First Division - Day 15

Real Madrid 2 - Real Sociedad 1

The match was originally abandoned in minute 87 due to a bomb scare. The remaining three minutes plus four minutes time added on for stoppages were played out on 5th January. Line ups and other details of the remaining minutes were as follows:

Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Samuel, Iván Helguera, Roberto Carlos; Beckham, Guti, Zidane, Raúl (Solari 92'); Ronaldo (Pavón 90'), Morientes. 4-4-2.
Real Sociedad: Riesgo; López Rekarte, Luiz Alberto, Labaka, Garrido; Aranburu, Mikel Alonso; Karpin, Nihat, Gabilondo; Kovacevic. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes (from final line up when match abandoned): Madrid: Morientes for Owen / Real Sociedad: Mikel Alonso, Karpin for Arteta, Uranga.

2-1. 90. Zidane (penalty). After Ronaldo tripped by Labaka in the area.

A penalty by Zinedine Zidane gave Real Madrid a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad when the two sides met to play out the remaining six minutes and forty seconds of their fixture this evening. The game had been abandoned last month following a bomb scare with the sides level at a goal apiece, and was therefore restarted where it left off, with a goal kick for the visitors. Wanderley Luxemburgo was in charge of Real Madrid for the first time since taking over from García Remón, and although he could not include Figo in his line up as he had already been substituted, he did make one change, bringing in Morientes for Owen. Amorrortu likewise made two changes, drafting in Mikel Alonso and Karpin for the two players who had come on as substitutes in the original game, Arteta and Uranga.

Madrid's attacking line up paid off right from the start, with Raúl and Morientes both forcing saves out of Riesgo. And with three minutes gone a jinking run by Ronaldo into the area resulted in a penalty after Labaka scythed him down, Zidane stepping up to drive home the kick. Luxemburgo used up his two remaining substitutions to run down the clock, and it was all over. The new manager had got off to the best possible start, and his side move back up to the Champions League spots, level with second placed Valencia. The big question on everyone's lips - is this the turning point, or just a flash in the pan? Only time will tell.

The original match was played on Sunday 12th December. Details up to the time of stoppage were as follows:

Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Samuel, Iván Helguera, Roberto Carlos; Beckham, Guti; Figo (Owen 75'), Raúl, Zidane; Ronaldo. 4-2-3-1.
Real Sociedad: Riesgo; Zubiaurre, Luiz Alberto, Labaka, Garrido; Aranburu, Alkiza (Arteta 68'); Xabi Prieto (Uranga 82'), Nihat, Gabilondo; Kovacevic. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Roberto Carlos, Guti, Figo, Raúl, Zidane for Pavón, Raúl Bravo, Celades, Owen, Solari / Real Sociedad: Alkiza, Xabi Prieto for Mikel Alonso, Karpin.

1-0. 42. Ronaldo. Controlled cross from Salgado and fired shot wide of keeper.
1-1. 72. Nihat. First time shot past Casillas after cross from left headed back.

A bomb scare at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium ended the match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad three minutes from the end. The Basque terrorist group ETA apparently made a phone call to a local paper warning them that an explosive device had been placed at the ground, and in the light of the recent bombing campaign throughout Spain, the match was called off and the ground was evacuated in an orderly fashion. It later turned out however that it was a false alarm.

The visitors had started well, with Nihat in particular seemingly back to his old form, and Casillas had to punch out a shot from the Turkish international early on. Madrid eventually got going, with Ronaldo shooting over the bar with the goal at his mercy, and three minutes before the break he opened the scoring with an acrobatic volley after controlling a cross in from Salgado. Real could have equalised before the break though when Labaka headed against the bar.

Visiting keeper Riesgo was in action early in the second half, saving efforts from Zidane and Beckham as the hosts came out looking to extend their lead. Kovacevic had a goal disallowed for offside though soon afterwards, and with twenty minutes to go Nihat levelled the scores after Kovacevic headed back a cross. A few minutes later Ronaldo should have restored the lead when he sliced through the defence only to shoot over the bar again. But not long after referee Lizondo Cortés received orders to abandon the pitch, and the fans will have to wait for a later day to see if anyone can break the deadlock.