- Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by resilient Real Sociedad on Sunday night at the Santiago Bernabeu
- All eyes are now on Real Madrid to see if they can bounce back and close the gap on FC Barcelona, who won their fixture against Girona on Saturday
Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by resilient Real Sociedad on Sunday night at the Santiago Bernabeu. The result left the Spanish giants five points behind league leaders FC Barcelona.
Despite being in control of the first half, the home side failed to convert their chances. Real Sociedad’s goalkeeper Alex Remiro excelled for the visitors with fine saves to keep them in the game.
The visitors came close to taking an early lead in the sixth minute, but Alexander Sorloth could not make contact with Aihen Munoz’s brilliant cross.
Vinicius Jr. had the opportunity to open the scoring for the Los Blancos in the 14th minute, but his shot was too wide. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos then came close to finding the back of the net, but goalkeeper Alex Remiro denied them with fantastic saves.
Real Madrid had two more chances before the end of the first half, with Dani Ceballos firing wide and Remiro denying Vinicius.
The second half was more balanced as both teams created chances. However, no player was able to find the back of the net for his team until the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the match. Vinicius Junior saw three of his four chances saved by Alex Remiro.
Speaking after the match, Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, said that his side played a complete game even though they couldn’t score. The Italian manager is satisfied with the draw. He also spoke about Vinicius, saying the Brazilian winger had a good game.
“We played a very complete game but couldn’t score. We were close. I’m satisfied with the draw because we played well. Vinicius played a good match; if he had scored it would have been a spectacular one. He has been playing well. Sometimes he will miss, but he is always trying.” Carlo Ancelotti said, as per Sportsnet.
Real Sociedad are now third on the table after earning one point at Santiago Bernabeu, one of the most difficult venues to win as opponents.
All eyes are now on Real Madrid to see if they can bounce back and close the gap on FC Barcelona, who won their fixture against Girona on Saturday.
Real Madrid, who have a game in hand, will face Valencia on Thursday at Santiago Bernabeu. On the other hand, Real Sociedad will next play Real Valladolid at home.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid bounced back from their Copa elimination against Real Madrid with a 1-0 win over Osasuna. Diego Simeone’s side now sit fourth on the La Liga table after the win on Sunday at Estadio El Sadar.
Saul Niguez, who was on loan at Chelsea towards the end of last season, scored the only goal of the match in the 74th minute.