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Deportivo La Coruña
29 October 2011
• Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 25289
I'm Roger Gonzalez (@RCGonzalez10) and it's been a pleasure. Thanks for all the messages on Twitter. As always, stick with Goal.com for the match report and player ratings on this contest and all the other major games around Europe. The final score from Basque Country, Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid.2
Many probably expected more than one goal in this game but it was not to be. Higuain's goal is enough as Madrid end the night as the top club in Spain, sitting in first place. Levante will play tomorrow with an opportunity to re-gain their spot at the summit of La Liga.
90' + 3'
Foul on Arbeloa by Vela does it. The game is over!
90' + 1'
Sociedad lose the ball in their defensive half and that should do it.Just over a minute left as it is nothing more than a possession game.
Yellow Card Íñigo Martínez
Three added minutes to this one.
Foul on Ronaldo near midfield after Sociedad wasted another chance moving forward. With the ball again down the right, the home side lose it to Ramos, who clears well.
A few minutes remaining as Benzema earns a corner inside the box after this cross was blocked. On the corner, a short corner by Kaka allows the team to waste more time.
Yellow Card Markel Bergara
Five minutes left for the home side to make something of their night as they look to attack with everything they have. Just as they look to go forward, Markel takes down Di Maria, clipping the Argentine's legs as he goes flying into the air.
Carlos Martínez Díez
Yellow Card Carlos Martínez Díez
Another wasted chance as the cross is cleared. Sociedad have been nothing short of poor with the ball on the night.
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Benzema comes on for Higuain. Then, Coentrao commits a handball outside of the box. Nice chance coming here.
Mariga, with the ball in the middle of the attacking half, makes a few cuts before testing Casillas from deep, but it flies past the goal, never really threatening the World Cup winner.
Just over 10 minutes remaining as Kaka handles the ball calmly in the middle of the pitch.
Benzema is warming up, looking to come on, most likely for Higuain to see off the last minutes of the match.
What a miss! It should have been 2-0! Sergio Ramos lays out at the back post, looking to put home Higuan's solid cross, but the defender does not arrive in time, failing to register the goal that would calm the nerves for Madrid.
Ronaldo is getting rouged up a bit on the pitch, and of course, the home fans love it. The frustration grows for the Portuguese.
Great work by Ronald on the left side of the box near the by-line, winning a corner after a clever cut resulted in a dangerous ball across the face of the goal. On the corner, Madrid turn it over as Sociedad clear.
Yellow Card Antoine Griezmann
Sergio Ramos is steaming as Griezmann just destroys the defender with a dangerous tackle. That has to be a red card. No doubt about it. The ref only awards a yellow after the Sociedad player plants the bottom of his boot into the shit of the Spaniard. Unbelievable.
Little credit to Senegal Godson on Twitter, who called Kaka for Ozil due to the Brazilian's recent performances. Lets see if today is another.
Griezmann!!! The sub fires a shot from outside the box to the right side of the goal, but Casillas pushes it wide!
Kaka comes on for Ozil. The Brazilian has been in fine form for Madrid, even earning a call-up to the national team. Here is another chance for him to make a big impact.
Kaka is set to come on the pitch as Mourinho's men look to double up Sociedad.
There is Vela's chance! The Mexican scoops up Alonso's error, but Casillas denies his effort with a solid save!
Little highlights for Sociedad in attack as Bravo has been the side's best in goal. Would be a good time for Carlos Vela to step up.
Arbeloa!! The defender takes a chance from the right side of the box, but his shot flies by the left post, much to the anger of Ronaldo, who wanted the ball.
Sociedad are pressuring with numbers early, looking to go on the counter. Uneventful first few minutes.
Yellow Card Cadamuro
Early card to Cadamuro for a tough challenge on Di Maria.
The second half is underway!
We will be back shortly with the second half.
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No added time as the first half comes to an end. Higuain's goal is what separates the two after the first 45 minutes.
A few minutes left in the first half as Sociedad are looking to make a late push as Martinez sends in a curving cross from the right, but Casillas grabs it in the air with no trouble.
Nearly a goal by Higuain! After Di Maria is sent through, the winger drills a low ball into the box where the striker gets a touch but is denied by Bravo. Solid stuff from the custodian in the first half.
Off the set piece, Di Maria nearly puts it away from close by Bravo does well to block the attempt.
Higuain down the left side on the counter sends in a dreadful ball that hits the defender right in front of him. Luckily for the visitors, Ozil is fouled outside the box by Mariga.
10 minutes to go before the first half as Real Madrid hang on to a slim advantage.
Keycee Odoemena has a prediction for the contest on Twitter: Real Madrid 1-2 Sociedad
Ronaldo! A bullet of a shot from outside of the box is saved well by Bravo.
Ronaldo wins a corner off a free-kick. Di Maria takes the corner, sending it over everybody and out of bounds.
If the game finishes like this, Real Madrid would just into first place as leaders Levante play on Sunday.
Ramos!!! After a cross from Higuain at the by-line, the ball flies into the box off of Ronaldo, falling right to Ramos, who heads the ball at Bravo. Poor attempt their from the Spanish international.
Coentrao sends a low through ball deep to Higuain, who was alone on goal, but he was offside by a couple metres.
Coentrao gets the ball in the left corner, making a few moves before lobbing a cross into the box. The ball flies over the head of the Real Madrid attackers, gifting the ball to the home side.
The fans scream and cheer as Ronaldo loses the ball down the right side as the pressure gets to him.
Little more being seen by Sociedad as they win a couple corners in the last few minutes, but getting by the central defenders has still proven difficult as Pepe and Ramos have been alert in the early stages.
There goes Sociedad's first chance as Prieto's shot gets sent out for a corner. On the ensuing kick, Casillas punches it out with ease.
Real Madrid are controlling the tempo with ball possession, looking to go down the left wing each time. Sociedad have failed to show anything in a attack, resorting to long passes over the top.
Yellow Card Arbeloa
A fine strike by Higuain there, but an even better pass from Coentrao, though the Sociedad defence looked as if they were sleeping.
Assist Fabio Coentrao
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOAL HIGUAIN!! PIPITA FINDS THE NET FOR HIS 10TH GOAL OF THE SEASON! A brilliant pass from Coentrao from outside the box sends the Argentine in at the front post where the former River Plate star poked the ball into the goal, past an oncoming Bravo. 1-0!
Real Madrid are looking a little sloppy with the ball at the moment, failing to infiltrate the box as the quality pass to send one through remains absent.
Ronaldo gets another chance down the left side after a dashing run, but his left-footed effort lands comfortably to Bravo, failing to hit the open far post.
Cristiano!!!! The former Manchester United star has an early chance from the left side of the box, but for some odd reason, he wraps his right foot behind his left leg for a trick shot, sending the ball way over the goal.
Just a couple minutes in and the screams rain down on the capital giants as Sociedad win a throw-in deep in Madrid's territory.
The game has begun! Real Madrid haven't lost to Sociedad in their last eight games. Will today be different?
The kickoff in moments as Real Madrid look to equal Barcelona's five-goal effort today against Mallorca.
For Real Sociedad: Bravo; C. Martinez, Demidov, Cadamuro, I. Martinez, Gonzalez; Estrada, Markel, Mariga, Prieto; Vela
The starting XI for Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Diarra, Xabi Alonso; Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria; Higuain
Real Madrid sit in third place in the league with 22 points. Sociedad are in 16th with eight points. Starting XI for each team coming shortly.
As always, you can get involved on Twitter by sending your predictions and thoughts to @RCGonzalez10
Welcome ladies and gentleman to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of Real Sociedad and Real Madrid! I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from this La Liga encounter.
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