Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Madrid: Vallejo sees red in 11th La Liga defeat

Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Madrid: Jesus Vallejo sees red in 11th La Liga defeat for Los Blancos after Brahim Diaz scores first goal for the club

  • Real Madrid suffer their 11th league defeat of the season as Real Sociedad cruised to an impressive 3-1 win
  • Brahim Diaz got Madrid off to a quick start by breaking the deadlock inside six minutes at the San Sebastian
  • The hosts had a equaliser ruled out for offside after a long four-minute check by VAR during the first half
  • However, seconds later, Mikel Merino scored an a legitimate equaliser to get Real Sociedad back in the game
  • The visitors were then down to 10 men after Vallejo handled on the line to prevent a second goal for Sociedad
  • Willian Jose stepped up to take the resulting penalty but fired it straight at goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
  • Real Sociedad then took the lead through Joseba Zaldua before Ander Barrenetxea made it 3-1 shortly after

Real Madrid’s stuttering season continued as they were reduced to 10 men and then slumped to an 11th La Liga defeat of the campaign by going down 3-1 at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

The loss left Zinedine Zidane’s side in third place on 68 points with one match remaining, seven adrift of Atletico Madrid and no less than 18 points behind already-crowned champions Barcelona.

With Zidane opting once again not to include Gareth Bale in his squad, there was a rare start for youngster Brahim Diaz and the 19-year-old got Madrid off to the perfect start, coolly finishing after a solo run down the left wing. 

Real Sociedad's defender Joseba Zaldua (centre) hugs his team-mates after giving them the lead against Real Madrid

Real Sociedad’s defender Joseba Zaldua (centre) hugs his team-mates after giving them the lead against Real Madrid

Real Sociedad's midfielder Mikel Merino (left) celebrates after scoring the eqaulising goal against Real Madrid

Real Sociedad’s midfielder Mikel Merino (left) celebrates after scoring the eqaulising goal against Real Madrid

Merino beat Dani Carvajal to the ball to stick is past Courtois in goal to score Sociedad's equaliser

Merino beat Dani Carvajal to the ball to stick is past Courtois in goal to score Sociedad’s equaliser

The former Newcastle midfielder scored the equaliser for Real Sociedad in the La Liga clash with Real Madrid

The former Newcastle midfielder scored the equaliser for Real Sociedad in the La Liga clash with Real Madrid

Real Sociedad celebrate Merino's equaliser minutes after they missed a penalty to get on the scoresheet

Real Sociedad celebrate Merino’s equaliser minutes after they missed a penalty to get on the scoresheet

Sociedad thought they had equalised soon after, only for Mikel Oyarzabal’s goal to be disallowed for offside after a lengthy check on VAR.

They did not have to wait long before gaining parity though, as Mikel Merino fired in from the edge of the box, and things went from bad to worse for Zidane’s side as Jesus Vallejo was sent off for handball on the line five minutes before the break.

The Basques went ahead in the second half when Thibaut Courtois slipped, allowing Joseba Zaldua’s back post header to roll into the net.

Then 18-year-old Ander Barrenetxea netted a maiden strike from close range to secure the points for his side 20 minutes from time.

Brahim Diaz celebrates scoring the opening goal by making a love-heart symbol with his hands during the first half

Brahim Diaz celebrates scoring the opening goal by making a love-heart symbol with his hands during the first half

Th 19-year-old finished calmly to make it 1-0 to Zinedine Zidane's side early on at the San Sebastian Stadium

Th 19-year-old finished calmly to make it 1-0 to Zinedine Zidane’s side early on at the San Sebastian Stadium

Former Manchester City starlet Brahim Diaz celebrates breaking the deadlock with his Real Madrid team-mates

Former Manchester City starlet Brahim Diaz celebrates breaking the deadlock with his Real Madrid team-mates

Real Madrid's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois manages to save Willian Jose penalty during the first half

Real Madrid’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois manages to save Willian Jose penalty during the first half

MATCH FACTS

REAL SOCIEDAD: (4-3-3) Rulli; Zaldua (Januzaj 68), Moreno, Llorente, Munoz; Pardo (Illarramendi 77), Zubeldia, Merino; Barrenetxea (Juanmi 87), Willian Jose, Oyarzabal

SUBS NOT USED: Moya (GK); Jon, Navas, Rodrigues

GOALS: Merino (26), Zaldua (57), Barrenetxea (67)

BOOKINGS: Zubeldia (59)

COACH: Imanol Alguacil

REAL MADRID: (4-3-3) Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Vallejo, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Isco (Modric 56); Asensio (Vinicius Jnr 76), Benzema, Brahim

SUBS NOT USED: L. Zidane (GK); Mariano, Llorente, Lucas, Valverde

GOALS: Brahim (6)

BOOKINGS: Carvajal (42), Casemiro (75)

SENT OFF: Vallejo (38)

COACH: Zinedine Zidane

REFEREE: Juan Martinez Munuera

VENUE: San Sebastian Stadium

ATTENDANCE: 27,322


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