Vinicius & Jovic send Real 8 points clear


Real Madrid opened an eight-point gap at the top of LaLiga with a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday evening.

Two changes from Carlo Ancelotti saw Dani Carvajal and Rodrygo return for Madrid from their win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday evening.

Veteran forward Karim Benzema, who have been in a rich vein of form this season for club and country, was substituted 17 minutes in for a hamstring pull and had Luka Jovic replacing him.

Sociedad were inches close to the lead seconds from the midway stage after a quick counter-attack watched Adnan Januzajs’ one-two with Alexander Isak saw the latter go wide from the near post.

Ancelotti’s men managed to finish the half the strongest though with Toni Kroos from a shortly taken free-kick before Rodrygo’s speculative attempt from an acute angle put Alex Remiro to work.

Madrid were out flying in the second period and inevitably bagged the front-foot when Vinicius Junior cleverly executed a ball into space from Jovic past Remiro after holding off a few challenges.

Jovic reversed roles with 12 minutes gone in the second half when he attacked a knockdown from Carlos Casemiro following a corner-kick to head past a diving Remiro.

Sociedad looked for a quick reply thereafter however Los Blancos weathered the storm whilst enjoying the majority of play from a defensive and attacking point of view.

The travelling brigade had a chance to snatch a third goal in the closing minutes from a one-on-one by Vinicius, but a stern point-blank save from Remiro denied the Brazilian international as the encounter finished 2-0 in favour of the visitors.

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FC Barcelona lost for the first time under Xavi Hernandez after going down 1-0 to Real Betis in LaLiga on Saturday evening.

Sergino Dest, Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet and Philippe Coutinho started from Barca’s victory out at the El Madrigal against Villarreal last weekend.

Barcelona were all out for the opener in the first few minutes, as Coutinho flicked in a cross into the area from Alba only for Rui Silva to smother the attempt.

The Catalans conceded a chance too near the half-hour mark when Sergio Canales’ ball to Juanmi saw him round Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to go clear only to find the side-netting from a tight angle.

Manager Xavi Hernandez was called to make a substitution nine minutes before halftime, with Gavi stretchered off the field and Riqui Puig introduced in his place.

With the second half underway, Betis had the ball in the net after Ruibal curled a cross to Juanmi who managed to hit home a first-time effort with Ter Stegen nowhere to be seen but the flag went up.

Barcelona weren’t down nor affected by the visitors momentum but managed to carve a chance of their own minutes later when Ousmane Dembele fired a shot from the left narrowly wide.

The Frenchman saw another chance go off target in the closing minutes after he cut inside following good foot-work to curl wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy.

Betis grabbed the opener and subsequent winner with ten minutes to go when from an unmarked position Juanmi finished off a swift counter-attack led by Cristian Tello.

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