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January 6, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Ignacio Iglesias‎
Attendance:‬ 57136‎
 
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Real Madrid 4-3 Real Sociedad: Ronaldo leads los Blancos to dramatic win

In a chaotic match that saw two red cards and Casillas benched again, the capital outfit did just enough to survive Xabi Prieto's hat-trick to clinch a vital Liga victory

By Keeghann Sinanan

Real Madrid secured a priceless 4-3 victory over Real Sociedad in a thrilling Liga clash at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, with Cristiano Ronaldo coming through with a second-half brace to overcome Xabi Preito's hat trick.

Jose Mourinho dropped Iker Casillas to the bench in favor of Antonio Adan for the second game running, and matters seemed to be going according to plan when Karim Benzema put the hosts in front after only two minutes.

It all fell apart for Madrid and Mourinho four minutes later, though, as Adan conceded a penalty and was sent off for a professional foul, allowing Prieto to equalize from the spot. Sami Khedira put Los Blancos back in front, but Prieto pegged them back once more five minutes before the break.

The second half was just as eventful, as Ronaldo appeared to put the match out of reach with a quickfire double with 20 minutes remaining, but Prieto made matters tense with his third goal, before Dani Estrada's late red card ended the challenge of Sociedad for good.

Despite the victory, Madrid still remains in third place, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona, who can stretch their lead at the top further when it faces Espanyol at Camp Nou later on Sunday.

Mourinho’s decision to bench Casillas did not prove popular with the home support, who hailed the mention of the club captain while booing that of their coach during the pre-match lineup announcements. His choice proved to be costly six minutes in, as a poor clearance from Adan invited pressure from Carlos Vela, who was then tripped up inside the area by the keeper, who was given a straight red card.

The sight of Casillas readying himself on the touchline drove the fans into a frenzy, but after finally stepping between the posts after a lengthy delay, the club captain could do nothing to stop Prieto from converting the spot kick.

In the 68th minute, los Blancos finally surged ahead for good. A fantastic clipped ball from Benzema released Ronaldo, who needed only one touch to calmly place the ball into the back of the net. Two minutes later, Ronaldo would seemingly put the result beyond any doubt with a swerving free kick from the corner of the box that flew into the roof of the net.

Sociedad wasn’t finished just yet, and Prieto ensured a nervy end to the game after latching on to Chori's through ball to complete his hat trick with 14 minutes remaining. Sociedad's hopes were put to rest once and for all in the 79th minute, though, as Estrada was shown his second yellow card for blocking Ronaldo on the wing, giving Madrid the boost they needed to close out the victory.



Real Madrid

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
6′
1.50
2
Raphaël Varane
Defender
3.50
2
3.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
2.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
2′ 35′
3.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
85′
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
69′
3.00
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
3.00
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
Midfielder
44′ 68′ 70′
4.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
2′ 68′ 74′
3.50
7
3.00

Real Sociedad

3.00
1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
2.00
22
Dani Estrada
Midfielder
26′ 79′
3.50
24
4.00
10
Xabi Prieto
Midfielder
9′ 40′ 76′
3.50
14
Rubén Pardo
Midfielder
3.00
17
Zurutuza
Midfielder
51′ 73′
3.00
7
3.50
11
3.00
21

Substitutes

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
8′
3.00
18
 - 
2
Llorente
Defender
 - 
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
85′
3.00
22
 - 
22
Kaká
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
Zubikarai
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
3.00
20
 - 
24
3.00
18
 - 
23
Javier Ros
Midfielder

Coach/Manager

-
3.50

Coach/Manager

 
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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
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