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Win over Real Sociedad makes it nine in a row in the league

MATCH REPORT. 01/02/2023. Eduardo Olivera. Photographer: María Jiménez

An Esther brace plus goals for Rocío and Athenea clinch second place.

Real Madrid stormed to an impressive win in the postponed matchday 13 league encounter. The madridistas saw off Real Sociedad in emphatic fashion to record a ninth successive victory in the championship to move into second place in the table. Rocío, Esther and Athenea all found the net in the first half, before the team from San Sebastián reduced the deficit after the break. Esther's strike made it 4-1 with 63 minutes gone to extend the team's winning run in the league.

The opening stages of the game were marked by the intensity shown by both sides, as the first chance fell to Jensen, but it whistled just wide of the post. Esther responded with 12 minutes gone but her effort ended up in Lete's gloves. Just four minutes later, Weir sent a perfect free-kick into the box and Rocío rose to head home and open the scoring (1-0). On the half-hour mark, Real Madrid doubled their lead. Some lovely play by Athenea allowed Toletti to thread a measured pass in behind for Esther, whose vicious shot flew just inside the post to beat the visiting goalkeeper. Toril's charged continued to push on and Athenea made the most of some poor passing out from the back to beat Lete in a one-on-one and head in at half-time three goals to the good.

Esther at the double
Real Sociedad made three changes at half-time in an attempt to turn the game on its head. They did manage to pull one back, when Vanegas headed in a corner but the madridistas reacted well again, with Esther finding the back of the net once more: Athenea whipped a sublime cross into the path of the Granada-born forward, who made no mistake and turned the ball into the back of the net to complete her brace. The game would finish 4-1 and Toril's side will be back in league action away at Valencia on Saturday (6:15pm CET).

Video.4-1: Win over Real Sociedad makes it nine in a row in the league

4-Real Madrid: Misa, K. Robles, Rocío, Toletti (Teresa, 82’), Olga, Esther (Nahikari, 67’), Weir, Kathellen, Feller (M. Oroz, 46’), Zornoza (Freja Siri, 67’) and Athenea (Møller, 82’).
1-Real Sociedad: Lete, Tejada (Franssi, 46’), Amaiur, I. Arnaiz (Etxezarreta, 46’), N. Eizagirre (Allegra, 73’), Le Guilly, Andreia, Jensen, Gemma (Maddi, 46’), Vanegas and Bernabé (Izarne, 19’).
1-0 (min. 16): Rocío.
2-0 (min. 32): Esther.
3-0 (min. 39): Athenea.
3-1 (min. 55): Vanegas.
4-1 (min. 63): Esther.