Sociedad end Real's Copa journey


Real Madrid bowed out of the Copa Del Rey after succumbing to a 4-3 defeat to Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday evening.

Real set out with seven changes from Saturday’s win over Atletico Madrid, as Alphonse Areola, Marcelo, Eder Militao, Nacho, James Rodriguez, Mariano Diaz and Vinicius Junior started.

Martin Odegaard came back to haunt his parent club when he gave Sociedad the lead at the midway mark after reacting sharply to Areola’s handling error for a first-time finish.

Desperate defending from Militao moments later denied the visitors a second, whilst Karim Benzema threatened to bring his side level at the other end.

Odegaard should’ve had a second seven minutes to halftime, but hesitancy after being played through by Adnan Januzaj allowed Madrid to clear their lines.

However, Sociedad doubled their lead in the 54th minute after Alexander Isak combined with Barrenetxea’s cross to volley into the left-hand corner.

Isak had a second goal two minutes later after finishing off a cross that kindly deflected into his path inside the six-yard area.

Los Blancos reduced the deficit three minutes later when Diaz picked out Marcelo, who applied a near post finish from point-blank range.

A late run into the area from Mikel Merino gave the visitors a fourth goal after the former finished off a cut-back from Isak with just over 20 minutes remaining in the half.

Madrid grabbed a second towards the final ten minutes after Vinicius connected with Nacho to head beyond Remiro, but the Video Assistant Referee disallowed the strike for offside.

There was to be a second goal from Madrid though as Rodrygo fed off a ball from Vinicius before slotting into an unguarded net 81 minutes gone.

Sociedad remained under threat, as Madrid netted a third in added time through Nacho who finished off a looping ball from Benzema.

The visitors finished the encounter with a man down minutes later after Andoni Gorosabel got a second yellow, but Sociedad reigned victors nonetheless.