Real Sociedad recorded their first away victory against Real Madrid in fifteen years. As things stand, the current UCL winners find themselves lagging a full ten points behind leaders, and perennial rivals, Barcelona.
It took the Madridistas merely a couple of minutes to get a glimpse of just how their favorites would fare in their match against Sociedad. With Isco losing possession in midfield, Casemiro was forced to gift the opposition a penalty through a clumsy tackle. It was Willian José, one of Madrid transfer targets this summer, that stepped up and confidently placed the ball into the center of the goal, past the grasp of Thibaut Courtois.
Isco’s wasteful possession once again put his teammates at risk in the 60th minute. Lucas Vázquez scrambled to tackle and avoid a Sociedad counterattack, but his poor challenge meant a second yellow card and Real found themselves chasing the equalizer in ten men.
Benzema was largely ineffective through the evening, while Vinicius Jr. offered brief glimpses of his talent. Still, there was little Real had done to truly challenge Sociedad, before their less famous opposition struck their decisive blow. Willian, finding himself with plenty of space crossed the ball to Padro, who headed home from inside the box.
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With almost half of the season gone, Real Madrid find themselves still reeling from the departures of manager Zinedine Zidane and top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom left the club before the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign. Real are in fifth place, ten points behind leaders Barcelona. While it is a difference that is not insurmountable, the fact that Los Blancos are trailing the likes of Alaves and Sevilla will be viewed as a considerable indignity by the team’s fateful.
How Sociedad and Madrid’s player performed in FootballCoin
William Jose continues to carve out a name for himself in La Liga. The Spaniard was the Man of the Match, earning 23.5 points in FootballCoin, on Easy mode. David Zurutza was useful to his side, managing 10.5 points. Mikel Merino also contributed to Sociedad’s win and earned 11.65 points.
On the other hand, few would have expected the low number of points earned by Real’s players. Vinicius Junior was likely the sole reason for fans to spend a smile. The Brazilian earned 13.5 points. Isco’s performance earned him merely 3.15 points, stats telling of his poor form, with the majority of his teammates in a similar situation.
Next, Real Madrid’s players travel to Real Betis. Winning the three points will undoubtedly be no easy task. The match will be included in FootballCoin free La Liga contest that is set to get going in time for this weekend’s football action