Real rescue a point with late goal

LaLiga

Real Madrid struck late in the second half to secure a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad in LaLiga action on Monday evening.

Mariano Diaz started from the win over Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League ahead of Vinicius Junior, while Sociedad recalled veteran midfielder David Silva.

Sociedad troubled the host in the opening exchanges through an intelligent run towards the near side of the area by Alexander Isak, but his quest to goal was staved off by Carlos Casemiro.

However, it was Madrid that went the closest in the midway point when a header from Mariano struck the crossbar before Marco Asensio dragged the rebound wide.

The chances didn’t end there for Los Blancos as a looping header from Raphael Varane from a corner-kick a little later forced goalkeeper Alex Remiro to tip onto the top of the net.

Sociedad struggled to come out of their shell in the closing minutes to halftime after Luka Modric worked angle from a promising position to bring Remiro to a smart save with a powerful shot.

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A renewed start to the second half saw the visitors go in front 55 minutes in through a flying header from the far post by Portu after a meeting a cross from out wide.

Madrid turned to the bench five minutes later and introduced a triple change in Vinicius, Hugo Duro and Rodrygo in pursuit of staging a comeback.

It nearly came soon thereafter from a curling free-kick to the far post by Toni Kroos, but Casemiro though failed to make the supply count.

Los Blancos continued to probe and found their just rewards two minutes from time when Vinicius directed a low cross from the right past Remiro to in-turn force a share of the spoils.

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