Saturday October 29, 2011 Day 11 Finished Anoeta

Real Sociedad 0 - 1 Real Madrid

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  1. Higuain fires Real top

    Higuain fires Real top

    Real Madrid moved top of La Liga courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain's ninth minute winner in a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad at the Estadio Anoe. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Sociedad
    • Real Madrid
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A fifth defeat in six games for the home side. Real Madrid run out deserving winners in this one. An eighth straight win in all competitions for them.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Inigo Martinez is booked for a late tackle on Ronaldo.
    • 87' Khedira gets the ball back to Ramos before Benzema is caught offside. Real Madrid drop deep to try to see out this match.
    • 86' Martinez chops down Ronaldo with a late tackle. Sociedad looking for one final chance here.
    • 85' Sociedad on the ball at the back, but they need to get it up the park. The visitors have settled for this 1-0 victory by the looks of things.
    • 84' Ruben Pardo is the latest change for Sociedad as he takes over from the newly booked Markel.
    • 83' Markel flies into a late tackle on Di Maria. He is booked. Game all getting a bit messy in these closing moments.
    • 82' Martinez departs to be replaced by Agirretxe for Sociedad.
    • 81' Martinez is going to be booked for a late trip on Arbeloa. Real Madrid bench unhappy with that one.
    • 80' Sergio Ramos is booked for a late sliding lunge on Griezmann.
    • 79' Benzema is introduced for Higuain as they continue their job-sharing duties.
    • 78' Mariga hammers a shot at the visiting goal, but never had the power to trouble Casillas. Change coming then for Madrid.
    • 77' Vela with the free-kick, but that is truly awful as Casillas comes from his goal to take with little or no fuss.
    • 76' Martinez is brought down by Ronaldo and the home side have a free-kick out wide.
    • 75' Sergio Ramos heads the ball out of play. Not too sure what he was trying to do there. Ronaldo then penalised for a foul at the halfway line.
    • 74' Looks like Real Madrid are going to make another change with Benzema getting warmed up.
    • 73' Di Maria tries to pick out Ronaldo, but the ball runs through to Bravo in the home goal.
    • 72' Sergio Ramos clips the ball over the bar from five yards out! Should have been game, set and match for Real Madrid, but they remain without this second goal they crave.
    • 71' Bravo with the ball at the back for Sociedad as Ronaldo goes to ground looking for some sort of decision that was never going to come.
    • 70' Ronaldo manages to beat the offside trap, but this time he can't play in Higuain. Sociedad battling hard to stay alive in this match.
    • 69' Higuain with the chance for Real Madrid. Should have shot, but tried to play in Ronaldo and the move breaks down. Glorious chance spurned.
    • 68' Griezmann is going to be booked for a pretty wretched tackle on Sergio Ramos. Was a poor challenge. Lucky to avoid a red card.
    • 67' Diarra is replaced by Khedira for Real as they seek a second goal to ease the tension.
    • 66' A few nerves in the visiting side. They should have been a goal or three ahead, but they are clinging to this lead.
    • 65' Casillas forced to make a fine diving stop to tip the ball wide from Griezmann's longer ranger. That was an excellent save, and it had to be.
    • 64' Real Madrid will be top of the table this evening if they can hold onto this victory, but far from in the bag.
    • 63' Another decision goes against Ronaldo. He is waving his finger in protest, but was offside.
    • 62' Change for the visitors as Kaka replaces Ozil.
    • 61' Real Madrid have kept three consecutive clean sheets on the road in the league for the first time since February 2009 - this would be the fourth.
    • 60' Real patient as the ball flies from side to side. Would dearly love a second goal, but not looking as likely as in the first half.
    • 59' Change then for the home side as Griezmann is thrown on for Estrada.
    • 58' Diarra loses the ball and Vela forces Casillas to make his first save of the night. Decent stop by the Spain keeper as the shot flew in from the edge of the box.
    • 57' Sociedad fairly flying into the tackles. As long as there is only one goal in this, there is life in the home side. A much better half for Sociedad.
    • 56' Ronaldo caught offside from Di Maria's pass.
    • 55' Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure out wide as he tried to fire in a cross only for the ball to hit off him and head out for a Sociedad goalkick.
    • 54' Sociedad forced to hit the ball long from the back. Real Madrid pressing the game so high up the pitch.
    • 53' Arbeloa thumps a shot across goal. Bravo keeps his eyes on the ball as it flies out of play.
    • 52' Bravo hammes the ball up the park, but Prieto can't keep it in play as the visitors again collect the loose ball.
    • 51' Prieto heads the cross from Martinez goalwards, but Vela was impeding Casillas and the visitors have a free-kick.
    • 50' Ramos with a long hopeful ball up the park. That is food and drink for Bravo, who is out to collect with so much time.
    • 49' Martinez with the cross. Wasn't dealt with too well by Arbeloa. Sociedad seeing a bit of the ball, but Arbeloa is coolness personified in nodding back to Casillas.
    • 48' Sociedad continue with the solitary forward. Surely will need to get themselves forward. If they sit any deeper, they are going to wind up off the park.
    • 47' No changes at the break from the home side. Di Maria goes down under the late challenge by Cadamuro. And that is a booking.
    • 46' Real Madrid get the second half underway.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for half-time. A 1-0 lead for Real Madrid. Should have been more, but there could be more in the second period. Stick with us for the second period.
    • 44' There is not going to be any time added to this half.
    • 43' Sociedad cannot get out of their own half. Have had only one shot on target in this first period.
    • 42' Ronaldo picks the pass out wide for Real Madrid. The home side keeping the ball again with some relish. Alonso picks out Ozill, but he is deemed to be offside after going too early.
    • 41' Something of a minor miracle who Real Madrid have only scored one goal so far this evening. Has been all Real Madrid and then some.
    • 40' Another chance goes abegging as Di Maria picks out Higuain. Superb save from Bravo to keep out his shot before Ozil knocks an attempt wide seconds later.
    • 39' Madrid work it quick. Di Maria cuts through the home defence to fire in the shot. Looked like the second, but Bravo dives to make a timely stop.
    • 38' Mariga then goes through Ozil with a late one as Real Madrid earn the free-kick.
    • 37' Higuain tries to pick out Ronaldo with the cross, but Mariga was there to make the clearing header.
    • 36' Real Madrid continue to work hard to regain the ball. Mourinho perched on his seat in the technical area. Not looking too concerned at the moment.
    • 35' Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Sociedad, winning six.
    • 34' Higuain drifts into the box. Tries to clip over the cross, but a poor delivery and the home side have a goalkick.
    • 33' Madrid deserve a second goal, but while they are only 1-0 ahead there is life yet in this match. Real again in possession.
    • 32' Sociedad quickly up the park at the other end. Not much room for them to do anything of any great note. Larranaga wins a header in midfield, but Casillas claims that without too much incident.
    • 31' Madrid up to 77% possession as Ronaldo forces Bravo to make a decent stop from his 25-yard shot. Was dipping, and not the easiest effort to handle.
    • 30' Sociedad have yet to bring a save out of Casillas, which sums up the pattern of this match. All frantic stuff in the home half.
    • 29' Di Maria with the delivery this time, but that is a wasted opportunity as the ball flies out of play on the other side.
    • 28' Ronaldo smashes in the free-kick, but it comes off the home wall before flying wide, and Real have another corner.
    • 27' Vela fouling Ramos and the visitors earn a free-kick. Di Maria caught late by Larranaga.
    • 26' Ball breaks to Higuain out wide. Dinked in the cross. Just missed Ronaldo before Sergio Ramos nods into the grateful arms of Bravo.
    • 25' Martinez tackles Coentrao and the visitors have another corner to be floated over by Ozil.
    • 24' Martinez fails to control the ball out wide in a fair bit of space. Poor stuff really and Real Madrid are handed cheap possession.
    • 23' Alonso tries to pick out Ronaldo, but he goes too early and is just offside.
    • 22' Cadamuro forced to whack the ball clear. Real Madrid continue to come forward with some intensity.
    • 21' Ozil working the ball out wide to Coentrao, but this time his cross is too deep. The visitors utterly dominant.
    • 20' You can read about Messi's hat-trick for Barca against Mallorca earlier in the evening. Messi treble buries Mallorca
    • 19' Real Madrid have won the last 67 league games in which they have taken the lead (since 1-2 vs Osasuna in May 2009).
    • 18' Ronaldo unhappy about something or other. He picks out Ozil seconds later, but his cross is just too deep. Sociedad continue to live off scraps.
    • 17' Vela passes the ball short to Estrada, but his delivery is poor and the black shirts can launch the ball up the park.
    • 16' Home fans making plenty of noise, but not too sure how much effect this is having on the visitors. Sergio Ramos concedes a corner.
    • 15' Larranaga spins on the edge of the box to fire in a shot for Sociedad. Ball flies over the bar. Better play from the home side. First real foray forward of the evening.
    • 14' Alonso with a corner and then a cross, but he fails to trouble Bravo in the home goal as he comes out to take the ball without too many problems.
    • 13' Demidov forced to concede a corner after Coentrao embarked upon another fine run.
    • 12' Real Madrid continue to turn the screw as they push bodies forward. Like Mallorca against Barca, Sociedad can't get near it.
    • 11' Ronaldo embarks on a slalom run. Goes to ground under pressure from Demidov, but the referee says no penalty. Ronaldo sporting a perplexed look.
    • 10' A booking for Arbeloa for a late tackle on Martinez.
    • 9' Disastrous start really for the home side, who were hoping to keep it tight in the opening 10 minutes. The visitors no longer have to chase the game.
    • 8' GOAL! Coentrao with the pass for Higuain and he races clear to chip the ball over Bravo for the opening goal. Lovely move and finish. Madrid have the lead.
    • 7' Alonso has his pocket picked before Diarra is penalised for a late tackle. Sociedad working so hard to close down space.
    • 6' Higuain caught offside from the pass by Arbeloa. Just went too soon.
    • 5' Real Sociedad have lost only one of their last eight league games at home - but have won only one of the last five.
    • 4' Ronaldo driving at the home defence with his usual menace. Fine run and cross, but Bravo keeps his eye on the ball to collect. Madrid quickly into their stride.
    • 3' Early chance for Ronaldo as he broke free in the home side's box, but the striker can only lift the shot over the bar. Ronaldo penalised for handball seconds later.
    • 2' Sociedad have lost four of their past five matches. Vela caught offside in the opening seconds of this one. Looked like a harsh decision.
    • 1' Real Madrid in their black shirts as this one gets off and runnings.
    • 20.55 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Real Sociedad against Real Madrid from La Liga.
  • Summary

    • 72' Sergio Ramos clips the ball over the bar from five yards out! Should have been game, set and match for Real Madrid, but they remain without this second goal they crave.
    • 69' Higuain with the chance for Real Madrid. Should have shot, but tried to play in Ronaldo and the move breaks down. Glorious chance spurned.
    • 65' Casillas forced to make a fine diving stop to tip the ball wide from Griezmann's longer ranger. That was an excellent save, and it had to be.
    • 58' Diarra loses the ball and Vela forces Casillas to make his first save of the night. Decent stop by the Spain keeper as the shot flew in from the edge of the box.
    • 40' Another chance goes abegging as Di Maria picks out Higuain. Superb save from Bravo to keep out his shot before Ozil knocks an attempt wide seconds later.
    • 39' Madrid work it quick. Di Maria cuts through the home defence to fire in the shot. Looked like the second, but Bravo dives to make a timely stop.
    • 8' GOAL! Coentrao with the pass for Higuain and he races clear to chip the ball over Bravo for the opening goal. Lovely move and finish. Madrid have the lead.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Sociedad

    Manager: Philippe Montanier

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Line-up

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