Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid grab important 3-1 win against Sociedad

Real Madrid have earned themselves a key win today as Los Merengues triumphed 3-1 against Real Sociedad away from home, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo. This fixture was quite an important one. Real Madrid, who had already disappointed in the past couple of weeks, with draws against Levante and Valencia, needed this win in order to come back in the title race and to increase their hopes of catching up to FC Barcelona, who had maintained a splendid record this season. Real Madrid started the game with the absences of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, and victory was far from certain at this point. Real Madrid’s first goal would come from a long cross to Sergio Ramos.

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La Liga Round-Up: Barça flies, Real sinks

Barcelona’s triumphant win over Espanyol, Messi’s spectacular performance in the Catalonia derby, Real’s fumble in Santiago Bernabéu; review this Liga matchweek. Real Madrid slowed down by Levante Madrid fielded a much less competitive starting eleven than anyone would expect; players such as Vázquez, Casillo, Llorente and Nacho were starters in a game that would be a relative nightmare for Zidane’s players. Levante would be the first team to score, following a long throw-in from Iván López that would reach Ivi López, marked by Ramos in the box; the winger performed an interesting first touch with his back facing the net, before taking a turn and tucking the ball into the back of the net. Real Madrid’s efforts would finally come

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