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James Rodriguez of Real Madrid
James Rodriguez headed his 11th goal of the season for Real Madrid after signing from Monaco last summer

David Moyes's first visit to the Bernabeu ended in defeat as Real Madrid came from behind to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

Real Sociedad boss Moyes saw his side make the ideal start as Aritz Elustondo headed them in front after 38 seconds.

But despite missing the banned Cristiano Ronaldo, Real equalised through a James Rodriguez header before Sergio Ramos made it 2-1 at half-time.

Karim Benzema then struck twice as Sociedad stayed winless away from home.

Moyes had wanted his first taste of the Bernabeu to be as a winner and the former Manchester United and Everton boss cannot have enjoyed the experience as he lost for the first time in seven meetings with Real's former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Under Moyes, Sociedad had pulled away from relegation trouble with just one defeat in their previous six league games.

Moyes had overseen a win over Barcelona at the start of January to further enhance his reputation in Spain.

A famous double was only briefly on the cards with Elustondo heading home a cross from Ruben Pardo's early corner.

The lead lasted only two minutes before Rodriguez nodded in a Marcelo cross and Sociedad's cause wasn't helped when top scorer Carlos Vela went off injured after 17 minutes.

Real continued to create chances with Gareth Bale twice going close before they did go in front when Ramos collected a loose ball in the penalty area to fire home his sixth goal of the season.

Bale missed another opportunity when he shot wide of an open goal just before the break but the Welshman had a hand in the third goal as he set up Benzema to locate the bottom corner with a left-foot shot six minutes into the second half.

The league leaders were dominant throughout and signed off with a fourth goal 15 minutes from the end when Benzema collected an Isco pass to steer a shot into the top corner to move to 17 for the season.

Real Madrid are now four points clear of Barcelona, who host Villarreal on Sunday.

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes greets Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti
David Moyes had bought a special bottle of 1959 Rioja to give to Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to thank him for his support since arriving in Spain
Real Sociedad manager David Moyes greets Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti
David Moyes had bought a special bottle of 1959 Rioja to give to Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to thank him for his support since arriving in Spain
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale missed a number of chances to add to his 14 goals for Real Madrid this season
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates
Sergio Ramos is looking to add to his three La Liga titles with Real Madrid

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 2Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 70mins
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forJeséat 74'minutes
  • 24IllarramendiBooked at 31mins
  • 8KroosSubstituted forKhediraat 81'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 23Isco
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 81'minutes
  • 11Bale

Substitutes

  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 6Khedira
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé

Real Sociedad

  • 1Rulli
  • 34ElustondoSubstituted forBergaraat 62'minutes
  • 3González
  • 6Iñigo Martínez
  • 19Berchiche IzetaBooked at 88mins
  • 4Elustondo
  • 14Rubén Pardo
  • 10Xabi Prieto
  • 8Granero
  • 16CanalesSubstituted forDe la Bellaat 45'minutes
  • 11VelaSubstituted forAgirretxeat 17'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bergara
  • 7Finnbogason
  • 9Agirretxe
  • 13Zubikarai
  • 18Castro
  • 20Zaldúa
  • 24De la Bella
Referee:
Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Attendance:
71,653

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home26
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Real Sociedad 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Real Sociedad 1.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesé.

Attempt missed. Markel Bergara (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesé with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Mikel González.

Booking

Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Yuri (Real Sociedad) is shown the yellow card.

(Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Yuri (Real Sociedad).

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gerónimo Rulli.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Sami Khedira replaces Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

Attempt blocked. Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto De la Bella with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 4, Real Sociedad 1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Isco.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gorka Elustondo.

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces James Rodríguez.

Offside, Real Sociedad. Esteban Granero tries a through ball, but Imanol Agirretxe is caught offside.

Booking

Marcelo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gorka Elustondo with a cross.

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Imanol Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mikel González (Real Sociedad).

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Markel Bergara (Real Sociedad).

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Sociedad. Markel Bergara replaces Aritz Elustondo.

goal

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