Real Sociedad’s 100% La Liga record came to an end on Sunday evening as visitors Real Madrid proved too much for the Blues and Whites, securing a 3-1 win at the
A well-taken first senior goal from shock starter
However, Los Blancos’ lead was quickly restored as the momentary Sociedad hero turned
The opening quarter was certainly one for the footballing purist, with both sides possibly showing one another too much respect and neither willing to step away from their rigid game plans.
It looked as though it would take either a bit of magic or a bit of luck in order for the deadlock to be broken, and just after the quarter-hour mark the visitors got both.
Unlikely-starter, Mayoral, found himself in very much the right place at the right time after an incredible piece of individual skill from Sergio Ramos, who was able to both control the cross he received inside the area and advance with his back to goal without letting the ball hit the floor.
The Spaniard was then seemingly wrestled to the ground, in a challenge that certainly would have been penalised, only for the ball to fall nicely into the path of the on-running 20-year-old who dispatched his effort first time from six-yards out past the spread
The ball eventually found the feet of the advanced Mayoral, with Ascensio in support, but the youngster decided not to use him and instead rounded his man before taking his shot.
The effort, which was heading well wide, deflected off the outstretched leg of the retreating
However, the Whites and Blues managed to hold out, and that resilience lasted until the hour mark when Bale answered his critics with a typical Bale-esque goal.
The hgihtly-decorated Wales international managed to latch onto a long ball over the top down the right-hand side before showing the unrivalled strength and pace which had been missing from the 28-year-old’s performances so far this season.
The former world’s most expensive player drove into the Sociedad area, keeping the hosts’ defensive efforts at bay in the process, before cutely lifting his effort over the top of the advancing Rulli and giving his side a more comfortable two-goal lead.
As the clash ticked on Madrid enforced their dominance, with substitute Lucas Vasquez and Bale both coming close to further extending Los Blancos’ lead.
However, it wasn’t to be and Zidane’s side left