The champions weren't at their best this evening, but they took their chances when they came and close the gap on Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Mayoral made a big difference for Real Madrid and will surely feature again at some point this season. A great goal from Bale too.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
- Rodrigues (o.g.)36'
Real Sociedad - Real Madrid
Liga - 17 September 2017
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Real Sociedad 1-3 Real Madrid
- OffTheo HernandezReal Madrid
- OnNachoReal Madrid
Theo has been forced off with a shoulder injury. Just seconds left to play.
The Real Madrid defence has looked vulnerable at times tonight, but they have done enough to see out the win. Zidane will be pleased with the fight his team have demonstrated.
Juanmi is released through on goal, with the Real Madrid backline posted missing. But Varane is quick and got back to make the challenge to deny the Real Sociedad attacker.
Five minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Both Theo and Carvajal are down at the moment with shoulder issues. Carvajal looks to be fine, but Theo's could be much more serious. He's still receiving some treatment.
That was a chance for Carvajal. He had Isco on the far side of the counter attack in loads of space, but he couldn't quite squeeze the pass through. Isco doesn't look too happy.
This is classic Real Madrid under Zidane. They haven't played that well. They are certainly capable of better, but they look set to grind out three points from a difficult game.
- OffMarco AsensioReal Madrid
- OnDani CeballosReal Madrid
Ceballos will come on for the final few minutes as Real Madrid look to shore up this win.
BIG CHANCE FOR LA REAL! That could have been the goal to give this match a grandstand finale. Zurutuza was through on goal, but he didn't take the shot quick enough. Carvajal made the challenge.
Replays show that Asensio was miles onside when the ball was played, but Bale was offside and the referee has decided that the Welsh winger blocked the defender from making a challenge.
ASENSIO GOAL IS CHALKED OFF! Real Madrid think they have scored their fourth of the night, but the linesman's flag is up and Asensio's strike is ruled out. That's a bit of a mystery.
JOSE SHOT ON GOAL! Vela gets the cross into the box, finding the run of Jose who darted towards the near post, but he couldn't get enough power on his volley and Navas saves.
- OffAdnan JanuzajReal Sociedad
- OnImanol AgirretxeReal Sociedad
That's a popular sub with the home fans. Agirretxe comes on for the home side. He missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Mayoral can be pleased with the impression he made for Real Madrid this evening. You need to make the most of your opportunities as a youngster at Real and he did that tonight.
- OffBorja MayoralReal Madrid
- OnLucas VázquezReal Madrid
Zidane makes his first change of the evening with Vazquez coming on for Mayoral.
ISCO SHOOTS OVER! The Real Madrid number 22 takes aim from about 25 yards out, trying to whip his foot around the ball. However, he just couldn't get enough dip on the strike.
- OffXavier PrietoReal Sociedad
- OnJuanmiReal Sociedad
On comes Juanmi, who has started the season on fire. He will carry a goal threat.
The signs are that Real Sociedad won't give this up just yet. The scoreline doesn't quite reflect how close this game has been. Real Madrid have just taken their chances more efficiently.
It's notable that Real Madrid are now looking to bring down the tempo and intensity of their play. They're quite happy just knocking it about the centre of the pitch under no pressure.
Januzaj hasn't been at his best this evening. In fact, the Belgian hasn't been at his best for years. He looks a completely different player to the teenager who broke through at Manchester United.
Real Sociedad are within their rights to feel aggrieved, to a certain extent. Two of Real Madrid's goals have come when the home side were on top. They came against the run of play.
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
Casemiro has talked his way into the book. Just not needed from the Brazilian midfielder.
Before the match, Zidane said it would take a while for Bale to reach full fitness after his injuries issues last season. But on the basis of that last goal, he's pretty close to being back to his best.
The Real Sociedad players are frustrated. They feel hard done by the current scoreline.
The defender didn't stand a chance as he raced Bale to that ball. The Welshman just put his foot down on the pedal and accelerated past his marker. Astonishing from Bale.
- GoalGareth BaleReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 Real Madrid 3 (60 mins - Gareth Bale). What an astonishing goal! That's Bale at his very best. He chased a long ball over the top, beating his man and chipping the finish over Rulli. Real Madrid have a two-goal lead!
Zidane will surely want his team to take control of this match and calm things down in the centre of the pitch. It has been rather open so far. Casemiro needs to take a grip along with Modric.
Of course, Vela will be leaving Real Sociedad in January, so this is something of a farewell tour for him. The Mexican will be joining Los Angeles FC in their first season in MLS.
- OffSergio CanalesReal Sociedad
- OnCarlos VelaReal Sociedad
There's the first change of the match and on comes Vela. Can he make a difference?
Theo does really well to usher the ball out of play when it looked like Real Sociedad might cause an issue for the away side. This has been an impressive display from the left back.
Keep in mind it wasn't just Morata that Real Madrid sold in the summer. They also allowed Mariano to leave for Lyon. In Benzema, Zidane only has one striker to use. Mayoral broadens his options.
This has been a very impressive performance from Mayoral. On this basis, he has plenty to offer Real Madrid this season. The exit of Morata might be the best thing to happen to him.
INTO THE SIDE NETTING! That was almost a second goal for Mayoral. He struck the shot at goal from a tight angle and then hits the rebound into the side netting from an even tighter angle.
Real Madrid are actually benefiting from Real Sociedad opening up the game. They look dangerous when they have space to gallop into. That's how they scored the second goal.
Ramos had to make that clearance! Januzaj did well to break into the box and get the cross across the six yard box, but the clearance is made. Real Madrid aren't happy with the referee.
Flash point between Prieto and Mayoral, with the 34-year-old veteran in the face of the teenager. It was Ramos, of all people, who was acting as peace maker between the two.
No changes made by either side at the break. Real Madrid have started the second half on top. They have dominated the majority of the possession, but La Real have been dangerous on the break.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at the Anoeta! Real Madrid are 2-1 up over Real Sociedad.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid. We thought this might be the game of the weekend in La Liga and it has so far lived up to that billing. A thrilling opening half at the Anoeta.
- Yellow cardAsier IllarramendiReal Sociedad
Illarramendi can have no complaints over that. That was a silly foul from the midfielder.
- Yellow cardMarco AsensioReal Madrid
Another yellow card. Asensio brought down Jose as Sociedad looked to break out.
- Yellow cardDiego LlorenteReal Sociedad
Real Sociedad are protesting that goal. They feel there was a foul in the build up.
- Own-goalKévin RodriguesReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 Real Madrid 2 (36 mins - Kevin Rodrigues OG). Real Madrid go right up the other end, with Mayoral creating the space for the shot. He cuts the effort across goal and Rodrigues diverts into his own net.
OFF THE CROSSBAR! That could have been another goal for Rodrigues! He struck another cross on the volley, this time hitting it down into the ground and up on to the woodwork!
SAVE BY RULLI! The cross was played to the back post, where Casemiro had made a late run into the penalty area, but the Real Sociedad goalkeeper made the stop to keep it level.
Rulli lost the flight of that ball for a moment. The cross from Theo on the left was a dangerous one and the Real Sociedad goalkeeper had to be helped out by one of his defenders.
It's actually one of the camera men who has been hurt. He's been stretchered down the tunnel. He appeared to be crushed by the crowd behind one of the goals, in front of one of the temporary stands.
There's a stoppage at the moment. There appears to be a fan in some distress behind one of the goals. The paramedics are down on the pitch treating him. Play will restart soon.
- GoalKévin RodriguesReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 (30 mins - Kevin Rodrigues) Real Madrid 1. Real Sociedad have equalised against the run of plauy and Navas really should have done better with that! Rodrigues hit the strike on the volley, with the Real Madrid keeper allowing it to slither through his body.
The home fans are calling for a yellow card to be shown to Modic, but the referee decides against booking the Croatian midfielder. That was probably the right call, looking at the replays.
It feels like Real Sociedad are already waiting for the half time break. They haven't made an impression on this game as a contest. They need a new game plan. This isn't working.
That pretty much sums up the performance of Real Sociedad so far. There was an opportunity for Canales to break out on the counter attack, but lacked support and was crowded out.
That goal might just open out this game. Real Sociedad seemed quite happy just to sit back, soak up pressure and hit out on the break. They'll have to change that game plan now.
That goal came just as Real Sociedad were starting to make the ball stick in the final third, causing problems for Real Madrid. But that left space at the back for the visitors to expose.
There is a role for Mayoral to fill at Real Madrid. They need a back up striker who can take changes inside the box, and that's exactly what he did for that goal. He took a chance when it came his way.
That's what he was brought into the Real Madrid starting lineup to do tonight - score goals. Mayoral has an excellent reputation at youth level and now he is making his mark on the senior side.
- GoalBorja MayoralReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Real Madrid 1 (19 mins - Borja Mayoral). There's the opening goal from Real Madrid and it has been finished by Mayoral! Ramos juggled a ball inside the area with his back to goal, setting up his teammate for the volley, finding the back of the net.
JOSE SHOT ON GOAL! That's the first time Navas has been called into action, with the ball played out to Jose by Januzaj, but the shot from just inside the penalty box is saved.
Theo has started this match well for Real Madrid. He is playing as the direct replacement for Marcelo this evening and the summer signing has been his team's best player so far.
ASENSIO BLOCKED! The first chance of the match is created by Theo, who lays back the pass to Asensio. But the youngster has his shot from about 10 yards blocked by a defender.
Real Sociedad don't look phased by what they have faced in the opening 20 minutes of this match. They might not have seen much of the ball, but they're looking to hit out on the counter.
It makes you wonder whether Real Madrid made a mistake in allowing Morata to leave the club in the summer. They miss having him as a deputy of sorts to Benzema.
In Isco and Asensio, Real Madrid have two of the most creative midfielders in world football, but they have nobody to play into ahead of them. Bale doesn't have the positional discipline.
While Real Madrid are struggling to create much, you would have to say it's because they are currently lacking an outlet up front with both Benzema and Ronaldo missing tonight.
This game is following a familiar pattern. They have dominated the ball and are pushing Real Sociedad back into their own half, but they are doing very little with it in the final third.
While they have spent the opening 10 minutes of this match chasing the ball, Real Sociedad look rather content with things. They don't look panicked or flustered. The seem in control.
Benzema suffered an injury midway through the game against Levante last week and was replaced by Bale, who played as a central striker. It's a position he might have to get used to.
As you might expect, Real Madrid have started the better of the two teams, dominating possession. But the issue in their last few games has been a lack of cutting edge in the final third.
Real Sociedad are playing a front three, with former Manchester United winger Januzaj playing in something of a free role. He has enjoyed a good start to life at his new club.
Real Madrid come into this game having drawn their last two league games, against Valencia and Levante. Meanwhile, Barcelona have a 100% record so far. A gap is widening.
The big team news for Real Madrid this evening is that Mayoral starts up front with Ronaldo serving the last match of his five game suspension. Benzema is sidelined through injury.
This is without doubt the game of the weekend in La Liga. Real Sociedad have enjoyed an excellent start to the season and Real Madrid are under a bit of pressure as they visit the Anoeta.
- 1st Half
The match is under way at the Anoeta! It's Real Sociedad against Real Madrid.
TEAM NEWS: Real Sociedad - Rulli, Odriozola, Aritz, Llorente, Kevin, Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Januzaj, Canales, Jose. /// Real Madrid - Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Theo, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Bale, Asensio, Mayoral.
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