La Liga Results: Analysis of Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad, All Weekend Matches
There's a full programme of fixtures in Spain's La Liga this weekend, and this is your go-to resource for tracking the action.
We'll be posting results and recaps as the games finish, so check back regularly.
Friday night saw Almeria host Osasuna and Malaga travel to face Granada.
On Saturday, Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in arguably the game of the weekend. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in scintillating form for Madrid we should see goals in this one, but Sociedad shut out Manchester United in midweek and might not be the pushover some will expect.
On Sunday, high-flying Atletico Madrid travel to Villarreal. Look for red-hot striker Diego Costa to continue his fine run of form in that one.
Barcelona are also in action on Sunday, travelling to Real Betis with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Co. expected to continue where they left off against AC Milan in midweek.
All stats supplied by Whoscored.
Real Betis 1-4 Barcelona
The good news for Barcelona was they swept aside Real Betis 4-1, with goals from Neymar, Pedro and a brace from Cesc Fabregas doing the damage.
The bad news was another injury for Lionel Messi. This, as per BBC Sport:
"The 26-year-old pulled up as he tried to accelerate with the ball at his feet after only 18 minutes of the game. Barcelona confirmed that Messi injured the femoral biceps in his left leg and he will have further tests on Monday."
On target: 5-8
Passing: 73 percent-79 percent
Possession: 43 percent-57 percent
Also on Sunday
Villarreal 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid went ahead through an early own goal at Villarreal, but were denied all three points by a late equaliser from Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche.
Espanyol 1-3 Sevilla
Victor Sanchez was sent off as Espanyol fell 3-1 at home to Sevilla. The visitors' goals were scored by Federico Fazio, Victor Perez and Carlos Bacca.
Valencia 2-2 Real Valladolid
Valencia twice came behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Real Vallodolid. The home side scored goals through Dorlan Pabon and Sofiane Feghouli.
Real Madrid 5-1 Real Sociedad
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and assisted on another as Real Madrid thumped Real Sociedad 5-1, Saturday, and pulled to within three points of Primera Division leaders Barcelona.
Ronaldo, in a purple patch that makes other purple patches look pink, needed just 12 minutes to open the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Portugal captain hitting the back of the net from a difficult angle.
Just six minutes later Ronaldo turned provider as Karim Benzema doubled the hosts’ advantage, and by the 26th minute Madrid had a strangle-hold on the three points when Ronaldo converted from the spot following a Markel Bergara hand-ball inside the area.
Sami Khedira rounded out the first-half scoring after accepting Gareth Bale’s pass and finishing from near the penalty spot.
Real Sociedad pulled one back just after the hour-mark through Antoine Griezmann, but Madrid restored their four-goal cushion with 14 minutes remaining when Ronaldo scored from a free-kick.
On target: 8-3
Passing: 87 percent-81 percent
Possession: 56 percent-44 percent
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Levante
Athletic Bilbao scored twice in the last 20 minutes and held on to a 2-1 win over Levante despite the ejection of Artiz Aduriz in the final minutes of normal time.
David Barral opened the scoring for Levante shortly after the half-hour mark when, after accepting Jordi Xumetra’s pass, his close-range effort evaded Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.
It would take the hosts until midway through the second half to reply—Mikel Rico finding the back of the net shortly after Aduriz missed the target from just outside the area.
The winner came in the 84th minute when Aduriz headed Ander Iturraspe’s cross past Levante ‘keeper Keylor Navas.
On target: 9-3
Passing: 83 percent-66 percent
Possession: 63 percent-37 percent
Saturday`s Other Matches
Celta Vigo 0-2 Rayo Vallecano
Getafe 1-1 Elche
Osasuna 0-1 Almeria
Rodri's 18th-minute goal was the difference as Almeria claimed a precious victory away at fellow strugglers Osasuna.
Granada 3-1 Malaga
Youssef El-Arabi scored a second-half hat-trick as Granada beat Malaga 3-1 in Friday night's late game in Spain.
Juan Miguel Lopez equalised El-Arabi's opener for the home side, but the Moroccan would not be denied—adding two more to win the game.