– Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw for Los Blancos
– Vinicius Junior canceled out Christian Portu’s second-half strike to earn a point for Real
– Zinedine Zidane’s men have dropped to third place as they face city rival Atletico Madrid next
Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Real Sociedad in a La Liga game played at the Alfred Stefano Stadium.
Christian Portu opened the scoring in the second half while Vinicius Junior saved Madrid’s blushes with a minute left of the clock.
Los Merengues started the first half the better side and created a couple of decent chances but could not find the ball in the back of the net.
Mariano who deputized for Karim Benzema had his header hit the cross-bar from Lucas Vasquez’s cross and the follow-up by Marco Asensio was blocked.
Alex Remiro was kept busy on the night as he had to fist away a shot from Luka Modric after the Croatian skillfully nutmegged Mikel Oyarzabal.
It was the turn of Carlos Casimero to test the goalkeeper as he forced another fine save from Remiro as the scoreline remained 0-0 at the end of the first period.
Real Sociedad started the second 45 minutes stronger as they poured forward and won two corner-kicks in four minutes after much pressure on Madrid’s defence.
The away side finally took the lead in the 55th minute as Nacho Monreal’s cross found unmarked Portu who expertly directed his header away from Thibaut Courtois to make it 1-0.
Toni Kroos tried to pull one back with a curling shot but went just wide. Caseniro had two free headers later on but he could direct it towards goal.
A minute to the end of the game Vinicius side-footed home a low cross from Vasquez to score the equalizer in his 100th appearance for Real. 1-1 it was.
And that was how it finished as Los Blancos dropped vital points before they go into the weekend’s Madrid derby against Atletico.
Lionel Messi scored a brace and one of which was his trademark goal as Jordi Alba put the cherry on the cake.
Trincao threatened the visitors in the second minute of the tie as the Portuguese youngster forced a brilliant save from Edgar Badia.
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