Match ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 1.
Gareth Bale headed in a late goal as Real Madrid won 1-0 at Real Sociedad to briefly go top of La Liga.
Real were again without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, who also missed the goalless first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Manchester City.
Striker Karim Benzema was also absent but Bale filled the void with his 19th goal of the season.
Real play the return leg against City on Wednesday night.
Bale had missed a number of chances as Zinedine Zidane's side chased a 10th successive league win to keep the pressure on title rivals Atletico Madrid, who later beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0, and Barcelona, who went back to the top after beating Real Betis 2-0.
But the Wales international, 26, who scored twice as Real beat Rayo Vallecano a week earlier, enhanced Real's chances of a first title success since 2012 when he powerfully headed home a cross from Lucas Vazquez.
|La Liga title run-in|
|DATES||Barcelona||Atletico Madrid||Real Madrid|
|Sunday, 8 May (16:00 BST)||Espanyol (h)||Levante (h)||Valencia (h)|
|Saturday, 14 May (time TBC)||Granada (a)||Celta Vigo (h)||Deportivo La Coruna (a)|
What they said
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: "I am happy for him (Bale) because he has had problems this season with injury. But when he is fit you notice.
"We could have scored earlier in the first half, but we had to work until the end against a difficult side.
"I am happy with the performance and to get three points once again."
- 20Zaldúa BengoecheaBooked at 64mins
- 19Berchiche IzetaSubstituted forHernández Ortegaat 85'minutes
- 4IllarramendiBooked at 36mins
- 5BergaraBooked at 42minsSubstituted forReyesat 68'minutes
- 10Prieto ArgarateBooked at 48mins
- 7Na BangnaSubstituted forBautistaat 76'minutes
- 13Olazábal Paredes
- 14Pardo Gutiérrez
- 21Hernández Ortega
- 24De la Bella
- 4RamosBooked at 59mins
- 6NachoBooked at 62mins
- 19ModricBooked at 75minsSubstituted forKovacicat 85'minutes
- 10RodríguezSubstituted forIscoat 73'minutes
- 11BaleBooked at 41mins
- 29Mayoral MoyaSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 65'minutes
- 20Rodríguez Ruiz
- Alberto Undiano Mallenco
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 1.
Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).
Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. David Zurutuza (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi with a cross.
Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).
Zaldúa (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).
Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Mikel González (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Danilo.
Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Zurutuza (Real Sociedad).
Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Lucas Vázquez.
Attempt missed. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Bautista.
Substitution, Real Sociedad. Héctor replaces Yuri.
Substitution, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic replaces Luka Modric.
Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).
Yuri (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 1. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.