Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad: LaLiga goals, result, report
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid prepared for their Champions League clash against PSG with a LaLiga stroll against Real Sociedad. LAFC vs LA Galaxy: Vela vs Zlatan live online, MLS week 25
Real Madrid got back to winning ways ahead of their crunch clash with Paris Saint-Germain as a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped them thrash Real Sociedad 5-2 in LaLiga on Saturday night.
Real Madrid warm up for PSG clash with big win
Goals by Lucas Vázquez and Toni Kroos completed a victory which, though unlikely to have a significant impact on the title hopes of a side still 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, serves as a confidence boost ahead of a Champions League tie they cannot lose if they are to claim major silverware this term.
Indeed, the only question mark for Zinedine Zidane's men is whether this was, in the end, too comfortable a way to prepare for the far stiffer test that Neymar, Mbappé et al will provide on Wednesday evening.
Real Sociedad succumb after dreadful first half
For La Real, meanwhile, defeat will hardly come as a shock, given their record of one win at the Bernabéu since 1994; but the manner of the reverse - particularly an abject first-half display - surely re-exerts plenty of the pressure on Eusébio Sacristán that had been eased by last weekend's 5-0 thumping of Deportivo.
His underachieving side remain down in 14th after this beating - and could be leapfrogged by Espanyol on Sunday - and positive results against Red Bull Salzburg and Levante over the coming week now seem imperative for La Real's boss, who, it has been said, had saved his job against Depor.
Casemiro, Bale left on bench ahead of PSG match-up
With one eye on PSG, Zidane made two changes from the disappointing draw at Levante seven days previously, leaving Casemiro and Gareth Bale on the bench and handing starts to Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio.
Only one winner after Vázquez's first-minute goal
And, in what was their first outing at home since their embarrassing Copa del Rey exit to Leganés last month, Real Madrid could not have wished for a better start than to see Vázquez head in Cristiano's cross with just 49 seconds on the clock - the side's fastest goal this season.
In fact, they could not have wished for a better first 45: La Real offered so little resistance that the hosts were 4-0 up by the break, Kroos netting a sweet strike shortly after the half-hour mark, in between two goals for Cristiano - a tap-in from Marcelo's low cross and a firm header from the German's corner.
Aided by a Madrid team whose thoughts were increasingly on PSG - Luka Modric was withdrawn after an hour with Wednesday in mind - the visitors improved slightly after half time, and substitute Jon Bautista produced a neat finish to pull one back with 15 minutes to go.
3 - Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to score a perfect hat-trick in La Liga this season (right foot, left foot and head). Machine. pic.twitter.com/OPU0bdQ8OR— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 10 February 2018
Cristiano completes his hat-trick after Rulli mistake
But keeper Gerónimo Rulli's fumble from a shot by the recently introduced Bale then allowed Cristiano to seal his treble from close range, before Asier Illarramendi volleyed in a second La Real consolation against his former club.
Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad: as it happened
Peeep! And with that the full-time whistle blows! A comfortable evening for Real Madrid against a rotten Real Sociedad (who did, it must be conceded, improve a little in the second half). Los Blancos' attentions now turn to Wednesday's crucial Champions League match-up with Paris Saint-Germain.
92' Oh dear Karim! Bale crosses low from the left, and all the Frenchman has to do is redirect the ball into the net from six yards out... but he blazes over! He really is rather talented at missing sitters.
90' Two minutes of added time at the Bernabéu.
88' And just as I write that, Cristiano misses a clear chance to head in his fourth from Kroos's right-wing free-kick!
84' Bale scuffs a shot wide. "Real Madrid have had their minds on PSG for the whole of the second half," says co-commentator Maldini on the Spanish TV commentary (no, not that Maldini).
83' Real Sociedad make their final substitution, bringing Jon Guridi on for Juanmi.
82' Juanmi nodded it back across goal, where Illarramendi turned it into Keylor's right-hand corner on the volley.
82' Another goal! This time for the visitors! Illarramendi pulls one back against his former club, and it's 5-2.
80' Bale cuts inside from the right and looks to curl a left-footed shot into Rulli's far corner, but it's much too close to the goalkeeper. However, the Argentine makes an absolute hash of his attempt to gather the ball, spilling it right at the feet of Cristiano, who skips around the custodian and taps in!
80' Goal! 5-1 to Real Madrid! Cristiano hat-trick!
78' Benzema sets Cristiano scampering towards the byline, where the Portugese's attempt to find his team-mate's run into the box is straight at Rulli in the Real Sociedad goal.
75' The newly-introduced Bale should really have done more to help put Bautista off there; instead, the Welshman just stood and watched.
74' Having almost been in just a moment ago, this time Bautista is given the time and space to collect Oyarzabal's pass, advance into the left-hand side of the box and shoot, and he beats Keylor to pull one back!
72' On comes Bale, with Asensio coming off to a deserved round of applause.
70' Bautista is almost in on the left for a shot on goal, but Varane nips in just before the Real Sociedad youth product. Over on the Real Madrid bench, Gareth Bale is readying himself to come on.
67' Ooh, here's a chance for Real Sociedad. Odriozola scuttles into crossing space on the right byline and cuts it back to the top of the box, where Kovacic is penalised for a foul, giving the Basques a shooting opportunity from a free-kick. Illarramendi - who netted a rather tasty dead-ball effort against Deportivo last weekend - stands over the ball, but curls it just over.
65' Kovacic looks to slip in Carvajal in the right-hand channel, but the right-back had just checked his run when the Croat released the pass. A shame: as Barry Davies would say, the idea was right.
61' Luka Modric comes off for Mateo Kovacic, while Isco replaces Lucas Vázquez. With PSG looming on the horizon, keeping Modric as fresh as possible seems rather sensible, all things considered.
61' Illarramendi crosses, Varane clears, and now Zidane also makes a double substitution.
60' Real Sociedad make a double change: Canales and Zurutuza come off, Jon Bautista and Igor Zubeldía trot on.
55' Real Sociedad have posed slightly more of an attacking threat since the break, but let's be honest: Real Madrid's foot is almost completely off the gas pedal. With the small matter of a season-defining Champions League tie in four days' time, that's understandable.
54' Juanmi then has another chance with his head - albeit only really a half-chance - but can only send a looping effort towards goal, and Keylor claims it comfortably.
53' And Vázquez it is who - via a lovely reverse ball by Asensio - crosses towards the penalty spot, where Kroos pings a bouncing effort right at Rulli.
52' Vázquez seems to be OK now.
51' Juanmi goes close for Real Sociedad! The Txuri-urdin earn a first corner of the evening, and the striker outjumps Kroos but can't quite direct his header on target!
49' Real Sociedad actually enjoy a spell of extended-ish possession in the Real Madrid half, De la Bella getting himself into an advanced position and crossing - innocuously so, however. Vázquez is clearly still feeling the effects of that De la Bella tackle, incidentally.
48' Carvajal joins De la Bella in the book for a very tardy tackle on Zurutuza.
46' Alberto de la Bella becomes the first man to go into the book after a poor challenge on Lucas Vázquez. Our Spanish commentary team wonder whether that might have been a reaction to a yous-have-played-like-wimps half-time team-talk.
45' No changes for either side.
Peeep! Back underway!
And that's that for the first half! A tight affair it has not been.
44' Marcelo tries to find Modric's run into the box with a Hollywood angled ball, but the Croat isn't getting to that one.
42' Odriozola crosses from the right, but it's straight into Keylor's arms at the near post. Eusébio's men really have offered naff-all going forward.
39' It's so close to being five! Marcelo exhanges passes with Benzema and just waltzes past three orange shirts and into the box, where he cuts back for Asensio... but it's just behind the winger, and he can't turn it goalwards!
37' Kroos delivers the corner from the right, and Cristiano rises higher than Elustondo to nod the ball into the corner with embarrassing ease. Real Madrid have been decent, but Real Sociedad haven't half given them a helping hand. They have been utter toilet.
37' And that's four!
34' Having twice almost made it three in quick succession, it's third time lucky for Real Madrid, as Vázquez cuts in from the right and lays it back to Kroos on the edge of the box. From there, it's a scene we've seen a good few times before from the German: side-footed, into the goalie's left-hand corner, despairing dive from said goalie.
33' 3-0! Toni Kroos with The Only Kind of Goal Toni Kroos Ever Scores.
31' Now Cristiano volleys against the post from a headed Ramos knock-back!
30' Ufff! It's very nearly three! Modic plays a gorgeous slide-rule ball to get Cristiano scampering in on goal. He rounds Rulli, but is driven wide and cuts back for Benzema, who turns it towards goal - but Raúl Navas slides in to deflect it over the bar! Otherwise that was three!
28' That goal was all about Asensio, who produced a lovely moment of skill on the left corner of the box, spinning away from his man and feeding Marcelo's run to the byline. From there, the Brazilian cut back for Cristiano, who was unmarked and wasn't going to miss.
27' Gooooal! Marcelo crosses low, Cristiano taps in, and Real Madrid lead 2-0!
26' Cristiano runs at De la Bella and sort of half goes down under the left-back's challenge just inside the box, but referee Alejandro Hernández is not interested in his timid penalty appeals.
24' Sergio Ramos marauds forward and tries to play a one-two with Benzema on the edge of the box, but it's dealt with fairly comfortably by the visitors.
21' Zurutuza almost gets Juanmi in behind the Real Madrid backline with a gorgeous backheel, before Asensio goes close with a header for the hosts! Cristiano has a shot blocked by an orange shirt, only for Vázquez to pick up the loose ball and cross towards the penalty spot, where Asensio can't get enough on his header and it's meat and drink for Rulli in the Real Sociedad goal.
18' Oyarzabal tries to run at the Real Madrid defence, but is fairly easily muscled off the ball, cuing yet more possession for Real Madrid. It has felt like the ball has pretty much been exclusively at the feet of a player in white thus far, although our stats tell us it's actually only 55%-45% in favour of Zidane's boys.
14' Marco Asensio drifts across to the right, looks up and clips in a cross towards the back post, which Rulli gathers at the second attempt. Real then come again, Varane releasing Cristiano to run at De la Bella on the right, but the Portuguese goes all stepover-tastic and, with two men in the middle, neither shoots not crosses - and the chance is gone.
10' Replays have just rebuffed suggestions that Cristiano was offside in the build-up to Real's goal.
9' Now Cristiano slaps a bouncing ball over at the back post. Real Madrid look like scoring a few if things carry on in this vein.
8' As is their wont, Real Sociedad try to play it our neatly from the back; however, Marcelo snaps into the challenge and wins the ball just outside the area. He bustles through into the box, where the ball goes loose and falls to Benzema - but the Frenchman's toe-poke is against the left-hand upright!
7' And now Benzema hits the post! Almost two for the hosts!
5' Real Madrid pop it about in midfield for what feels like about five minutes, and look very comfortable with ball at feet, before a chipped through-ball from the right almost has Karim Benzema in on Gerónimo Rulli, who is quickly out to gather.
3' That's Lucas Vázquez's second LaLiga goal of the season in just his sixth league start. It was a fine header, but some serious questions should be asked of the Real Sociedad defence about the time and space that Cristiano had to do a few wiggly stepovers and plop the ball into the centre.
1' And Real take the lead with their first attack! Cristiano Ronaldo crosses from the left, and there's Lucas Vázquez to glance a back-post header into the far corner!
1' Real Madrid in their traditional white, Real Sociedad all in orange.
Handshakes. Check. Coin toss. Check. Peeeep! Underway at the Bernabéu!
Out come the teams!
While the teams await the entrance in the tunnel, here's a reminder of how and where to watch the match, should you be out to park yourself in front of a TV for it.
14h-placed Real Sociedad are in the midst of a hugely disappointing campaign, but come to the Bernabéu buoyed by a 5-0 walloping of Deportivo La Coruña that eased the pressure on their head coach, Eusébio Sacristán, last time out. However, history is very much not on the Basques' side: they haven't won at the Bernabéu since 2004, and have failed to even come away with a draw in each of their last eight visits, stretching back 12 years.
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Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad live online: match preview
Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in the Bernabéu on Saturday in what for Zinedine Zidane’s beleaguered side is essentially a dress rehearsal for the season-defining first leg of the Champions League clash against PSG next Wednesday.
Zidane will be keenly aware that the Ligue 1 giants handed Barcelona their backside on a plate in the opening leg of the last 16 tie between the sides last season and only divine intervention on one hand and a fair dose of complacency on the other saw the runaway Liga leaders through that test.
Out of contention on the domestic front, Real’s only hope of salvaging something from 2017-18 is Europe. However, the home side do not have an awful lot of room for manoeuvre in LaLiga and will have to guard against the temptation to rest more than one eye on next week’s business against a Sociedad side who stuck five past Depor last weekend.
Zidane will be praying that nothing befalls any of his defenders in the Bernabéu with Dani Carvajal suspended against PSG and Jesús Vallejo still recovering from a hamstring problem. That leaves the Madrid boss with few options at the back but Zidane is likely to opt for his strongest side in any case in the hope that a positive result with his regulars on duty will provide a shot in the arm after setbacks in LaLiga and the Copa in recent weeks.
Up front the untouchable triumvirate of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will start and Zidane will hope that they put in a better performance than they did against Levante last week, when it fell to Isco to come off the bench and save the day. In midfield, there are unlikely to be any surprises with Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos patrolling the centre as Zidane reverts to his favoured 4-3-3 after a number of mostly ineffective formation changes this season in the absence of any components of the from three.
The visitors are without top scorer Willian José and are also missing Adnan Januzaj and vice-captain Carlos Martínez. However, Imanol Agirretxe has been feeling his way back after another injury and has a little score to settle at the Bernabéu after picking up an ankle injury there in December 2015 that although it seemed innocuous enough eventually kept him on the sidelines for over a year after a relapse the following February.
Sociedad have been on a dreadful run of form in 2018, the victory over Depor halting a run of four straight defeats that has left the txuri-urdin firmly rooted in the bottom half of the table. La Real also haven’t tasted victory in the Bernabéu since 2004 and last managed to leave with a point in 2006, so expectations won’t be particularly high among the visiting side. Against this Real Madrid though anything is possible Eusebio may fancy of chances of outfoxing his opposite number to at least get on the board in Madrid.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad live online: selected betting odds
You can get odds of 29/1 on a goalless draw in the Bernabéu while a Real victory and both teams to score is chalked up at 2/1. A cheeky Sociedad 1-0 win is 41/1 and a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick pays out at 8/1.
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