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Real Sociedad v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 12/4/21

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Vinícius Júnior (47)
L. Jović (57)
Reale Arena


That's all for today, goodbye! 
Madrid are now eight points clear at the top of the table and have won each of their last nine in all competitions. They face Inter in the Champions League next time out. That's back-to-back defeats for Sociedad in the league, and they've slipped down to fifth. They're in Europa League action next against PSV Eindhoven.
Two second-half goals see Madrid beat Sociedad 2-0. Neither side really got going in the first half, but a lightning-quick start after the break was enough for Madrid. Vinicius scored just two minutes after half-time with a smart finish into the bottom corner after being teed up by Jovic. 10 minutes later, the Serbian was on the scoresheet himself. Casemiro nodded a corner down and Jovic stooped low to head a close-range effort past Remiro.
90' + 1' Sociedad are still looking for their first shot on target in the game as we head into three minutes of stoppage time here. They're pushing for what would be a consolation now, but there's still no way past Madrid.
89' Jovic has both scored and assisted in the same game for Madrid for the first time in all competitions (41 appearances). He's been involved in the same number of goals today as in his previous 22 games (one goal and one assist in 462 minutes).
87' GOOD SAVE! Militao makes two blocks as he carries the ball out of his own box and sets Vinicius on the counter. Zubeldia knows he can't pull him back at risk of a sending-off and the forward gets a shot away. Remiro rushes off his line and gets enough on it to take it looping over the bar.
Aihen Muñoz
Diego Rico
Real Sociedad
86' Final roll of the dice for Sociedad now. It's Rico that's going off, with Munoz on in his place. 
85' Asensio blocks Rico's cross and drives through the midfield on the counter. He skips away from Zubimendi before squaring it to Valverde. It's overhit, so he's forced wide, and his cross is hit against Zaldua.
83' There's still no way through for Sociedad as Zubeldia throws his hands up in frustration. He manages to pick out Turrientes, but his throughball to Isak is overhit, and Courtois comes out to collect it. 
F. Valverde
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
81' And Valverde is on to replace Kroos.
Real Madrid
81' Double change for Madrid now. Asensio is coming on in place of Rodrygo.
80' The fans aren't happy with the referee after another quickly taken free-kick is pulled back. Oyarzabal floats a cross into the box on the second time of asking, but Zubeldia's header loops high over the bar. 
78' It's a great pick out by Turrientes as he slides it down the right for Isak. Camavinga is tight to him and tries to nudge him off the ball before he slides in with a perfectly-timed tackle to stop him from having a shot. 
76' Sociedad are still seeing a lot of the ball, but it's fairly comfortable for Madrid. Oyarzabal tries to clip another cross in from the left, but this one is easily cleared by Alaba. 
74' Oyarzabal initially tries to take a quick free-kick before it's pulled back by the referee. On his second attempt, he lifts a cross into the box, but it's just over Le Normand's head at the far post. 
72' It's a lovely throughball from Militao down the right to set Rodrygo on the counter and he sweeps it out to Mendy on the opposite flank. His pass isn't so good, as he plays it against Zubeldia, who clears his lines. 
70' Camavinga links up with Rodrygo down the right, playing a one-two as he tries to get past Barrenetxea. He has to stretch to reach the return pass though and ends up fouling the winger in the process.
Real Sociedad
68' Gorosabel is also making way, with Zaldua on in his place.
A. Januzaj
Real Sociedad
68' Sociedad are making a double change now. Januzaj is a frustrated figure when his number is shown on the board, and Portu replaces him.
67' Sociedad are pressing high upfield and giving Madrid little time on the ball. Modric tries to play out from the back before he's fouled by Turrientes, who was a bit too hasty with his challenge.
E. Camavinga
Real Madrid
65' Madrid are making their second change now. Casemiro takes a long time to get himself off the pitch before Camavinga comes on in his place.
63' Sociedad are keeping possession well at the moment, without really doing anything with it. Zubimendi plays a hopeful throughball into the box which Isak chases down, but he fouls Casemiro in the process. 
A. Sørloth
Real Sociedad
61' And Sorloth is the other player making way, with Barrenetxea replacing him.
Beñat Turrientes
Real Sociedad
61' There's a double change for Sociedad here. Guevara is the first to go off, with Turrientes on for him.
A. Januzaj
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
60' Januzaj went to ground under pressure from Casemiro, but there was little contact from the Brazilian. He thinks he should've had a free-kick and he ends up getting booked for dissent.
59' Rico is blocking Rodrygo's run down the right, so the winger clips a cross to the edge of the box for Kroos. He's waiting for it to drop so he can hit it on the volley, which gives Le Normand the chance to clear his lines.
Real Madrid
57' Casemiro was going for goal with his header, which is why the keeper came off his line, and it ended up being a good touch through to Jovic.
L. Jović
Real Madrid
57' JOVIC SCORES! The corner comes in from Kroos and Casemiro rises highest to nod it towards goal. Jovic stays onside as he follows it in and stoops low to get his head on it and send it past Remiro, who had rushed off his line to try and collect. 2-0 Madrid! 
55' Vinicius has scored 10 goals in 16 LaLiga games this campaign, becoming the first player born in 2000 or later to reach a double-figure goal tally in a single season in the competition.
53' Vinicius squares the ball to Jovic in the middle and he does brilliantly to keep hold of it under pressure from the Sociedad defenders. He squares it back to the Brazilian, but he sends this shot swerving well wide. 
51' Mendy gives the ball away and has to track back when Gorosabel plays it down the wing for Isak to chase. The left-back does well to shield it and ends up winning a free-kick when he's pushed over.
49' Sociedad push upfield straight from the restart, with Januzaj drifting past Mendy down the right again. He has three to aim for in the middle but overhits his cross high over all of them.
L. Jović
Real Madrid
47' Jovic did well to hold off the two Sociedad defenders who were tight to him and slot the ball into space for Vinicius to hit the shot.
Vinícius Júnior
Real Madrid
47' VINICIUS SCORES! What a start to the second half by Madrid! Vinicius drives down the left before touching the ball into Jovic in the box. He does well to hold off the Sociedad defenders to cushion it back into Vinicius' path, and he smartly slots it into the near bottom corner. 1-0 Madrid! 
46' SAVE! Jovic latches onto a loose pass and slides a great throughball out to Rodrygo on the right. He takes his shot from a tight angle in the box, and Remiro gets across to smother it at the near post. 
46' Sociedad get us back underway for the second half! 
Madrid forged some good chances, but barely created anything towards the end of the first half. They need to find a way to get their forwards into the game more. Sociedad didn't manage a shot on target, but not for lack of trying. They need to be a lot more clinical if they want to get something out of this game.
It's goalless at the break between Sociedad and Madrid. The hosts saw a lot of the ball without creating too many chances, though Oyarzabal did come close just before the break, hitting his shot into the side netting. Madrid lost Benzema to injury early on, but still tested Remiro; Vinicius had two shots saved, with Modric and Rodrygo also being denied by the keeper.
45' + 1' Madrid have one last chance to put the ball in the box in the first half with a free-kick, but Kroos takes it short. Zubimendi is quickly in to intercept it and sets Sociedad on the counter.
44' CHANCE! Sorloth's first header loops into the air, but he manages to direct it towards Isak on the second attempt. Alaba heads it across goal and Oyarzabal slides in to have a shot but sends it into the side netting.
42' It's better from Madrid now as they manage to keep the attack alive despite Rodrygo's slip. Modric switches it out to the left, but Vinicius is forced to play it back when he can't find a way past Gorosabel.
40' Januzaj gets away from Mendy again and pulls a good cross back from the byline. Isak drops before hitting it first time, with Alaba blocking his shot. Sorloth is following it in, but he can't sort out his feet in time to have a go.
38' Sociedad are still seeing a lot of the ball, but without creating anything. It's worked well down the right, with Januzaj curling a cross towards Isak, but Militao is there again to cut it out.
36' Sociedad have another chance to break on the counter, with Zubimendi switching it out to Isak on the right. Casemiro slides in, getting the ball as well as taking out the player, and Sociedad have a free-kick. It comes to nothing though.
34' Militao is facing his own goal when he gets a shout from the away fans to let him know Sorloth is closing in. He keeps his cool though and touches it back to Courtois, who does clear his lines. 
32' Jovic is claiming he was fouled by Le Normand, but the referee lets play carry on with Isak in possession. He cuts inside and tries to float a cross into Oyarzabal, but it's cut out by Casemiro.
30' It's a loose pass from Casemiro and Sorloth latches onto it. Sociedad can't punish that mistake though as Rico's deep cross is over everyone in the middle and out for a goal-kick.
28' It's Kroos that steps up to take the free-kick from just outside the box. He's trying to curl it into the near top corner but hits his shot against Rico in the wall. 
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
26' Zubeldia sticks out a leg to trip Vinicius and stop Madrid's counter which earns him the first yellow card of the game.
24' It's a lovely turn from Vinicius to get away from Gorosabel and he whips a great cross into the box. Militao and Alaba are both waiting in the middle, but Le Normand gets in the way to put it out for a corner. 
22' SAVE! Madrid are just starting to up the pressure a little here and Rodrygo runs at Rico before darting past him. He takes the shot from a tight angle on the right of the box and Remiro parries it away. 
21' CLOSE! Vinicius sees a shot saved at one end before Sociedad break quickly on the counter. Januzaj plays a one-two with Isak before drilling a shot towards the near post, but it's just wide. 
19' It's a brilliant weaving run from Vinicius to get away from three Sociedad defenders before he touches it into Rodrygo. He can't find a way past Le Normand though, and the attack fizzles out for Madrid.
L. Jović
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
17' Benzema makes his way straight down the tunnel and it's Jovic that's come on to replace him.
16' Benzema has gone down off the ball here and Sociedad sportingly put the ball out of play, and it looks like he has a muscle problem. He's already taken the captain's armband off, and he won't be able to carry on.
14' Madrid are being penned back on the edge of their own box at the moment, but Sociedad are struggling to get in behind. Oyarzabal sees a cross blocked, and Zubimendi can't pick out a team-mate with his throughball.
12' BLOCK! Januzaj's blocked shot is only half-cleared by Militao, with his header falling for Rico. He curls a brilliant cross into the near post which Isak glances on, but Alaba gets back to make an important block.
10' Sociedad and Madrid have drawn their last two LaLiga meetings, a 0-0 draw in September 2020 and 1-1 in March 2021. The last time they drew three games in a row in the competition was in 1989.
8' Januzaj's corner is cleared by Carvajal at the near post, but Zubimendi wins it back and threads a great throughball into Sorloth. He tries to spin away from Militao, but the defender is giving him no space.
6' It's a loose backpass from Gorosabel to Remiro, and the keeper is instantly put under pressure by Benzema and Rodrygo. He manages to get away with some clever footwork and Zubeldia does well to hold off Kroos long enough to clear his lines.
4' Vinicius plays a good one-two with Benzema on the edge of the box, and it opens up a pocket of space for him to have a shot. He can't get any power behind it though, and it's straight into Remiro's gloves.
2' Sociedad are keeping the ball well in the opening minutes, working it down the right with Januzaj. He tries to square it inside to Guevara, but Alaba steps in with a good interception.
1' Benzema gets the game underway for Madrid! 
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away! 
Madrid have won 30 of their 74 LaLiga away games against Sociedad (D22 L22), more than against any other opponent in the competition. They've also scored more goals away from home in the top-flight against La Real than against any other side (126).
Carlo Ancelotti makes two changes from the win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. Carvajal comes back in after being rested in that game, with Rodrygo also brought in. Vazquez and Asensio both start on the bench.
After making a whole host of changes for the Copa del Rey in midweek, Imanol Alguazcil goes back to a more familiar line-up, with just one change from the loss to Espanyol last week. Isak comes in to partner Sorloth up front, with Portu dropping to the bench.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Eduardo Camavinga, Eden Hazard, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Marcelo, Luka Jovic, Nacho, Isco, Marco Asensio, Mariano, Federico Valverde.
REAL MADRID STARTING XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
REAL SOCIEDAD SUBS: Portu, Jon Pacheco Dozagarat, Ander Barrenetxea, Aihen Munoz, Benat Turrientes, Joseba Zaldua, Mat Ryan, Julen Lobete, Roberto Navarro, Jon Guridi, Nais Djouahra.
REAL SOCIEDAD STARTING XI (4-4-2): Alex Remiro; Andoni Gorosabel, Igor Zubeldia, Robin Le Normand, Diego Rico; Adnan Januzaj, Ander Guevara, Martin Zubimendi, Mikel Oyarzabal; Alexander Sorloth, Alexander Isak.
Madrid have the chance to move eight points clear at the top of LaLiga with a win today; They're unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions (W9 D1), winning their last eight on the bounce. As for Sociedad, they can close the gap at the top to just four points with a win themselves. They were on a 13-game unbeaten run in the league, but that ended with a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol last time out in the competition.
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