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First Division - Day 21

Real Madrid 4 - Real Sociedad 1

Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; James (Jesé 74‘), Illarramendi, Kroos (Khedira 81‘), Isco; Bale, Benzema (Chicharito 81‘). 4-4-2.
Real: Rulli; Aritz Elustondo (Bergara 63‘), Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, Yuri; Gorka Elustondo, Rubén Pardo; Xabi Prieto, Granero, Canales (De la Bella 46’); Carlos Vela (Agirretxe 17‘). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 01. Aritz Elustondo. Ran in to head Pardo corner past Casillas on far post.
1-1. 03. James. Got on the end of long Marcelo cross to steer header past Rulli.
2-1. 37. Ramos. Drilled ball back into net after keeper pushed out Benzema shot.
3-1. 52. Benzema. Turned shot wide of Rulli after Bale laid ball back from by-line.
4-1. 76. Benzema. Connected with Isco return pass & curled shot into top corner.

Yellow cards: Illarramendi 31’, Marcelo 70’, Khedira 88’, Yuri 88’.

Leaders Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-1 on Saturday afternoon to hold on to top spot for another week. Ancelotti’s side went behind in the first minute when Aritz Elustondo headed in a Rubén Pardo corner, the fourth game in a row that that had happened. However James got on the end of Marcelo’s cross to head the equalizer just two minutes later, and although Canales shot just wide, Rulli had to be at his best to keep out Benzema and James soon afterwards. With just under half an hour gone Sergio Ramos fired home a second though after the keeper pushed out a shot from Benzema, and Bale missed a chance which he robbed off James before setting up Benzema for the third early on in the second half. Benzema connected with Isco to score his second of the day with a quarter of an hour to go, and Bale could have added another had he been able to beat Rulli late on. Ronaldo, serving a two match ban and watching from the stands, was not missed for once.