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Real Sociedad 0-4 Real Madrid

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Gareth Bale

Real Madrid continued their pursuit of Spanish title rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona with a comfortable win at sixth-placed Real Sociedad.

Without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos led through ex-Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi's tap-in.

Gareth Bale doubled their lead with a spectacular long-range strike after an error by home keeper Claudio Bravo.

A clinical volley from Pepe, and Alvaro Morata's precise finish, gave the score a convincing look.

Third-placed Real are three points behind leaders Atletico, who are one ahead of Barcelona with six games left.

Carlo Ancelotti's side knew their title ambitions could hinge on the visit to Sociedad after watching both Atletico and Barcelona earn narrow wins earlier on Saturday.

And, after a flat first-half display, they showed their quality after the break to earn a deserved victory.

Sixth-placed Real Sociedad outclassed defending champions Barcelona in a 3-1 win in February and were attempting to ruin the title challenge of another illustrious rival.

The Basque club started at a ferocious pace as they looked to exploit any sluggishness from a Real side that had been in midweek Champions League action.

But, despite plenty of neat approach play, they only had fleeting sights of the Madrid goal.

Visiting goalkeeper Diego Lopez produced a wonderful reaction save to deny the already-offside Carlos Vela before France Under-21 forward Antoine Griezmann headed over the ex-Arsenal striker's cross.

Real Madrid defender Pepe
Real Madrid defender Pepe headed in his fourth La Liga goal of the season

Portugal skipper Ronaldo missed out with a knee injury and, in his absence, Real offered little attacking threat until defensive midfielder Illarramendi put them ahead.

France striker Karim Benzema cut inside from the left and hit a fierce low drive that Sociedad keeper Bravo could only push into the path of his former team-mate.

And the late first-half goal changed the complexion of the match as a different Madrid side reappeared after the break.

Ramos headed against the crossbar before Benzema hit the same part of the woodwork with a vicious left-foot strike.

But the second goal was down to a defensive mistake rather than slick attacking play. Bravo's miscue went straight to Wales forward Bale, who superbly guided the ball back into an empty net from 25 yards.

Madrid gave the scoreline a convincing look as Pepe swept in Ramos's downward header before Morata kept his cool after latching on to a incisive throughball from Angel Di Maria.

Line-ups

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bravo
  • 2Martínez
  • 20Valdés DíazSubstituted forAnsotegiat 18'minutes
  • 4Elustondo
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 48minsSubstituted forPardo Gutiérrezat 74'minutes
  • 6Martínez BerridiBooked at 56mins
  • 17ZurutuzaSubstituted forAgirretxeat 63'minutes
  • 5BergaraBooked at 71mins
  • 11Vela
  • 7Griezmann
  • 16Canales

Substitutes

  • 8Seferovic
  • 9Agirretxe
  • 13Zubikarai
  • 14Pardo Gutiérrez
  • 15Ansotegi
  • 18Castro
  • 23Ros Añón

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25López
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 90mins
  • 18Nacho
  • 14AlonsoBooked at 40minsSubstituted forCasemiroat 88'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 24IllarramendiBooked at 50mins
  • 19Modric
  • 9Benzema
  • 11BaleSubstituted forMorataat 86'minutes
  • 23IscoSubstituted forDi Maríaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 16Casemiro
  • 21Morata
  • 22Di María
  • 39Da Silva
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
30,016

Match Stats

Home TeamReal SociedadAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Sergio Canales (Real Sociedad).

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 4. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a through ball following a fast break.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Xabi Alonso.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Gareth Bale.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 3. Pepe (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Ramos with a headed pass following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Imanol Agirretxe.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Diego López.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Imanol Agirretxe.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María replaces Isco.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rubén Pardo (Real Sociedad).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  20. Post update

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

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