RSO
RMD
93'
FULL TIME: Real Sociedad 0-4 Real Madrid
92'
What a response from Real Madrid this has been in the second half. They were fortunate to be ahead at the break but the following 45 minutes have provided a statement on their determination not to give up the title race. They're very much still in it!
91'
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
Real Madrid Yellow card

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

90'
 
YELLOW CARD: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Whistles around Anoeta for Xabi Alonso as he comes with Casemiro on. He's been excellent tonight, possibly wont worry over much about boos

Real Madrid Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Right

88'
 
GOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 4 (88 mins - Alvaro Morata). Di Maria plays a great pass from deep to thread through Morata, who has the pace to beat his man and sticks the ball underneath Bravo.
Real Madrid Substitution
87'
 
Real Madrid sub: Xabi Alonso OFF, Casemiro ON.
86'
That could have been two strikers combining in the box. It just demonstrates the goal threat Real Madrid have from all over the pitch. They can score from anywhere. Yet Benzema is still looking for his goal!
Real Madrid Substitution
85'
 
Real Madrid sub: Gareth Bale OFF, Alvaro Morata ON.
Real Madrid Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Right

84'
 
GOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 3 (84 mins - Pepe). Fantastic goal! Ramos heads the corner kick across goal for his defensive partner Pepe to volley home from the edge of the six yard box.
82'
Carvajal's clearing header at the back post is poor, allowing Griezmann the opportunity to shoot at goal. But the Real Madrid fullback gets out quickly to make up for his mistake, blocking the effort.
81'
 
Real Madrid sub: Isco OFF, Angel Di Maria ON.
Real Madrid Substitution
80'
Bale has come on to a game in the second half. His goal was excellent and showed a ruthless streak that Real Madrid needed with Ronaldo ruled out. But his all-round performance has also been impressive.
79'
This would be a huge win for Real Madrid. They can't afford any more slip ups between now and the end of the season, especially with Atletico and Barca still winning their games, as they did today.
78'
Martinez beats Bale to the ball at the byline and plays a low cross into the near post, but Pepe comes across and manages to cut out the pass before it reaches a Real Sociedad player. Good effort by Martinez though.
77'
Isco and Benzema are closing down Real Sociedad whenever they have the ball. Both have played well but don't have the goal to mark their performance with.
76'
Real Madrid are in complete control of this game now. Sociedad are struggling to get hold of the ball, as Modric and Alonso dominate possession through the middle of the pitch.
75'
After such a lethargic performance in the first half you get the feeling that there could be a few more goals left in this game for Real Madrid. Both Benzema and Isco are desperate to find the net.
Real Sociedad Substitution
74'
 
Real Sociedad sub: Mikel Gonzalez OFF, Ruben Pardo ON.
72'
Benzema is desperate to get on the scoresheet tonight. This time he drags his effort just past the post from the edge of the box. Then Isco has his effort blocked by Ansotegi inside the penalty area.
Real Sociedad Yellow card

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

71'
 
YELLOW CARD: Markel Bergara (Real Sociedad)
70'
The thing is, before scoring that goal Bale was struggling with an injury. He'd been strapped up after a collision with Martinez earlier in the game and wasn't moving that freely.

What a goal from @GarethBale11 . Speed of the strike matched by the quickness of his thinking.

68'
Real Madrid are in full control of the game now. They've been much better in the second half and could have had more had they not struck the woodwork nice. No way back for Sociedad now.
67'
Bale now has 18 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, and that was great opportunism from the Welsh winger there.
66'
 
GOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 2 (66 - Gareth Bale). That could be a huge goal for Real Madrid and it's come from a huge mistake by Bravo! His kick out was poor and Bale took advantage of his poor position to finish into the empty net.
Real Madrid Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Left

65'
 
Oh wow! Real Madrid hit the crossbar for the second time tonight, this time through Benzema. The French striker wound up a shot from 25 yards and with his left foot smashed the woodwork. The keeper was beaten!
Real Sociedad Substitution
63'
Arrasate is going for broke with that change. He's taken off a midfield and put on a big, strong targetman to play up front. He knows that this is a big game for Sociedad's hopes of Champions League football.
62'
 
Real Sociedad sub: David Zurutuza OFF, Imanol Agirretxe ON
61'
Bale wins a freekick, hurting himself in the process. But from the set piece Alonso puts the ball just over the bar. He's looking for a goal against his former club. Must have been spurred on by Illarramendi.
59'
The pace and tempo of this game has intensified in the last few minutes. Both teams are finding their attacking groove.
58'
Crucial intervention by Carvajal! A cross to the back post finds Griezmann, who takes the ball on his chest for Elustondo to have a shot at goal. But before the midfielder can strike Carvajal makes the challenge.
57'
Real Madrid win a freekick on the edge of the box. Everyone expects Bale to take it but instead Alonso takes it and forces Bravo into a good save. He cleared the danger with his punch that time.
56'
 
YELLOW CARD: Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad)
Real Sociedad Yellow card

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

55'
Bale cuts inside off the left wing and smashes a right footed drive towards goal. But Ansotegi gets his head on the effort to clear away from goal. He looks a bit groggy now. Brave move to stick your head on that!
54'
Real Madrid's have been much more productive from set pieces in this second half. They look a real threat from them, especially when they get Pepe and Ramos up from the back for them.
53'
Modric plays a corner kick into the box, with Bale getting on the end of it. But his header into the ground flashes just past the unmarked Benzema at the back post.
52'
Alonso plays a loose pass 30 yards from his own goal, but Martinez's shot from that distance is saved by Lopez. He was looking to catch out the Real Madrid keeper, but he was alert to the danger.
51'
Canales plays a strange chipped freekick to the edge of the box, where Gonazlez is on hand to provide the flick on. However, it's slightly too strong and Martinez can't reach it at the back post.
Real Madrid Yellow card

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

50'
 
YELLOW CARD: Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid)
49'
 
Off the bar! Alonso plays a wicked freekick delivery into the box for Ramos to attack, and boy does he attack it! He smashes a header off the bar with Bravo nowhere near the ball. Fantastic effort.
48'
 
YELLOW CARD: Mikel Gonzalez (Real Sociedad)
Real Sociedad Yellow card

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

46'
Of course, this is a big game for Sociedad as well. They're chasing Champions League qualification, and with Athletic Bilbao not playing until Monday this is an opportunity for them.
45'
The second half is under way at the Anoeta!
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Despite the scoreline Real Madrid will need to be better than that in the second half. Sociedad are unfortunate to be behind at the break, but that goal could prove to be huge in Los Blancos' season. Tweet me your thoughts on the first half (@grahamruthven)!
45'
HALF TIME: Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Right

44'
 
GOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 1 (44 mins - Asier Illarramendi). Benzema cuts inside and shoots at goal. His effort is saved but the former Sociedad man knocks in the rebound. It was meant to be. He doesn't celebrate.
43'
Good chance for Sociedad! The ball is whipped into the box, with Alonso heading away in front of his keeper. But when the ball fall to the edge of the box Griezmann strikes back at goal. However, Illarramendi gets his body in the way to block.
42'
Real Sociedad can be a threat from set pieces as well, but on this ocassion the ball from the corner kick is too strong and neither Martinez or Gonzalez can make a connection on it at the back post.
41'
Vela breaks forward from the halfway line, and has options left and right when he gets about 30 yards from goal. But he decides to take the shot himself, shooting straight into the arms of Lopez.
40'
Ancelotti looks itching to get his team in for a talk during the break. He needs to find more penetration and more of a cutting edge in the final third. Could he bring on Di Maria for the second half?
Real Madrid Yellow card

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

39'
 
YELLOW CARD: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
38'
As I said earlier, I think Real Madrid's best chances will come from set pieces. With players like Pepe and Ramos you always have chances from corner kicks and freekicks. They need to get on the end of them.
37'
Of course, a lot of the credit must go to Sociedad. They've set up very well here and are making themselves hard to break down.
36'
Bale is played in behind the fullbacks for the first time tonight, but when he looks up for a teammate in the box he only has Isco. He has to wait for more to arrive, by which time his momentum has been lost.

Bale on the left wing now. Isco on the right. We kinda need Di Maria now.

34'
Ancelotti is on the touchline, pondering things. He needs to come up with a masterplan. Are his team tired after their Champions League exploits during the week?
33'
It looks to me as though Real Madrid are taking too many touches when they move into the final third. They need to make the most of the pace they have and get into dangerous positions faster.
32'
Considering the attacking talent Real Madrid have on the pitch it's remarkable that they haven't created a single goalscoring opportunity in these opening 30 minutes. Also testament to Sociedad's defending.
30'
Interesting to hear the reception Illarramendi is getting every time he touches the ball. Of course, he moved from Sociedad to Real Madrid in the summer.
29'
Just to reiterate, Real Madrid need a win here tonight. They're currently six points off the top of La Liga. A draw would only take them to within five points. You'd think that would rule them out of the title race.
28'
Looking at the bench, Ancelotti doesn't really have many other options. By Real Madrid's high standards it's quite an inexperienced and young bench. How does he change things?
27'
With no Ronaldo, Bale lines up a freekick from 25 yards but he smashes his shot straight into the centre of the wall. We've come to expect better from the most expensive player in the world.
26'
Real Madrid look slightly rattled at the moment. Bale and Isco have seen hardly any of the ball, and Real Sociedad are well organised at the back. Can they use set pieces to find a way through?
25'
Sociedad have a real threat in attack when they use Griezmann and Vela. The two of them are always difficult to track, especially when they exchange positions constantly throughout the game.
24'
Indeed, Real Madrid are struggling to break down the Sociedad defence. They're missing Ronaldo and his directness. They need Bale to step up.
23'
Remember, as recently as February Barcelona came here and were beaten 3-1 by Sociedad. This is a very difficult test for Real Madrid and it's turned out that way in these opening 20 minutes or so.
22'
So close! Vela plays a chipped ball into Griezmann, who is making a run across the goal. But his flicked on header flashes just over the bar and lands on top of Lopez's net. That would have been some goal!
21'
Carvajal is pushing higher and higher up the pitch not that he doesn't have Angel on top of him. The Real Madrid right back wins a corner kick for his team, but it doesn't amount to anything.
19'
We can only assume Angel has been withdrawn due to injury. He's been quite prominent in this first half, and now he's been replaced by Ansotegi, who is more of a centre back. Let's see how this works.
18'
Oh dear. Pepe breaks from the back, crossing the halfway line. But then he gets a bit too excited and decides to shoot at goal. In the end it flies over the bar, somewhat unsurprisingly. Benzema looks round at his teammate and laughs.
Real Sociedad Substitution
17'
 
Real Sociedad sub: Jose Angel OFF, Jon Ansotegi ON.
16'
It's very congested in the middle of the pitch, but that means that when the ball is worked out of that area there's loads of space to break into. It's making for a very compelling contest.
15'
What a save! Lopez somehow manages to save Vela's shot from about three yeards but the flag is up for offside. That would have been a sensational save. The flick on at the near post from Griezmann was good, too.
14'
A freekick from a deep position causes mayhem in the Real Madrid after taking a deflection off Benzema, but Los Blancos hook the ball away under pressure.
13'
 
Isco looks to be through on goal after being slotted through by Benzema, but just as he prepares to take his shot the linesman's flag is raised. Looking at replays, he was a good yard onside when the ball was played.
12'
Isco swings a corner kick delivery into the box looking for Bale, but it's cleared by Gonzalez and Sociedad come forward on the counter attack. Real Madrid are struggling to break them down.
11'
In Ronaldo's absence Real Madrid also need Bale to step up. He's had a good first season, scoring a goal every other game on average, but he needs to be the main man for Real Madrid here.
10'
Angel surges up the left wing once again and picks a fantastic pass into Elustondo, who takes the ball in his stride. He breaks into the box but after winding up the shot Ramos comes across to make the block.
9'
Ronaldo isn't the only who is missing for Real Madrid tonight. Marcelo isn't playing, with Nacho coming into the left back spot.
8'
Real Madrid are just starting to calm the game down, but Real Sociedad are still pressing the ball very hard and are keeping their own tempo quick whenever they win the ball back.
7'
Isco played very well against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during the week. The confidence seems to be flowing back to him and he'll need to turn in a big performance tonight. Real Madrid need him.
6'
It looks like Isco is playing on the left, with Bale on the right and Benzema through the centre. Of course, Ancelotti is without Ronaldo for this game. We've been told that he's not 100 %.
5'
Sociedad have started this game really well. They're a difficult team to beat at the Anoeta. Real Madrid have a tough task on their hands here tonight.
4'
Angel plays a wonderful pass down the left side for Vela to run on to. However, Ramos comes across to make the challenge and does so, putting the ball out for a corner kick, which eventually comes to nothing.

Real Soc shape looks same as against Barca a few weeks back, Vela & Griezmann up top with Canales looking to launch em on break.

2'
So it's do or die time for Real Madrid tonight. Atletico and Barca have already won today, which has left Los Blancos six points off the top. They need a win here.
1'
We're under way at the Anoeta!
18:55
TEAM NEWS: Real Sociedad - Bravo, Martinez, Gonzalez, Martinez, Angel, Bergara, Elustondo, Zurutuza, Canales, Vela, Griezmann. /// Real Madrid - Lopez, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Alonso, Illarramendi, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Bale.
18:50
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter to let me know your thoughts ahead of kick-off. Can Real Madrid get their title challenge back on track or will Real Sociedad cause them problems? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
18:45
Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Spanish league clash between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at the Anoeta. Kick-off: 19:00.

Starting Line-ups

Real Sociedad
Real Madrid
    • Bravo
    • José Ángel
    • 6
      Iñigo Martínez
    • 3
      González
    • 2
      Martínez
    • 16
      Canales
    • 5
      Bergara
    • Elustondo
    • 17
      Zurutuza
    • 11
      Vela
    • Griezmann
Team Manager:  David Moyes
    • 11
      Bale
    • 9
      Benzema
    • 23
      Isco
    • 24
      Illarramendi
    • Alonso
    • 19
      Modric
    • 15
      Carvajal
    • 3
      Pepe
    • 4
      Ramos
    • 18
      Nacho
    • López
Team Manager:  Rafael Benitez
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
C. Bravo 0 3 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
C. Martínez 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Iñigo Martínez 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
M. González 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 74
José Ángel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 18
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Elustondo 0 0 1 18 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
M. Bergara 0 0 0 34 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 90
S. Canales 0 0 0 58 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 90
D. Zurutuza 0 0 0 26 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 63
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Griezmann 0 0 1 29 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
C. Vela 0 0 1 18 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 90
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. López 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Pepe 1 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
S. Ramos 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
D. Carvajal 0 0 0 5 4 0 3 1 1 0 0 90
Nacho 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
L. Modric 0 0 0 63 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 90
A. Illarramendi 1 0 1 54 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
X. Alonso 0 0 1 73 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 88
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
K. Benzema 0 0 1 24 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
G. Bale 1 0 1 43 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 86
Isco 0 0 0 52 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 81
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