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Honours even at the Di Stéfano

MATCH REPORT. 01/03/2021

La Real took the lead, before Vinicius Jr. levelled terms for Real Madrid on a night when the hosts had further chances and were denied by the crossbar.

Real Madrid claimed a point against Real Sociedad at the Alfredo Di Stéfano. Portu put the visitors ahead in the 55th minute but Vinicius Jr. popped up with an 88th-minute equaliser to secure a share of the spoils. Zinedine Zidane's charges carved out more chances than the visitors and struck the crossbar with a headed effort from Mariano. The team came out on the front foot and pinned the visitors back, with the first chance of note coming on 22 minutes. Lucas Vázquez whipped in a cross to the far post and between Mariano, who was looking to send the ball goalwards, and Andoni Gorosabel, who sought to clear his lines, the ball ended up hitting the crossbar. The rebound fell out as far as Marco Asensio, whose shot was cleared away by Robin Le Normand inside the six-yard box.

Four minutes later, Casemiro tried his luck with an effort from the edge of the area that flashed narrowly wide. The hosts continued to lay siege and the chances kept on coming. With 36 minutes on the clock, Toni Kroos picked the ball up on the edge of the area and evaded two challenges, before unleashing a left-footed effort from a slight angle that was turned behind by Álex Remiro. The visitors' goalkeeper pulled off another fine save in the final chance of the half as he dealt with a fierce  Luka Modrić strike from the edge of the area.

The game took a twist after the restart when Real Sociedad took the lead on 55’. Monreal’s left-footed cross to the back post found Portu, who rose to head the ball into the top corner. Real Madrid almost drew level immediately when Kroos curled an effort agonisingly wide of the far post. The hosts went even closer on 63’, when a short corner was played to Lucas Vázquez, who played an early ball into the box and his cross was met by Casemiro but the Brazilian’s header scraped the outside of the post.

Vinicius Jr. salvages a point
As the minutes ticked away, it seemed it was not going to be Real Madrid’s night. On 84’, Rodrygo linked up well with Fede Valverde but the forward poked the ball inches wide of the back post with the keeper beaten. But the equaliser came four minutes later when a back-heeled flick by Valverde found Lucas Vázquez on the right and his cut-back to the penalty spot was hooked in by Vinicius Jr. The hosts applied the pressure in the closing minutes but were unable to get their reward and had to settle for a point.

Vinicius Jr made his 100th appearance for Real Madrid.

Vinicius Jr. made his 100th appearance for Real Madid against Real Sociedad at the Di Stéfano. The attacker reaches this landmark in his third season as a madridista, with whom he has claimed 58 wins and 12 goals.




The referee

Gil Manzano (Comité Extremeño), asistido en las bandas por Nevado Rodríguez y Martínez Nicolás. Ruiz Aguilera fue el cuarto árbitro, mientras que Martínez Munuera (Comité Valenciano) fue el árbitro de VAR.


Encuentro correspondiente a la jornada 25 de Liga, que se disputó en el estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.