What a win for Real Sociedad. They deserve their win. Real Madrid were dismal and created very little. On the other hand, the visitors to the Santiago Bernabeu made the most of their share of possession. They took the lead after just three minutes and never looked back.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
- Willian José36'
- Willian José (P)3'
Real Madrid - Real Sociedad
Liga - 6 January 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 0-2 Real Sociedad
It should be noted that Vinicius is perhaps the only Real Madrid player to come out of this game with any sort of credit. The Brazilian has been his side's most dangerous player.
Barcelona can now extend their lead at the top of La Liga to 10 points with a win over Getafe later this evening. It was been a dreadful start to 2019 for Real Madrid and Solari.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- Yellow cardIscoReal Madrid
Isco finally does something - he picks up a yellow card for a foul.
Real Madrid look deflated now. There is an air of resignation around the Santiago Bernabeu. The hosts need three goals to salvage this situation, and it doesn't look like they are coming.
Real Madrid have won the league title just twice in the last nine years. Perez will come under pressure if they make that twice from 10 years. Barcelona are dominant in Spain.
This result would surely end Real Madrid's hopes of winning La Liga this season. The gap between them and Barcelona at the top of the table already stood at seven points before tonight.
- GoalRubén PardoReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Real Sociedad 2 (83 mins - Ruben Pardo). And that should be that. Real Madrid were caught short at the back, with Januzaj finding the unmarked Pardo inside the box. The substitute makes no mistake in guiding his header past Courtois and into the back of the net.
- OffToni KroosReal Madrid
- OnDani CeballosReal Madrid
A third and final change for Real Madrid and it's Ceballos who comes on. Time is running out for the hosts.
- OffMarceloReal Madrid
- OnSergio ReguilónReal Madrid
Marcelo comes off to be replaced by youngster Reguilon. Marcelo wasn't at his best tonight.
Since the withdrawal of Casemiro for Isco this game has turned into an end-to-end affair. This might be the best way for Real Madrid to get back into the match, but it's a risky ploy.
- Yellow cardLuka ModricReal Madrid
Now Modric enters the book for showing dissent to the referee. Frustration is starting to build among the Real Madrid players.
- OffMikel MerinoReal Sociedad
- OnRubén PardoReal Sociedad
Another change for the away side. It's a midfielder for a midfielder. La Real still feel there is a benefit to having three forwards on the pitch.
Zurutuza was through! That's the danger for Real Madrid as they chase the game. Zurutuza was played through on goal, but Courtois comes off his line to make the save. The angle was tight.
- OffAritz ElustondoReal Sociedad
- OnJoseba ZalduaReal Sociedad
Real Sociedad make a change with Zaldua coming on for the final 20 minutes of this game.
Replays show that Rulli didn't get a hand to the ball and that Real Madrid probably shoul have been awarded a penalty kick for a foul on Vinicius by the Real Sociedad goalkeeper.
Double save! Rulli makes a reflex save to deny Vinicius and then the Real Sociedad goalkeeper gets up to stop Ramos from close range! That was a big moment in this match.
Big penalty claim! Isco scooped a pass through for Vinicius to chase. The Brazilian won the race and goes down as Rulli stretches for the ball, but the referee says no penalty kick!
Real Sociedad are the team in control and on top of things at the moment. They are knocking the ball around the defence and midfield without any sort of pressure applied.
Vazquez looked extremely frustrated as he walked off the pitch after being sent off. He had been given a run in the Real Madrid team of late and now he will serve a suspension.
In previous seasons this would have been the sort of situation that would have brought the best out of Real Madrid. But there's something different about Real Madrid this season.
- Red cardLucas VázquezReal Madrid
SENT OFF! Real Madrid have been reduced to 10 men. Vazquez has been shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Merino. What a situation Solari's side find themselves in now.
Great passing move! Real Sociedad must have strung together 20 passes as they moved the ball up the field. In the end Januzaj had his shot blocked by Marcelo in the box.
There has been speculation in recent weeks and months that Isco could leave Real Madrid. Solari doesn't seem to be a fan of the playmaker, but needs him to change this game.
It's fair to say that Casemiro was poor for Real Madrid this evening, but putting on Isco for him, a holding midfielder, could leave the hosts completely open in the centre of the pitch.
- OffCasemiroReal Madrid
- OnIscoReal Madrid
A change for Real Madrid and it's Casemiro who comes on for Isco. Bold decision.
Easy save! Benzema gets up higher than his marker to send a header towards goal, but the effort was straight at Rulli, who makes the straightforward catch. At least it was on target.
Most inside the Santiago Bernabeu would have expected Real Madrid to be the resurgent side at the start of the second half, but it's actually Real Sociedad who are on top.
Januzaj goes so close! Inches away from being a second goal for Real Sociedad. Januzaj dribbles past two Real Madrid players, cuts inside and curls a left-footed strike towards goal. It flashes just wide of the post.
- Yellow cardMarceloReal Madrid
That's a yellow card for Marclo, who hacks down Januzaj. A deserved booking for the Brazilian left back.
One might have expected Solari to make a change at the half time interval given the way Real Madrid played the first half, but he has stuck with what he has. When will we see Isco?
Will we see a different Real Madrid in this second half? They were poor in the opening 45 minutes, but we saw towards the end of the half that they were upping the intensity.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Real Sociedad have a 1-0 lead over Real Madrid.
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Madrid 0-1 Real Sociedad. Solari has some work to do at the break. Real Madrid have been very poor over the opening 45 minutes. Real Sociedad have the lead.
Off the post! Vazquez was definitely trying to tease a cross into the box, it wasn't a shot, but the ball comes back off the inside of the post. Rulli was beaten! Unlucky for Real Madrid.
The camera just panned to Perez sitting in the director's box in the main stand at the Santiago Bernabeu an it's fair to say that the Real Madrid president didn't look happy.
Real Sociedad are inviting pressure on top of themselves. That has worked for the away team in this first half, but it's a risky game to play against a side of Real Madrid's quality.
- Yellow cardLucas VázquezReal Madrid
Now Vazquez goes into the book for a late sliding tackle on Oyarzabal. Clear yellow card.
This is smart play from Real Sociedad, who have managed to move the ball up to the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area and are keepin it up there to ease the pressure on themselves.
There's just a sense that Real Madrid are cranking things up towards the end of the first half. They have upped the tempo of their passing play. They are on top at the moment.
Real Madrid just seem short of ideas. They are slinging crosses into the opposition box, and that is working to a certain extent, but there isn't much variety to their play at the moment.
- Yellow cardWillian JoséReal Sociedad
The first yellow card of the match goes to Jose for a late tackle on Carvajal.
Was that a penalty? Ramos believes that he should have been awarded a spot kick. The Real Madrid captain went down at the back post as he tried to get on the end of a cross.
It's a sparse turnout at the Santiago Bernabeu for this game. Sure, it's the Spanish equivalent of Christmas Day, but this has been a trend for Real Madrid in recent home matches.
Solari must be worried by what he has seen from his team in this first half. The intensity and tempo of their play has been low and Real Sociedad look comfortable in the lead.
Casemiro dithered! The Real Madrid mifielder was quick to win the ball in the centre of the pitch, but he took too long to get the shot away and that allowed Moreno to make the block.
Real Sociedad look quite comfortable with things at the moment. Real Madrid are peppering their penalty area with crosses, but the visiting team's defenders are repelling them.
Casemiro has been really poor in this first half. The Brazilian spent a long time on the sidelines injured and this basis it seems that he hasn't quite returned to match sharpness.
That was a dangerous position for Real Sociedad and they didn't make the most of the opportunity in the end. Januzaj's cross is cleared when he should have picked out a teammate.
Vazquez stumbles! A nice little flick from Vinicius sets Vazquez bursting into the Real Sociedad box, but the winger stumbles over his own feet at just the wrong moment.
Good save! That was a decent effort from Modric. The Croatian took aim from about 20 yards out, it came through bodies, but Rulli was equal to it, making the save to deny Modric.
Not playing like world champions right now...
Of all people, it's Courtois who tries to up the tempo of Real Madrid's play. He rolled the ball out quickly from a corner kick and gestured to his teammates to get forward with pace!
It's almost as if there is a lack of enthusiasm around the Real Madrid team. Have they given up on La Liga this season? Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are setting the pace at the top.
Vinicius gives Real Madrid someone to play on the shoulder of the last defender, and so far that is giving Real Sociedad something to think about. He looks dangerous early on.
Chance for Vinicius! The Brazilian teenager is played in on goal, he attempts to dink a finish over Rulli, but the Real Sociedad goalkeeper comes off his line to push the shot away.
That's another mistake from Marcelo, who has a cross-field pass cut out, and that prompts a round of whistling from the home supporters inside the Santiago Bernabeu.
The problem for Real Madrid is that with Bale injured they don't really have a vertical threat. The Welshman gives them the ability to carry the ball up the pitch in a matter of seconds.
The Real Sociedad defenders don't seem to know how to defend against Vinicius. He is something of an unknown quantity. A wild card for Real Madrid. Might make an impact.
This is better from Real Madrid as they start to make an impression in the final third of the pitch, but they still look extremely vulnerable at the back. Sociedad will get more chances.
How did he miss? That should have been an equaliser for Real Madrid. Vazquez got the cross into the box, Vinicius unsettled the defence, but Benzema fires wide at the far post from about eight yards out.
Madrid all over the place! Once again, Real Sociedad manage to expose the Real Madrid defence, with Ramos coming across to stop Oyarzabal from finding Januzaj unmarked at the back post.
So how will Real Madrid respond to going behind so early on? They are zipping the passes around right now, almost as if they're re-assuring themselves of their superiority.
The home supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu are already restless, just a few minutes in this match. Marcelo was whistled there as he dribbled up the left wing. Strange atmosphere.
- Goal by penaltyWillian JoséReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Real Sociedad 1 (3 mins - Willian Jose pen). Real Sociedad take the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu! Jose steps up to the 12-yard mark and slams a finish down the middle of the goal, with Courtois diving the wrong way. What a start to this match. The pressure is really on Real now!
PENALTY KICK TO REAL SOCIEDAD! Wow! What a start! The away side are awarded a spot kick after just 80 seconds, with Casemiro clipping Merino in the box.
The pressure is on Real Madrid, but Real Sociedad are playing three attackers here. They have not come to the Spanish capital to sit deep and play for a draw, that's for sure.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Real Madrid against Real Sociedad in La Liga.
Okay, here we go. About to get started at the Santiago Bernabeu. Kick off is just seconds away.
A poor result here for Real Madrid would heap the pressure on Solari. He needs a win to prove his team are back on the straight and narrow again.
Not long until kick off at the Santiago Bernabeu. This has the potential to be a good game, but what sort of Real Madrid team will turn up?
With the exception of Vinicius, Solari has opted for experience, particuarly in the centre of the pitch where the familiar unit of Casemiro, Kroos and Modric has been restored.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can La Real cause at upset at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening? Tweet me!
Bounce back! Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a disappointing raw away to Villarreal on Thursday night. Solari's side need to bounce back to keep within touching distance of the pace-setters in La Liga.
Big call! Bale's injury has left Real Madrid short in the attacking areas, but rather than pick Isco for this game Solari has instead selected teenager Vinicius Jnr. That's a bold decision.
TEAM NEWS: Real Madrid - Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez, Vinicius, Benzema. /// Real Sociedad - Rulli, Elustondo, Moreno, Zurutuza, Munoz, Llorente, Illarramendi, Merino, Oyarzabal, Januzaj, Jose.
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