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Real Madrid helpless against Real Sociedad

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 21, 2020

For their first official outing as Spanish champions, Real Madrid could not do better than a draw. Traveling to San Sebastian, the Merengue have indeed brought a point (0-0) this Sunday evening. Absent from the field since August 7, and their defeat against Manchester City in the Champions League, Zinédine Zidane’s players dominated this meeting but failed to realize their opportunities. After a too crushed shot from Karim Benzema (14th) and the lack of precision of Vinicius Jr (16th and 26th), Sergio Ramos saw Aihen Munoz counter his attempt following a corner (36th). Before the break, while the French striker Real could not put his front (38th and 40th), Alexander Isak gave the reigning champions a cold sweat. In one minute, the Swede saw Thibaut Courtois push back his attempt and then his coiled shot miss the frame of the Belgian goalkeeper (43rd). The score was therefore logically zero and goalless at half-time.

Without madness, Real is still looking for itself

Upon returning from the locker room, the Basques continued to push and Ander Barrenetxea, well shifted by Mikel Oyarzabal, saw his shot flee the frame (47th). After his few fears, Real Madrid put their foot on the accelerator, but Dani Carvajal (56th) and Benzema (52nd and 62nd) couldn’t do it against Alejandro Remiro, Real Sociedad goalkeeper, who pulled out all the stops this Sunday evening. Subsequently, the entry of David Silva (63rd) did not change much, despite a good opportunity for him at the end of the match, but Raphaël Varane was vigilant (88th). In the end, if the Merengue dominated and had possession, he missed something offensively to hope for better. Still deprived of Eden Hazard, Zidane will have to find what to do before a trip to Betis Sevilla next weekend. In the meantime, Ferland Mendy’s teammates, holder but not to his advantage and close to expulsion this Sunday, are for the moment 10th.

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