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Played
May 26, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta — Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 30586‎
 
Top of the Match
Diego López Rodríguez
Diego López Rodríguez
Real Madrid
Kaká
Kaká
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Mikel González Martínez
Mikel González Martínez
Real Sociedad
José Mourinho
José Mourinho
Real Madrid

Real Sociedad 3-3 Real Madrid: Basques salvage precious point against los Blancos

Philippe Montanier's men put in a valiant display to come from behind twice in order to secure a valuable draw which keeps them in the race for Champions League qualification

By Tom Webber

Real madrid celebrates against Real Sociedad
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Real Sociedad left it late to earn a valuable point with a 3-3 draw against a largely second-string Real Madrid side at Anoeta.

Gonzalo Higuain put los Blancos ahead inside six minutes and despite a valiant fight from the hosts which saw them control the game for large parts, Jose Callejon added a second after the break. Xabi Prieto and Antoine Griezmann brought the Basques level and though it looked as if Sami Khedira had won it for the visitors late on, Prieto popped up with a priceless stoppage-time equaliser.

Jose Mourinho made six changes to the team which suffered defeat in the Copa del Rey final last weekend and it only took six minutes for one of those replacements to open the scoring.

Mikel Gonzalez hesitated in possession in front of his own goal and a clumsy pass saw him gift the ball straight to Higuain. The Argentine thanked him by racing through on goal to slot a cool finish past Claudio Bravo and into the bottom corner.

Montanier's men were not fazed by going behind and were only denied an equaliser by an irrepressible Diego Lopez. The former Sevilla keeper readjusted excellently to keep Griezmann's header out after 20 minutes and soon after he turned Imanol Agirretxe's nodded effort over the bar.

Shortly before the break, Alberto de la Bella latched onto Asier Illarramendi's chipped pass and rolled the ball across the box, but Griezmann stretched to get a touch and inadvertently took it away from Agirretxe who was awaiting a simple finish at the back post.

The second half continued in a similarly exciting manner, with Kaka failing to bend his shot on target from the top of the box before Lopez parried a thunderous cross-goal effort from Agirretxe.

But it was los Merengues who struck next as Kaka bided his time on the left wing before finally threading in a magnificent cross upon spotting the run of Callejon who, one-on-one with the keeper, steered the ball into the corner of the net with his first touch.

Montanier's side were offered a route back into the game as Khedira handled the ball inside the area with 63 minutes played. Prieto was given the responsibility of the penalty and he showed nerves of steel to roll it into the bottom corner.

Six minutes later the game should have been level as Griezmann latched onto Agirretxe's scything through-ball. The Frenchman rounded the keeper but was unable to wrap his foot around the ball and send it into the empty net.

Agirretxe was unfortunate not to find the net from Diego Ifran's free kick, but with 12 minutes remaining the Basques found their equaliser. A quick move down the right ended with Carlos Martinez sending a low ball to the back post where Griezmann finally got his goal with a simple tap in.

The game was only level for two minutes, though, as Germany internationals Khedira and Mesut Ozil combined with the former dinking a delightful finish over Bravo to regain his side's lead.

But the same defiant spirit that Sociedad had displayed earlier in the game shone through in stoppage time as Prieto bundled in an equaliser at the far post despite Lopez's best efforts to deny him.

A draw still means that the San Sebastian outfit will need results elsewhere to go there way if they are to secure a return to the Champions League, while Madrid fall 15 points behind champions Barcelona following their derby win over Espanyol.


Real Sociedad

1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.50
3
2.00
6
3.00
24
3.00
5
Markel Bergara
Midfielder
25′ 81′
2.50
24
Asier Illarramendi
Midfielder
59′
3.00
10
Xabi Prieto
Midfielder
64′ 93′
3.50
18
Chory Castro
Striker
70′
3.00
7
3.50
9
3.50

Real Madrid

4.00
25
3.00
2
2.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
83′
2.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.50
33
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
63′ 80′
3.00
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
45′
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
3.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
57′ 66′
3.50
9
3.00
7

Substitutes

13
Zubikarai
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
Cadamuro
Defender
 - 
20
 - 
14
Rubén Pardo
Midfielder
 - 
17
Zurutuza
Midfielder
59′
2.50
23
Javier Ros
Midfielder
 - 
21
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Pepe
Defender
 - 
18
3.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
70′ 80′
2.50
22
 - 
9
 - 
21
Morata
Striker

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

3.00
-
 
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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0