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Real Madrid extend their lead at the top of the table

MATCH REPORT. 04/12/2021

Goals from Vini Jr. and Jović in San Sebastian gave the Whites their eighth straight victory, to move eight points clear at the top of the table.

Real Madrid produced another fine display to pull clear at the top of the league. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side won in style at the Reale Arena to move eight points ahead of the second-place side. The Whites once again had to dig deep in what was another stern test, especially in the first half, against a Real Sociedad side who are fighting it out for a place in the Champions League. And in a game of such magnitude, it didn't take long for the visitors to go close to opening the scoring. First it was Vini Jr., with three minutes on the clock, after pressure on Remiro inside the area from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos that almost resulted in a goal. The hosts responded with a header from Isak that Militão had to clear off the line.
The game was an open affair as both sides looked to carve out chances, until Benzema pulled up and had to be replaced by Luka Jović. Despite the setback, Madrid remained comfortable both in possession and when there was a chance to hit the home side on the counter-attack, through Vini Jr. On the half-hour mark, Kroos fired a free-kick into the wall. Imanol’s side looked to hit Madrid from set-pieces and after a fine piece of play by Januzaj on the right, Eder Militão superbly intervened to block Isak’s header from going in. The last chance of the first half fell to Oyarzábal who sent the ball into the side-netting.

Video.Real Madrid extend their lead at the top of the table

It was always going to be a big ask for Madrid to maintain the intensity levels shown in the first half, but after the restart, our boys once again went all out for victory and the goals duly materialised. Right after the interval, Rodrygo fired in a warning shot with an effort from the right and Vini Jr. made the breakthrough in the very next move. The Brazilian picked up the ball wide on the right with 47 minutes on the clock and exchanged passes with Jović inside the box, before firing home from the penalty spot. The Whites doubled their money 10 minutes later when Casemiro got his head to a corner and Jović pounced to finish after stealing a yard on Álex Remiro and the hosts’ defence.
After the hour mark, Carlo Ancelotti replaced Casemiro with Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo with Marco Asensio, whilst Fede Valverde entered the fray in place of Kroos. Real Sociedad also introduced some fresh legs and forced a series of corners, but the madridista backline stood firm. In the 86th minute, Vini Jr. had the chance to further extend Madrid’s lead after his 40m burst saw him latch onto Militão’s pass and bear down on Remiro, only for the shotstopper to parry his effort away. No further goals were forthcoming as Real Madrid chalked up an eighth straight win ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown against Inter Milan, in which the teams will do battle for top spot in Group D.

Vini Jr. scores his tenth league goal

The Brazilian once again played a decisive role and opened the scoring at the Real Arena with his 10th of the season. His goals tally for the season now stands at 12 across LaLiga and the Champions League.

Courtois plays 150th game for Real Madrid

The Belgian glovesman, who has kept goal for Real Madrid for the past four seasons and has been nominated for the Globe Soccer award for the best goalkeeper for 2021, reached the milestone in the Reale Arena clash.




The referee

Gil Manzano (Extremadura Committee), assisted on the sidelines by Nevado Rodríguez and Martínez Nicolás. Ruiz Álvarez was the fourth official and Medié Jiménez (Catalonia Committee) was the VAR referee.