Real Sociedad’s early penalty wasn’t enough to take anything from the Santiago Bernabeu, as Real Madrid win comfortably by a score of 4-1.
Oyarzabal’s goal from the spot was the only bright spot as Alguacil’s side were thoroughly outplayed after going ahead, with long-range stunners from Camavinga and Modric overturning the deficit within the first half.
Benzema would get his goal after netting twice only to have both called back for offside, potting his penalty past Remiro after a foul on Vinicius inside the area with a quarter-hour remaining.
Insult was added to injury late on when Asensio turned home Carvajal’s unselfish pass just two minutes after coming on.
The win temporarily extends Real Madrid’s lead at the top to eight points while Real Sociedad stays sixth.
REAL MADRID XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois;
Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy;
Luka Modric, Casemiro, Eduardo Camavinga;
Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
REAL SOCIEDAD XI (5-2-3): Alex Remiro;
Joseba Zaldua, Jon Pacheco, Robin Le Normand, Igor Zubeldia, Andoni Gorosabel;
Asier Illarramendi, Mikel Merino;
David Silva, Alexander Isak, Mikel Oyarzabal.
1-0 REAL SOCIEDAD. Oyarzabal steps up, and with a hop, a skip and a jump – the winger dispatches his penalty low into the bottom corner, putting it just beyond the outstretched arm of Courtois.
WHAT A HIT! SENSATIONAL! 1-1. It’s a strike of impeccable quality as Camavinga receives a pass from Modric 35 yards from goal and dispatches a thunderous effort that beats a full-stretch Remiro.
NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT ONE! 2-1 REAL MADRID. Benzema and Carvajal work a short-corner routine, with the striker finding Modric 25 yards from goal. The Croatia international cuts inside and hammers a shot that evades the outstretched palm of Remiro.
3-1 REAL MADRID! Benzema steps up and lashes his penalty into the right corner of the goal – sending Remiro the wrong way. The France international finally has his goal after putting the ball in the net twice to no avail.
4-1! Casemiro sprays a long pass over the top of the defence for the run of Carvajal, who gets on the end of the pass in space. The right-back drives forward into the penalty area before cutting it back to Asensio, whose first-time effort beats Remiro.
So, where else do Real Madrid and Real Sociedad go from here?
Real Madrid has a crucial Champions League tie in midweek against PSG ahead of a visit to Mallorca on Monday.
Real Sociedad are in action again on March 14 when they play Deportivo Alaves.
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