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Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale goal against Real Sociedad
All of Gareth Bale's goals so far this season have come in La Liga

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.

Relive how Real Madrid kept their title hopes alive.

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
DATESBarcelonaAtletico MadridReal 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."

Line-ups

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Rulli
  • 20Zaldúa BengoecheaBooked at 64mins
  • 30Elustondo
  • 3González
  • 19Berchiche IzetaSubstituted forHernández Ortegaat 85'minutes
  • 4IllarramendiBooked at 36mins
  • 5BergaraBooked at 42minsSubstituted forReyesat 68'minutes
  • 17Zurutuza
  • 10Prieto ArgarateBooked at 48mins
  • 28Oyarzabal
  • 7Na BangnaSubstituted forBautistaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Granero
  • 13Olazábal Paredes
  • 14Pardo Gutiérrez
  • 21Hernández Ortega
  • 23Reyes
  • 24De la Bella
  • 35Bautista

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 23Danilo
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 59mins
  • 6NachoBooked at 62mins
  • 19ModricBooked at 75minsSubstituted forKovacicat 85'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forIscoat 73'minutes
  • 11BaleBooked at 41mins
  • 29Mayoral MoyaSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 65'minutes
  • 18Vázquez

Substitutes

  • 3Pepe
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Casilla
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Kovacic
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 22Isco
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
26,381

Match Stats

Home TeamReal SociedadAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 0, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Danilo.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Zurutuza (Real Sociedad).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Lucas Vázquez.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Bautista.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Héctor replaces Yuri.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic replaces Luka Modric.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Yuri (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    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.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona362745104297585
2Atl Madrid36274560164485
3Real Madrid362664105327384
4Villarreal351710842311161
5Celta Vigo35169104955-657
6Ath Bilbao351671253431055
7Sevilla351410114942752
8Valencia351111134442244
9Las Palmas36127174449-543
10Malaga351012133132-142
11Eibar36119164656-1042
12Real Sociedad36119164247-542
13Real Betis361011153150-1941
14Dep La Coruña35718104357-1439
15Espanyol35107183567-3237
16Granada3699184265-2336
17Rayo Vallecano36811174870-2235
18Sporting Gijón3698193761-2435
19Getafe3588193364-3132
20Levante3578203363-3029
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