Real Sociedad 0-3 Real Madrid: Bale gives Madrid a boost in La Liga.

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Gareth Bale Real Madrid

An easy win for Real Madrid after goals from Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio, setting them off on the right path in La Liga.

Real Madrid went against Real Sociedad for their La Liga opener as they fought hard without some of their key players. Real Madrid put up a good fight against Real Sociedad, after some amazing goals from the Welsh, who scored the first opener for the Blancos under the first 75 seconds of the game. Another goal followed by the new youngster, Marco Asensio, who made a place in the team in the very first game of the season. The game ended 3-0, after Bale put another one in the net in the extra time.

Real Madrid lost the previous season to Barcelona, earning the second spot just one point short. While Atletico Madrid came two points below Real Madrid, winning the third position. This seasons opening win has equalised Real Madrid to Barcelona, who defeated Real Betis by a 4 goal difference, winning 3 points. This years fight for the season crown is expected to be a good one, as Real Madrid will put up a fight against Barcelona, to win their second La Liga trophy in 9 years, while Atletico Madrid will do everything to stop them.

Recently, Real Madrid brought back there famous player, Alvaro Morata, back from Juventus, while Jese left for Paris Saint German. Also, the 20-year old Marco Asensio was brought from Espanyol, after his amazing performance while he was on loan to Espanyol. On the other side, the former Southampton player, Juanmi made his first debut for the club. Illarramendi was also playing against his former club, where he spent a total of 2 years.

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Match Expectations:

The expectations were largely in favour of Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Keylor Navas and Luka Modric were out due to being unfit, Real Madrid made a start with Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos. James Rodriguez and Isco were also kept on the bench, according to Zidane. These are the head to head stats on both the teams:

  • Madrid has won 17 out of 18 of their last La Liga matches against Real Sociedad.
  • Real Sociedad has lost 6 of their 9 games at the Estadio de Anoeta.
  • Madrid has won only 2 out of their 5 La Liga opening fixtures.
  • Real Sociedad has won 4 out of their 5 La Liga opening fixtures.

Match Summary:

The match kicked off with Real Madrid gaining the possession. As the ball went to Carvjal, he sent a flying cross, just in time for Gareth Bale to fly forward and head the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal.

The match continued with Real Madrid continuing to trick Real Sociedad, as Morata beat most of the defense one-by-one, but lost possession just as he was going to score. Real Sociedad continues to struggle to make an attack. Their first attach was dealt with by Varane, after a corner from Illarramendi. The Blancos continue their attack, as Marcelo passes the ball to Asensio, who passes it to the open Kroos. His on target shot was saved by Rulli.

Sociedad continues to make an attack on Real Madrid, when finally Illarramendi makes a run for the ball, beating most of Real Madrid’s defense. He passes the ball across the box into the open, unfortunately, there was no one to recieve it. Madrid clears the ball, out of the danger zone. This followed by another miss target by Ramos who misplaced a header after a free kick from Toni Kroos.

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Morata, eager to prove himself makes a run for the ball, beating three defenders on his way. He fails to shoot on target. Varane shoots a long ball to an open Asensio, who chips the ball beautifully above Rulli, despite of the 2 defenders going his way. An amazing start for the 20-year old Spaniard. Marcelo again makes an effort from an overhead kick, but Casemiro misplaces the header just inches from the crossbar.

The second half starts, with Madrid showing the same spirit as before. Bale is making a run outside his marker with the ball beautifully. Marcelo tries to pass the ball across the box, but Asensio couldnt make it. Morata is taken down as he made an amazing run with the ball, finding another goal for his team, however, the referee refuses to award a penalty, instead giving Morata a yellow card.

Illarramendi shoots a free-kick perfectly, but Martinez’s header was just inches above the box. A failed attempt for Real Sociedad. Bale is fouled just outside the box, Real Madrid is awarded a free kick after . Ramos takes it and it bounces of the wall. Kovacic tries his luck from 40 yards, a well placed shot is deflected by Rulli.

Zidane makes several subsitutes, seeking another goal for his team. Real Sociedad’s Oyarzabal makes an excellent run into the opponents box, but his goal is stopped by Marcelo. Just minutes left to the final whistle, Bale makes a run for the ball alone. He beats of the goalkeeper, finally scoring the third goal in an open goal. Full time, Real Sociedad 0-3 Real Madrid.

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