the area, but the pressure is relieved as Oyarzabal committs a foul atop the ara.
    • 83'
      Look at him run! Marcelo shows incredible pace to close down on Oyarzabal and slide in to apply important pressure on the winger, denying him a clear sight of goal. That's an important challenge at an important time.
    • 85'
      HE'S A LUCKY BOY! Casemiro slides into a challenge inside the area, sending Prieto to ground, but the referee awards it as a handball against the Sociedad substitute instead! That could have been bad for the Brazilian, who's already on a yellow.
    • 87'
      Yuri was the third man in, escalating the incident, and he's booked as a result.
    • 87'
      Ramos and Oyarzabal get into a heated discussion, which brings a wealth of players together as tempers start to boil over here. The Real Madrid defender is booked for his role in the altercation.
    • 88'
      STAT: Real Madrid have won only two of their last five opening La Liga games away (D2, L1).
    • 90'
      There will be four minutes added on at the end of this match.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Attacker
    brazil
    Willian José
    9
    56'Substituted
    Attacker
    spain
    Mikel Oyarzabal
    10
    Defender
    spain
    Daniel Carvajal
    2
    Defender
    spain
    Sergio Ramos
    4
    Captain
    Defender
    brazil
    Marcelo
    12
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Casemiro
    14
    Midfielder
    spain
    Lucas Vázquez
    17
    66'Substituted
    Midfielder
    spain
    Isco
    22
    73'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Aritz Elustondo
    6
    Midfielder
    spain
    Rubén Pardo
    14
    Defender
    spain
    Nacho
    6
    Attacker
    spain
    Marco Asensio
    20
    66'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Imanol Alguacil
    france
    Zinedine Zidane

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

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

    POSSESSION

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

    ATTACK

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

    DEFENCE

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

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 21 9
    Yellow Cards 3 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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