Real Madrid face a tricky match away at Real Sociedad in LaLiga Santander on Saturday night, but a victory at the Reale Arena for Carlo Ancelotti‘s side could see them extend their lead at the top of the table. La Real will be determined to get back to winning ways after losing at Espanyol last time out, but it won’t be easy against an in-form Los Blancos. Stay with us for all the build-up to Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid and then updates from the match itself.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid – FINAL SCORE: 0-2
This is the start of our Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid live blog, with updates from this top-of-the-table LaLiga Santander fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
FULL TIME: Real Sociedad 0-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid secured their eighth win in a row thanks to goal from Vinicius Junior and Luka Jovic, but the injury suffered by Karim Benzema will cause some concern at the club.
Minute 87: Remiro prevents Vinicius
Militao made two big interceptions and then played a beautiful defence-splitting pass for Vinicius to run on to, which left the Real Madrid forward one on one with Remiro, but his effort was comfortably saved by the Real Sociedad goalkeeper. It is worth saying again: Militao has been phenomenal today. What a player.
Minute 81: Final changes for Real Madrid
Marco Asensio and Fede Valverde have been brought on in the final substitution window for Real Madrid, with Rodrygo Goes and Toni Kroos coming off. Eden Hazard and Isco remain on the bench for yet another game.
Minute 77: Impressive defending by Camavinga
Isak was heading towards goal in the area, but Camavinga put pressure on the Real Sociedad striker before making a good sliding challenge, to which Alaba congratulated the young Frenchman.
Minute 69: Isak shoots over
The space opened up for Isak 25 yards out from goal and he tried his luck, but his shot went miles over the bar.
Minute 68: Double change for La Real
Real Sociedad have made two more substitutions, with Joseba Zaldua and Portu coming on for Andoni Gorosabel and Adnan Januzaj.
Minute 64: Substitution for Real Madrid
Casemiro, who came into this match on four yellow cards and was at risk of missing the derby next week with a booking, has been replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.
Minute 61: Double change for Real Sociedad
Imanol has turned to his bench by bringing on Benat Turrientes and Ander Barrenetxea for Ander Guevara and Alexander Sorloth, which indicates a change of shape for La Real.
Minute 57: GOAL FOR REAL MADRID!
Luka Jovic has now got his name on the scoresheet after providing a beautiful assist for Vinicius’ opener. Luka Modric’s outswinging corner was headed down Casemiro, and Jovic was the quickest to react as he headed home from close range. Real Sociedad 0-2 Real Madrid.
Minute 52: Vinicius shoots wide
Vinicius and Jovic once again combined in the area, but this time the Brazilian’s shot towards the top corner was hide, wide and not very handsome.
Minute 47: GOAL FOR REAL MADRID!
Vinicius came in from the left, played a one-two with Jovic and then fired into the bottom left corner. Really good finish, and an impressive assist from Jovic. Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid.
Minute 46: Great chance for Real Madrid
Sorloth’s loose pass inside his own half went straight to Jovic, who then picked out Rodrygo, but his shot was straight at Remiro.
HALF TIME: Real Sociedad 0-0 Real Madrid
The first half comes to a close without any goals but with quite a few talking points, including the injury to Karim Benzema. Vinicius Junior is causing a lot of problems for La Real’s defence, while Mikel Oyarzabal is in the thick of the action for the hosts. The game became increasing end-to-end once Benzema went off, so let’s see if that trend continues in the second half – and if we are treated to any goals.
Minute 44: Oyarzabal fires into side netting
Sorloth kept the ball alive in the Real Madrid box with two headers, followed by one by Isak and Courtois’ palm away, but Oyarzabal could only fire the loose ball into the side netting.
Minute 39: Excellent defending by Militao
The ball was pulled back to Isak inside the area and he got his shot away, but Militao threw his body in the way to make yet another block. What a performance so far by the Brazilian.
Minute 38: Change of positions
Curiously, Dani Carvajal has now gone out to left-back and Ferland Mendy has shifted across to left-back. This is likely due to the threat that Oyarzabal and Diego Rico are causing down La Real’s left.
Minute 31: Dangerous play by La Real
Two crosses in quick succession by Oyarzabal and then Diego Rico right across the Real Madrid six-yard box could so easily have resulted in a goal, but Isak could not get on the end of either cross.
Minute 26: Vinicius scythed down
Vinicius showed his pace and was bearing down on goal, with only Zubeldia to beat before he reached Remiro, but the Real Sociedad centre-back cynically brought him down just outside the box.
Minute 22: Rodrygo forces a save
Rodrygo ran directly at Diego Rico, shifted onto his right foot and got a shot away, which Remiro could only turn behind for a corner.
Minute 20: Vinicius shot saved
Vinicius again came in from the left and got a shot away at goal, but again it was easily saved by Alex Remiro.
Minute 17: Substitution for Real Madrid
Benzema has made way for Luka Jovic, who has the chance to show why Real Madrid paid 60 million euros for him in the summer of 2020.
Minute 16: Benzema goes to ground
Benzema has dropped to one knee and looks in pain, so Real Madrid are now preparing a substitution.
Minute 15: Benzema with a knock
Thibaut Courtois’ long free-kick towards Karim Benzema saw the Frenchman land awkwardly. It’s something the Real Madrid bench will be keeping an eye on over the next few minutes.
Minute 12: Mendy goes down
Ferland Mendy appeared to pull up and soon went to ground, but he was soon able to continue.
Minute 11: Great block by Militao
Diego Rico’s deft cross towards Alex Isak looked as though the Real Sociedad striker was going to get a free header away, but Eder Militao got in the way to make a crucial block.
Minute 3: First shot of the game
Vinicius Junior picked up the ball on the halfway line, carried it forward, played a one-two with Karim Benzema and then sent a shot towards goal from 20 yards out, but it rolled into the arms of Alex Remiro.
20:00 GMT: Kick-off
Real Madrid have kicked the action off in the rain at the Reale Arena. Stay with us for updates from Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid.
19:30 GMT: Table implications
Atletico Madrid’s surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Real Mallorca means that Real Madrid can open up a nine-point gap over their cross-city rivals with a victory against Real Sociedad. Sevilla in second still have a game in hand, but Los Blancos can go eight points clear with a win.
19:00 GMT: Real Sociedad’s line-up
Imanol Alguacil has opted for a very attacking-minded XI, with Adnan Januzaj, Mikel Oyarzabal, Alex Isak and Alexander Sorloth all starting.
Real Sociedad’s starting line-up (4-2-2-2): Alex Remiro; Andoni Gorosabel, Igor Zubeldia, Robin Le Normand, Diego Rico; Ander Guevara, Martin Zubimendi, Adnan Januzaj, Mikel Oyarzabal; Alex Isak, Alexander Sorloth.
18:30 GMT: Real Madrid’s line-up
Carlo Ancelotti has made just two changes to Real Madrid’s XI, with Dani Carvajal and Rodrygo Goes coming in for Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio, according to COPE’s Miguel Angel Diaz. Once again, the Real Madrid boss is going with a strong line-up.
Real Madrid’s starting line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
18:20 GMT: Reale Arena is ready
There might not be fans in their seats just yet, but the excellent Reale Arena is ready to host what should be a fascinating match between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid.
18:00 GMT: Can Real Madrid make it eight in a row?
Real Madrid have won seven successive games, so can they make it eight away at Real Sociedad? It will be a hard test, that’s for sure.
17:30 GMT: Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid preview
Real Madrid will face one of the toughest tests they’ve had this season as they travel to San Sebastian to take on Real Sociedad in LaLiga Santander on Saturday evening. Los Blancos come into this weekend’s game with seven straight wins behind them across all competitions, but La Real will do anything to stop that and prevent Carlo Ancelotti‘s side from pulling further clear at the top of the table.
The Basques, for their part, have had an impressive season themselves so far and currently find themselves occupying third place, seven points off top spot and level with champions Atletico Madrid in second.
La Real will be desperate to reverse their recent run of form, having lost to Espanyol last time out in LaLiga Santander and losing to Monaco in the Europa League previously.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups
Real Sociedad‘s task won’t be made any easier with the absences of Mikel Merino, David Silva and Nacho Monreal, but Alexander Isak is expected to return to the XI to partner Mikel Oyarzabal.
Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale are unavailable for Real Madrid, but, those aside, Ancelotti has a full-strength squad to call upon.
Real Sociedad predicted XI: Alex Remiro; Andoni Gorosabel, Igor Zubeldia, Robin Le Normand, Diego Rico; Portu, Martin Zubimendi, Ander Guevara, Adnan Januzaj; Alex Isak, Mikel Oyarzabal.
Real Madrid predicted XI: Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: When does it start?
Kick off in San Sebastian is set for 21:00 local time (CET), which makes it a 20:00 kick off in the UK. For the LaLiga Santander fans in the United States, Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid starts at 15:00 ET or 12:00 PT.
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid: Where to watch it?
Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid will be shown in the UK on LaLiga TV. Meanwhile, fans in the US can tune in on ESPN+.