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86'
Lucas Vázquez
G. Bale
3 - 1
67'
Cristiano Ronaldo
Marcelo
2 - 1
49'
Bruma
Jonathas
1 - 1
42'
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
1 - 0
24'
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Miss

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 13 2
Total Passes 478 505
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FULL TIME! Real Madrid go temporarily top of the La Liga table, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu. Goals from Ronaldo and Vazquez were enough for the hosts, despite a beautiful equaliser from Bruma. The away side fought well and gave a good account of themselves, but Benitez's men came out on top at the end. That's all that we have time for and we hope to see you again next time.
Sociedad work the ball out to the right-hand side, with Vela able to go on a mazy run before switching play. Danilo comes out on top, before feeding possession into Vazquez, but the Real Madrid goalscorer is felled by a cynical challenge. Eusebio's men are looking tired and therefore capable of some cynical antics.
We're into the first of three minutes of stoppage time.
Rulli makes another good save, but Real Madrid are unable to create any kind of danger from the resulting corner. Real Madrid are happy to retain possession and wind down the clock. This will be a big win for Benitez and co.
Casemiro
L. Modrić
Casemiro is given the final few minutes at the Bernabeu, with the Brazilian anchoring the midfield for the dying embers of this contest.
G. Bale
Assist
Bale makes his way down the left flank, before guiding a lovely, sweeping cross into the path of his teammate.
Lucas Vázquez
Goal
GOOOOOOOOOAL! VAZQUEZ MAKES IT 3-1! The substitute grabs his first senior goal for the club, after good work down the left from Bale! The Spaniard takes a neat first touch, before slotting a calm and composed finish beyond an exposed Rulli!
Sociedad manage to set up camp in the hosts' half, with Real Madrid sitting back and absorbing pressure. Whistles are coming from the home fans, as Eusebio's men look to conjure up some late magic. Pepe steps up to make another good interception, with it being left to the front three to do all of the counter-attacking running.
Bale manages to feed a neat through ball towards Ronaldo, before the Portuguese international is dispossessed well by Martinez! The Real Madrid forward reacts in odd fashion, trying to prevent his adversary from getting back to his feet, but the referee blows for a foul. The much-needed third goal just isn't coming.
Just wide from Pardo! The midfielder is presented with an opportunity, after great work down the right-hand side from Vela! Pepe makes a timely block to ensure that the ball zips beyond the far upright, as the Portuguese defender make yet another vital intervention. The resulting set piece is claimed with ease by Navas.
Only 10 minutes remain in the Spanish capital, with the away side breaking dangerously. Vela and Bruma combine, before Illarramendi is picked out on the left flank, but a cross from the former Real Madrid midfielder is gobbled up by Navas. Nervy moments for Benitez and his men.
Marcelo drives to the left byline, before Martinez slides it to concede a corner for the hosts. Bale is nearly found by the resulting delivery, but the Welshman can't crane his neck enough to head towards the target! Moments later, Vazquez manages to win a corner, but Pardo may well have been guilty of handling the ball there.
Lucas Vázquez
K. Benzema
Vazquez comes into the fray for the dying minutes, with Benitez reshuffling his forward line as a result. Ronaldo and Bale will reposition themselves for the arrival of the young winger, as Benzema trudges off.
Yuri manages to find Bruma inside the penalty area, with the Portuguese winger unable to battle his way beyond Kovacic! A deflection off the shin of the Croatian substitute falls to Pardo, but the midfielder lasers a poor effort well wide of the post! Sociedad appeal for a corner, but the ball appeared to come off the calf of Vela.
The hosts are still not looking entirely convincing, with the absence of Sergio Ramos leaving Pepe with a lot to do in this Los Blancos back four. Nacho hasn't comfortable, with Danilo caught out of position on far too many occasions. With Vela and Bruma having the speed to transition quickly, Eusebio won't feel as though his Basque club are out of the equation yet.
Real Madrid will want a two-goal cushion before the end of this game, as they are currently in a very precarious position indeed. Sociedad win themselves a free kick, after Vela is fouled, but Pardo's delivery is half cleared with ease! Yuri picks up the rebound on the edge of the box, but fires a low drive wide of the left upright!
There's a stoppage in play, as Aritz goes down heavily after clashing heads in the centre of the park. Fortunately for Eusebio, the defender is quickly back to his feet. Important for the visitors, as they'd just made their final change. Eventually, a corner is allowed to be taken, but Navas once again isn't tested.
C. Vela
Jonathas
Jonathas is withdrawn for the away side, with Vela looking to freshen up the attack for the final 20 minutes.
Marcelo
Assist
Marcelo floats a wonderful corner delivery into the box, with the Brazilian getting an assist for his trouble.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Goal
GOOOOOOOOOAL! RONALDO MAKES IT 2-1! The Portugal international catches a corner delivery on the volley beautifully, guiding a low finish beyond Rulli and into the bottom-left corner! No stopping that!
Martinez lifts a long pass down the line, but Nacho does well to head clear under some pressure from Jonathas. The away side then earn themselves a free kick in a deep area, but Prieto is unable to make anything happen at the back post. Time is ticking away for the hosts, with Benzema denied by Martinez after trying to display some nifty footwork.
Bruma and Illarremendi combine down the left-hand side brilliantly, before a cross from the former is gathered up by Navas! Since equalising, Sociedad have had their fair share of chances. Bale breaks down the right for Real Madrid, before hanging up a dangerous cross, but Benzema can only scuff a sliced effort directly into Rulli's awaiting arms.
The longer than Sociedad stay in this game, the more belief that Eusebio's men will carry in their hearts. It is a totally different scenario for Los Blancos, who will just become more nervous and frustrated the longer the scoreline remains at 1-1. The pressure is definitely on the shoulders of Benitez's side at the moment, that's for sure.
Illarramendi
Yellow Card
The former Real Madrid midfielder picks up a card for a cynical tackle, after the Spanish midfielder stepped across Pepe.
We're into the final half an hour, with Real Madrid desperately chasing a winning goal. Kovacic hangs a cross up to the far post, with Benzema rising highest, but the Frenchman can only guide a tame header within Rulli's grasp! Sociedad respond with a counter attack, before Pepe manages to earn his side a free kick.
M. Kovačić
J. Rodríguez
Kovacic comes into the fray for the home side, with James sacrificed. The change gets a mixed reception, with it clear that the home fans want to see a positive surge in this fixture from Los Blancos.
Great defending from Pepe! Bruma and Jonathas combine brilliantly, with the latter scooping a neat through ball into the Real Madrid box! The ex-Galatasaray winger takes down the pass, but the aforementioned defender is there to intervene! Moments later, the hosts counter through James, who picks out Bale with a neat pass! The Welshman tries to stroke a first-time finish into the bottom-left corner, but Rulli makes a top save!
Nacho
Yellow Card
Nacho makes a very cynical tackle, with the Spaniard accepting the booking from the referee and ensuring that his opponent is okay.
Ronaldo picks possession up in a deep area and tries to drive with the ball, but the Portuguese star is very quickly robbed of it. Benitez's men are struggling to get a foothold in this second half, with the pace of Bruma proving to be a real thorn in the hosts' side at the moment. Sociedad can definitely cause some problems on the break.
Great save from Navas! Bruma uses his pace to race into the clear behind Real Madrid's lines, but Navas comes out brilliantly to deny the substitute in a one-versus-one situation! The Costa Rica international has been exposed on several occasions, but is keeping the hosts in this game! Both goalkeepers have been on form thus far.
Pardo releases Yuri down the left flank, but the Sociedad full-back can only angle a low delivery into the side netting! Real Madrid respond with a chance of their own, but Martinez does brilliantly at the back post to deny Ronaldo yet again. The right-back concedes a corner, which is taken short to the edge of the box, but Kroos lashes a terrible shot over the bar!
The home fans certainly aren't happy at the moment, with plenty of booing and whistling meeting the equaliser from Bruma. Benitez looks frustrated on the sideline, with it evident that the Spanish coach wanted his side to stay switched on over the half-time break. Ronaldo is picked out at the back post by a good cross, but can only lash a low volley into the side netting!
Jonathas
Assist
Jonathas slides a pass into Bruma, after doing well to battle and use his strength against Pepe.
Bruma
Goal
GOOOOOOOOOAL! BRUMA MAKES IT 1-1! The Portuguese substitute chops inside from the left, before curling a lovely finish into the top-right corner! That silences the Bernabeu and sends the small gathering of away fans into raptures! Game on!
Sociedad settle into the second half with a patient spell of possession, before Modric gives away a cheap free kick for a trip on Jonathas. Ruben Pardo tries his luck from the dead ball, but the young Spaniard can only curl an attempt high and wide of the top right-hand corner! 
We are back underway in the second half at the Bernabeu! The hosts have a 1-0 lead at the restart, but the home fans will be wanting to see a lot more from their charges before the final whistle. Sociedad need to respond quickly if they are to fight their way back towards a share of the spoils.
HALF TIME! Real Madrid go in with a 1-0 lead, with the home crowd adding their fair share of whistling into some applause. Ronaldo has missed one penalty, but managed to score another, with Sociedad on the end of two controversial refereeing decisions. The away players surround the referee has they leave the field, with their feelings absolutely clear.
We're into the first of two stoppage time minutes.
Rubén Pardo
Canales
Ruben Pardo comes into the fray for the away side, with Canales appearing to have some serious ligament damage. That could well be the Spaniard's season over already.
Sociedad have had terrible luck in this half, suffering two key injuries and being the subject of two very debateable refereeing decisions. Despite two being given against Yuri, Pepe somehow escaped conceding a spot kick of his own very early in the action.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
GOOOOOOOOOOAL! RONALDO OPENS THE SCORING! The Portugal international fires a low finish into the bottom-right corner, with Rulli finally beaten! Real Madrid are ahead at last, but Sociedad will feel very hard done by.
Play is halted once again, with Sociedad needing to make another substitution! Canales was racing with the ball, before pulling up terribly and going to ground without any contact. Given his lengthy injury history, Eusebio will hope that injury isn't too serious.
Carlos Martínez
Yellow Card
Martinez gets a yellow for dissent following the penalty decision, with the right-back one of many maroon shirts to surround the referee in disbelief.
PENALTY FOR REAL MADRID! Another harsh call! Bale tries to angle a cross in from the right-hand side, with Yuri sliding in to make a block! The ball cannons off his thigh and then up onto his arm, with the referee blowing for another spot kick!
Ronaldo is fed down the left flank once again, but the Portuguese forward is frustrated once again by Martinez! Real Madrid take a throw quickly and angle in a cross from the left, but Yuri heads half clear. The second ball falls to Benzema, but the Frenchman can only swivel to hit a poor strike directly down the throat of the goalkeeper! Rulli has been neat and tidy thus far.
Modric tries his luck from the edge of the box, with the ex-Tottenham midfielder thumping a hammerblow directly at Rulli! The Argentine goalkeeper spills it, but Bale takes a terrible first touch to rob him of the opportunity of scoring from the rebound. The home crowd do not sound happy at the moment.
Just wide from Jonathas! The Brazilian striker is picked out at the back post, following more good work down the left flank from the visitors. The journeyman manages to get his head to a delivery from Yuri, but can only divert a header beyond the near post! Eusebio's men keep the pressure on, with Bruma and Canales combining neatly, but Danilo makes a timely interception.
Marcelo makes tracks down the left flank once again, but Martinez does well to step out and rob the Brazil international of possession. Sociedad break forward as a result, but Yuri is only able to guide a terrible cross behind the runs of three advanced teammates. Benitez is roaming his technical area and looking to inspire his personnel to an opening goal, but Rulli hasn't had too many tough saves to make.
Yuri
Yellow Card
Bale takes a neat touch beyond Yuri, before using his pace and strength to burst beyond his opponent. The Sociedad left-back slides in desperately while trying to recover, but can only commit a cynical foul that is worthy of a yellow card.
Marcelo drives upfield and combines brilliantly with Benzema, but Inigo covers across his penalty area in excellent fashion to lift a flicked clearance away from the latter! It results in a corner for Los Blancos, but Pepe is unable to turn yet another header goalwards. Some of the hosts' approach play has been promising, but there's no sign of the end product that saw them net 10 goals against Rayo.
Important clearance from Pepe! Martinez guides a cross in from the right byline, but the Portuguese centre-back is there to deny Jonathas a sniff! Moments later, the Brazilian striker is afforded some space, but the ex-Elche man can only guide a flicked header high and wide of the target! Half chances once again for Sociedad.
Ronaldo tries to link up with Benzema on the edge of the penalty area, but a return pass from his French teammate is far too heavy! Frustration is clearly becoming a problem for the former Sporting Lisbon wide man, who isn't having things all his own way during the opening half an hour at the Bernabeu.
Kroos whips in a corner delivery from the right, but Martinez is able to head clear with ease. Real Madrid maintain their pressure, with Rulli forced to punch a second cross to safety! Benzema lines up a powerful strike from 25 yards out, but the Frenchman's attempt is swallowed easily by the Sociedad goalkeeper. Safe hands thus far from the Argentine.
Jonathas
Yellow Card
Yellow card Jonathas Cristian de Jesus
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Miss
RONALDO MISSES THE PENALTY! The Portuguese forward steps up confidently, but can only lift a terrible strike over the crossbar! A real let off for the away side, but that was probably deserved given the nature of the spot-kick. The home crowd grumble.
PENALTY FOR REAL MADRID! Benzema tries to challenge for a cross in from the left, with the France international appearing to go down very easily under some pressure from Yuri. The Sociedad left-back leans into his man slightly, but there isn't really a great deal of contact.
Bruma opens play out to the right-hand side, but Martinez is forced to go all the way back to Inigo. Jonathas is found with a pass into feet, but the former Elche forward can only drive to the edge of the penalty area and fire a low drive straight at Navas! The Brazilian definitely can cause a few problems for Real Madrid this afternoon.
Real Madrid are enjoying some joy down the right-hand side, of late, with Danilo able to wander his way upfield and allow Bale to drift freely. Benzema tries to slide a through ball into the path of Ronaldo, but the hosts' star man is caught narrowly offside. Benitez's side are definitely on top at the moment, with Ruli needing to stay very alert indeed.
Bruma
Agirretxe
Agirretxe appears to have a real problem with his ankle, after a full-bodied challenge from Navas. Bruma comes into the game in his place, with the Portuguese wide man having the pace to cause a few problems.
A dipping cross in from the left-hand side looks for Benzema, but the delivery is a few yards ahead of the Frenchman, who hasn't received the best service thus far. Moments later, Danilo is allowed to maraud down the right-hand side, but an eventual ball in from the ex-Porto defender is cleared away from danger by Martinez! Ronaldo was lurking dangerously.
Ronaldo goes on a short but mazy dribble across the face of goal, with the ex-Manchester United forward then placing a low drive well wide of the left-hand post! On the touchline, Agirretxe has been worked on, but it appears that the visitors' top scorer won't be able to continue in this game.
There's a stoppage in play, as Agirretxe stayed down after clashing with Navas in the Real Madrid goalmouth. The Costa Rica international goalkeeper certainly got the ball, but did manage to catch some of his man as well. It's a sore one for the visiting striker, who is stretchered off to the sidelines for some extensive treatment.
James drifts infield from the left-hand side, with Marcelo taking a very neat touch to keep the ball in play. A cross is whipped in from the left-hand side, but Benzema's attempted delivery towards Bale is cut out. Real Sociedad respond with a dangerous counter, with Navas needed to race off his line and deny Agirretxe roughly! Brilliant save from the ex-Levante shot-stopper!
Good block from Pepe! The Portuguese defender throws himself in the way of a shot from Yuri, which possibly cannoned off the torso or arm of the Real Madrid man. The resulting corner is whipped in by Canales, but Inigo can only place a poor header a few yards wide of the far upright.
Bale is penalised for climbing on the back of Yuri at the back post, after a neat clipped cross into the box from James. Benitez's men are starting at a high tempo, but Pepe might just have been fortunate to avoid giving away a penalty there, as there was definite contact. Sociedad try to threaten on a counter attack once again, but Jonathas takes a poor touch which results in a goal kick for the home side.
Real Sociedad have managed to get hold of possession in the early minutes, with Yuri and Martinez not afraid to push on. Jonathas goes down in the box, followed a physical challenge from Pepe, but the referee waves play on! The hosts counter at pace through Bale, but a pass to the back post from the Wales international can only result in Cristiano shooting at Rulli! Real Madrid keep the pressure on, before Benzema is also denied by the visiting goalkeeper!
Bale manages to win a corner from Aritz, following a neat ball down the left channel from Modric. James takes, with Pepe able to rise well in the centre of the box! The Portugal international powers a header underneath Rulli's crossbar, but the Argentine goalkeeper tips a good save over! From the second successive set piece, the same Real Madrid defender nods just shy of the near upright! Some positive signs from the hosts at last.
Benitez is under real pressure at the moment, with the Real Madrid coach even being whistled before kick off when his name was announced. Agirretxe is picked out by a neat header into his feet, but the visiting striker was caught straying a few yards offside. Inigo has had to be strong in the air from the very off, with the Spain international towering over Benzema at present.
Aritz is playing at right centre-back in the opening stages, with Carlos Martinez playing in his more familiar position of right-back. A poor header from Kroos give Canales a chance on the edge of the box, but the ex-Valencia midfielder lashes a terrible left-footed attempt high and wide of the target! Not a bright start from Los Blancos.
We are underway in the first half at the Bernabeu! Real Madrid could temporarily go top of the league with a victory this afternoon, though both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have games in hand. Three points would definitely put the pressure on their title rivals, however.
Real Sociedad substitutes: Bruma, Vela, Oier, Pardo, Litri, Reyes, De La Bella.
Real Sociedad starting line-up (4-4-2): Rulli; Aritz, Martinez, Inigo, Yuri; Prieto, Markel, Illarramendi, Canales; Agirretxe, Jonathas.
Real Madrid substitutes: Varane, Casilla, Casemiro, Kovacic, Vazquez, Jese, Isco.
Real Madrid starting line-up (4-3-3): Navas; Danilo, Pepe, Nacho, Marcelo; James, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.
TEAM NEWS: Eusebio has chosen to start with a 4-4-2 formation, with Jonathas asked to partner top scorer Imanol Agirretxe in attack. Xabi Prieto is preferred to Carlos Vela on the right-hand side, with Sergio Canales started ahead of Bruma on the opposite flank. Carlos Martinez starts at centre-back, with Diego Reyes named among the substitutes, while Markel Bergara adds some shit to the midfield.
TEAM NEWS: Sergio Ramos is still absent due to injury for the hosts, with Pepe and Nacho picked at centre-back ahead of Raphael Varane. There are no changes further forward, with James Rodriguez continuing to play a role in the midfield three. Denis Cheryshev is absent from the matchday squad, with the Russian winger linked to a January move away from the club.
The last fixture that took place at the Santiago Bernabeu was something of a thrashing, with Los Blancos defeating nine-man Rayo by a 10-2 scoreline. Rafa Benitez's men have scored 22 goals in their last three home clashes, which is quite a record. Sociedad, on the other hand, have failed to win during their last four away trips in competitive action.
Hello and welcome to some La Liga action, as the Spanish top flight returns after the festive break! Real Madrid play host to Real Sociedad, with the hosts under pressure to bounce back after two recent draws. The away outfit, meanwhile, are in need of some points to drag themselves further away from the drop zone. As it stands, the Basque club merely have a two-point cushion from Rayo Vallecano in 18th place.
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