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Deportivo La Coruña
May 26, 2013
• 2:00 PM
• Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 30586
Xabi Prieto 64', 90'+
A. Griezmann 78'
G. Higuaín 6'
José Callejón 57'
S. Khedira 80'
Thanks for tuning in to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Real Sociedad's stoppage time 3-3 draw with Real Madrid! I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you all again next time.
That late point means that Real Sociedad can still finish in fourth place, if they can beat Deportivo in their last game, and Valencia fail to win at Sevilla! What late drama, fantastic stuff, and no less than the Basque side deserved.
What a game! What drama! Real Sociedad draw 3-3 at home to Real Madrid, in a game where they looked to have thrown away their season! Khedira struck late, by Xabi Prieto struck in stoppage time!
THEY'VE DONE IT! FULL TIME! The last kick of the game was turned home by Xabi Prieto! Sociedad's chase for Champions League football continues!
90' + 3'
Goal Xabi Prieto
GOOOOAL! THE BALL IS BUNDLED IN BY PRIETO! Diego Lopez does his best to keep it out, but Xabi Prieto managed to nod home the rebound!
90' + 2'
AGIRRETXE! WHAT A MISS! A wonderful cross is set up towards the forward, it looks as though he has to score, but the nods his header wide of the mark! The whole stadium thought he was destined to score!
90' + 1'
DISALLOWED! Griezmann blasts the ball into Diego Lopez' top right hand corner, but the Frenchman was stood in an offside position, but the through ball looked to be deflected though by Khedira! Unlucky!
Sociedad look as though they've thrown away their chance at playing in the Champions League last season, with Valencia currently leading against Granada! The hosts need a late goal!
IFRAN! GRIEZMANN! The Uruguayan is presented with a great chance, but fails to make any contact with the cross, before the ball continues to the back post - but Griezmann can only blast the ball miles over!
OZIL! A quick break from Real Madrid presents Ozil with the ball in the Sociedad box, but despite side-stepping to win some space, his effort is blocked!
HIGUAIN! Di Maria bursts forward wonderfully down the left hand side, whipping a tantalising ball towards the back post, but the Argentine striker can only slide in and slot his effort wide of the post!
WHAT A SAVE! Xabi Prieto fires an absolute bullet of a header towards Diego Lopez' goal, but the Real Madrid shot stopper was at his athletic best to palm the effort over the bar!
POST! Griezmann is played through by a good ball from De La Bella, but his effort cracks off the woodwork! Thankfully for the Frenchman, his miss wasn't significant, as the linesman's flag was raised for offside anyway!
Nobody saw that coming! The momentum was Sociedad's, the chances were theirs too, but in a momentary lapse of concentration, the visitors are back in front! Montanier won't believe his eyes, they've undone all of their hard work.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Sami Khedira
GOOOOOAL! KHEDIRA HAS SCORED! The atmosphere has gone flat again! The German international clips the ball brilliantly over Bravo, after a well weighted through ball from Ozil!
The hosts have around 15 minutes to grab their third goal, in what will be a fantastic comeback! They look the most likely team to score, as their marauding full-backs are being permitted freedom.
Assist Carlos Martínez Díez
Goal Antoine Griezmann
GOOOOOAL! GRIEZMANN! It was coming, and there it is! He couldn't miss after a fantastic cross which flashed across the six yard box!
CHANCE! Diego Lopez parries the powerful free-kick effort straight onto the onrushing Agirretxe, but luck is on Real Madrid's side as the ball cannons off the striker and wide!
Khedira brings down Ifran right on the very edge of the Real Madrid penalty area, but the German is still down hurt, despite giving away the foul. This could be a very important opportunity for the hosts.
Ifran almost provides a great assist, but Marcelo makes a vital interception! Agirretxe was waiting at the edge of the six yard box, but the Brazilian's important touch allowed for the ball to roll out of danger for a corner.
Xabi Prieto goes down on the edge of the Real Madrid box, but the referee isn't interested whatsoever! Play continues, and Michael Essien is forced to make an important header to clear the danger! Madrid are under the cosh again!
GRIEZMANN! Half of the ground thought it was in! The tricky Frenchman took the ball around Diego Lopez, but couldn't squeeze the ball home from a tight angle, with Castro lying in wait at the back post!
CHANCE! Castro squanders possession in a good area, but Prieto manages to rob Carvalho and place a dangerous ball across the box. Albiol half-clears, as Real Madrid hang on in there.
Ángel Di María
This is looking a little more like the first half again, as Sociedad look long for Griezmann once again. The Frenchman has been a little quiet in the second half, but that will look to change if the hosts want to get back into the match.
Penalty Goal Xabi Prieto
GOOOOAL Xabi Prieto slots home beyond the stretching Diego Lopez, to hand Sociedad a lifeline! The fans are positive again, the players return the ball for kick-off and we have a game on our hands!
Yellow Card Sami Khedira
PENALTY! Khedira is penalised for handball and Sociedad have a chance to pull one back!
The game is looking a little more promising for the hosts now, as they're being allowed back into the match by Real Madrid, who are happy to defend their lead now. Whether they can pick up three goals however, looks unlikely.
De La Bella tries to cut inside onto his right foot, but the full-back isn't given enough time or space to try his luck. The home support voice their disapproval, but that's promising from Sociedad, they've barely been out of their half so far!
Unimpressed and grim-faced fans fill the home support, as they know it's unlikely that their side will turn this around. Valencia are now in the driving seat for Champions League football.
Goal José Callejón
GOOOOOAL! JOSE CALLEJON! The non-existent forward pops up in the Sociedad box to poke Kaka's cross beyond Bravo!
DIVE! Higuain gets beyond the last man, but takes a poor touch, allowing for Bravo to rush out and claim the ball. However, when he knew that the Sociedad keeper would claim it, he threw himself on the floor. The referee looks on unimpressed.
Higuain is involved yet again as Real Madrid push on! The forward beats his man at the byline, whipping a dangerous cross in, but Martinez heads clear. Montanier's men are yet to get a foothold in the game.
OOOH! Inigo Martinez almost scores an own goal, almost nodding the ball over his onrushing goalkeeper! The ball nearly skims the outside of the post as it bounced narrowly wide!
Real Sociedad really haven't settled well at all in the second half, they're giving the ball away constantly under little pressure. Despite Agirretxe's chance, they've created nothing and have been scrappy.
Higuain has almost been allowed in behind by a Sociedad player yet again! Carlos Martinez was dispossessed this time! The Argentine's pressure really has caused them problems at times.
GREAT SAVE! Agirretxe is denied by Diego Lopez once again! Griezmann was unmarked at the back post, but the Sociedad forward opted to shoot powerfully instead!
KAKA! The ball rebounded out kindly to the Brazilian on the edge of the box, but he opens his foot a little too wide and curls the ball wide of the top corner!
CHANCE! HIGUAIN! Gonzalez has the last laugh this time, stretching to make a very, very important interception to prevent the Argentine from putting the visitors two ahead!
And we are back underway! Real Sociedad will hope to continue their first half siege, whereas I imagine that Real Madrid will be a different side after 15 minutes of alone time with Mourinho.
Oh dear, Illarra switches the play wide to Carlos Martinez but the Socieded full-back can only balloon a deep cross over Lopez' crossbar! That's the final piece of action from the first half, as the referee blows his whistle to signal half time.
I suspect that Montanier will instruct his team to do more of the same in the second half, as the equaliser certainly seems to be coming, whereas Jose Mourinho will probably air his frustrations. Jose Callejon in particular has been totally non-existent.
Real Sociedad will be wondering how they haven't managed to take at least one of their chances in the opening 45 minutes, as Griezmann in particular has gone extremely close on multiple occasions. Diego Lopez has done well, but the hosts should be level at the very least.
Yellow Card Michael Essien
De La Bella has really grown into this game, as Griezmann has pushed centrally to play off the last man, the Sociedad left-back has seen plenty of the ball and he's put in some fantastic deliveries.
Montanier will be wondering what his team have to do to score at the moment, Diego Lopez' goal is living a charmed life! Chance after chance is wasted by the hosts, but they can't be disheartened, they've been playing well.
OOOOH! SO CLOSE! A brilliant ball across the six yard box for De La Bella yet again, but Griezmann gets a toe to the ball which can't divert it home, and in fact takes it away from his teammate Agirretxe at the back post! Sociedad are continuing to press.
Two saves in the space of a minute for Lopez! Firstly, an Illarra header is diverted easily into his arms, before the Real Madrid keeper had to get down well to his left to pounce upon a ball which Griezmann had intentions of tapping home!
GRIEZMANN! De La Bella whips in a delightful ball from the left byline after beating his man, but Griezmann can't quite divert the ball home from a difficult angle! They're getting closer...
Oh dear, poor work from Kaka! The Brazilian bursts down the left flank, before facing up Carlos Martinez, but a terrible touch puts the ball within reach of Martinez, who clears. Jose Mourinho looks a frustrated man and rightfully so, his side have been poor offensively.
Real Madrid finally managed to piece together a decent spell of possession, allowing their defence a short breather. Sociedad really have been relentless so far in this game, but you wouldn't rule out Los Blancos grabbing a second on the break.
That Griezmann chance really was centimetres wide of giving Sociedad their equaliser. Michael Essien did just about enough to deflect the ball past Diego Lopez' top corner, and I don't think the Real Madrid keeper was getting there if it wasn't for the Ghanian!
GRIEZMANN! A Sociedad cross is sent back across goal by Agirretxe, but Essien manages to get something on the ball to take it off the head of Griezmann and behind for a corner! Lopez punches the resultant set piece clear.
Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo, as would be expected. Their counter attacks are petering out a little bit, as they're lacking the presence of a player who will take it upon himself to shoot. Kaka has got forward well so far, but he's lacking ruthlessness.
Diego Lopez is quick off his line to claim a Xabi Prieto cross, as Sociedad once again look for the head of Agirretxe. A combination of scrappy defending and great goalkeeping are keeping the hosts at bay, thus far.
Poor ball from Higuain! The Argentine presses well and forces another defensive error as a result of his effort, however he can't find the correct weight of pass to slip Callejon through on goal! The through ball rolls through to Bravo, that was unfortunate.
CHANCE! A good ball in from Castro is scrambled away by Albiol yet again, as the presence of Agirretxe causes problems once again. Real Madrid really are on the back foot at the moment.
CASTRO! After cutting in from the right once again, he tries an ambitious effort with his right foot, aiming for Diego Lopez' top corner. No luck for the Spaniard, however, as his shot balloons high and wide.
Real Madrid are playing a reasonably high line tonight, and Sociedad are trying to exploit it by attempting long, searching balls in the direction of Griezmann. Arbeloa hasn't looked the most comfortable player on the pitch so far, so it's an understandable ploy.
Yellow Card Markel Bergara
Agirretxe has been heavily involved so far, this time attempting to centre the ball with the outside of his right foot, but Albiol heads clear. Carvalho and Albiol aren't the classiest of defensive partnerships, but they're holding firm at the moment.
Diego Lopez has been keeping his side in the game in the past few minutes, as Real Sociedad get braver and braver, pressing more men forward. Xabi Prieto was almost allowed to square the ball to an unmarked Griezmann, but the former was offside.
SAVE! DIEGO LOPEZ! The Real Madrid keeper stands tall to tip a Agirretxe header over the crossbar, and Sociedad are frustrated once again! May it be noted that Agirretxe is playing despite receiving treatment a couple of times already.
The hosts are settling nicely into the game now, Real Madrid are struggling to hold onto possession for long periods. Clearances are finding their way to the feet of Sociedad players, it's a relentless barrage of attacks at the moment.
Griezmann and Agirretxe are looking dangerous in these early stages, and Carvalho is already having to resort to non-footballing methods to stop his markers from escaping him.
WHAT A SAVE! Griezmann manages to slip away from his marker, and directs a great header towards goal, but Diego Lopez pulls of a phenomenal reflex save to turn it around the post!
CHANCE! De La Bella tries to divert a header towards goal, but fails, and a second ball is put in towards Agirretxe, who fails to win the aerial challenge with Carvalho.
Real Sociedad are committing a lot of men forward in these opening stages, and the home side might just need to be careful. When Madrid's defenders win possession, they're able to set-up counter attacks with ease, something which Los Blancos are notoriously good at.
More half-chances for Real Sociedad! Carlos Martinez and Griezmann are whipping some testing balls into the opposition area, but Real Madrid are managing to scramble the ball clear untidily. There are definitely goals in this game for the hosts.
CHANCE! Great ball across from Carlos Martinez! The right back found himself in an advanced position, and played a wonderful ball across the corridor of uncertainty, leaving Diego Lopez stretching, but nobody was present at the back post to tap it home.
GONZALEZ! The defender also makes amends for his mistake, after controlling the ball in the box from a corner delivery, but fires his effort into the side netting from a tight angle! Close again!
The hosts certainly haven't had an easy start to this game! Despite a lack of Ronaldo, Mourinho's men have created dangerous chances and we're not even ten minutes in. A very open game so far!
Ooh! Agirretxe goes close! After wriggling clear of Carvalho, the Sociedad man tries to lift the ball cheekily over Diego Lopez, but clears the bar with his effort!
Effort from Agirretxe! Diego Lopez makes a comfortable save to his left, at a comfortable height, as the hosts look for immediate retaliation. They have made things hard for themselves by surrendering an early goal.
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOAL! Higuain puts the visitors ahead! Terrible mistake from Gonzalez, he gives the ball away to Higuain under little pressure, and the Argentine makes no mistake, slotting beyond Bravo!
Great challenge from Albiol! Though Agirretxe looked to be though on goal, the Spaniard puts in a great sliding tackle on the edge of his area!
No chances as of yet, the game has started in quite a cagey manner. Real Madrid have the potential to be a little bit unstable tonight, they have Carvalho and Albiol in the centre of defence - they're third choice at best.
There is a great atmosphere at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta tonight, with all of it's 32,000 seats filled. The home fans are expectant, if they win their final two games, they're in the Champions League play-offs.
Jose Gonzalez is our referee for the evening, and with the first blow of his whistle, the game is underway! Real Sociedad are in their blue and white stripes, whereas Real Madrid are donning their alternative green kit.
We're five minutes from kick-off, after a good season the hosts will want to finish in style and with potential European football next season. With notable absentees in the Real Madrid line-up, Montanier will feel that this is a great chance for his side.
Real Madrid substitutes: Adan, Pepe, Benzema, Ozil, Di Maria, Nacho, Morata.
Sociedad substitutes: Zubikarai, Ruben Pardo, Zurutuza, Cadamuro, Jose Angel, Ifran, Javi Ros.
Real Madrid starting line-up: Diego Lopez, Carvalho, Albiol, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Kaka, Modric, Essien, Khedira, Callejon, Higuain.
Real Sociedad starting line-up: Bravo, Mikel, De La Bella, Carlos Martinez, Inigo Martinez, Castro, Xabi Prieto, Illarra, Bergara, Agirretxe, Griezmann.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you fully updated with proceedings. Can Real Sociedad topple a soon Mourinho-less Madrid to secure fourth place? Tweet me with your predictions: @simonhfootball.
This evening should offer some interesting action in store, as Los Blancos seem fallible in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. As aforementioned, Real Sociedad need a win tonight to not be at the mercy of Valencia's result against Granada.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid in the penultimate day of La Liga action for this season. The home side are in search of three points to keep themselves cemented in fourth place, ahead of Valencia.
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