Real Madrid traveled to face Real Sociedad in their opening league game of the season this Sunday night. Without couple of key players missing including, Ronaldo, Benzema and Modric Zidane started with a very young team and they did not disappoint with Bale scoring inside first two minutes while Marco Asensio made it 2-0 just before the break to pretty much ended the contest.
Real Sociedad 0-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 ]
02′ 0 – 1 Gareth Bale scored inside the first two minutes when Sociedad got caught in their own half and Bale headed home after a super drilled in cross
40′ 0 – 2 Marco Asensio continue his superb run of form when he scored just before the break to make it 2-0 and settle the result.
Real Madrid visited Anoeta Stadium to take on Real Sociedad in the Spanish La Liga game this Saturday and it turned out to be a very competitive game where Real Madrid struggle to get the grip on the proceedings. Madrid started without Ronaldo and Benzema which kind of handed initiative to homeside and they took it with both hands. Sociedad frustrated Madrid for best part of first 80 minute but Madrid finally got the goal they needed to go top of the table when Gareth Bale stepped up to score in 80th minute to put the game to bed.
It took around 80th minute for Real Madrid to finally break the deadlock and it was Gareth Bale who scored to save Madrid’s brushes. Los Blancos now go top of the table for atleast a few hours.
Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid Highlights
[ La Liga Match, Saturday, 30th April 2016 ]
80′ 0 – 1 Gareth Bale rose the highest inside the box to head home Real Madrid’s late winner in 80th minute.
If Real Madrid win their Saturday’s game they will go top of the table for atleast a few hours and it will be their 10th straight win in La Liga and a win will set themselves up nicely for the remaining two games one of which will be against Valencia at home. Real Sociedad however can spring out a surprise at home where they have won 6 games drawn 5 and lost 6 in the 17 games so far at the Anoeta Stadium. Having said that Sociedad has only beated Real Madrid once in previous 17 games between the two sides.
Team News & Starting Lineups: Real Madrid do have some injury problems going into the game and Zidane’s will have to rotate the squad keeping in mind the Champions League semifinal second leg against City in midweek. Cristiano Ronaldo is the fit enough to start but we can only assume he will be given extra rest on weekend so that he can start fresh against Manchester City in the midweek. Karim Benzema is a sure absentee after suffering hamstring injury while Zidane can make couple of changes at the back with Pepe given rest and Rafael Verane playing alongside Sergio Ramos. James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez are expected to start upfront alongside Gareth Bale in attacking roles.
Sociedad on the other hand will be without several key players with Carlos Martinez (injury) and Carlo Vela (Suspension) missing out from saturdays clash. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Match Predictions: Its a massive game for Real Madrid who can put pressure on leaders Barcelona by taking all three points against Sociedad but Champions League involvement and injuries to key players might take its toll on Madrid squad and I am going with Sociedad to take a point from this game.