No Ronaldo, No Problem for Real Madrid at Sociedad

By Aydin Reyhan
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Real Madrid visited a rather tough Real Sociedad side in a La Liga match without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo who was either injured or being rested for Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg. Even without him, they managed to record an absolutely impressive 4-0 victory in a stadium where arch rivals Barcelona lost 3-1 just mere weeks ago.

The goals were scored by Assier Illaramendi (who scored the only goal in the first half and did not celebrate as he recently departed the team after four seasons), Gareth Bale, Pepe and Alvaro Morata who all struck later on in the second half. All of the goals were decent, but the beauty of the matter is how they hit the woodwork twice through Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema – this could have ended 6-0 with great ease.

The hosts were the better side in the opening minutes as they had a shot by Carlos Vela saved at point-blank from keeper Diego Lopez who had a great game by recording an impressive clean sheet. However, Real Sociedad were unable to play the dominant game they posted against Barcelona. This proves that every opponent is different and each one comes with a different game plan and attitude.

The real story of the day is how Ronaldo did not take part in the match but the team still won by a large margin. The defense, midfield and offense all pitched in together to put on a remarkable team performance to earn all three crucial points.

Atletico Madrid won their Villarreal match 1-0 while Barcelona defeated Real Betis 3-1. Therefore, Real Madrid winning was a must as they are still only three points behind Atleti and two behind Barca. With only six games remaining, anything can happen as all three teams have a shot at winning the league title.


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