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Real Sociedad remains in the wake of Barça after adding in Rayo Vallecano’s sports city its sixth consecutive victory at the beginning of the league. The three points not only allow the txuri urdin to co-lead the standings, but after yesterday’s defeat of Atletico against the culé set and Athletic’s draw against Sevilla their income over the third classified is already five points. Not bad at all.
Despite all these changes, the San Sebastian team entered the game well, warning after five minutes with a shot by Nerea Eizagirre that Larqué stopped. A combative Rayo responded with a cross from Patri Hidalgo that went over the crossbar after being poisoned, but the 0-0 score was immovable.
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They were 61 minutes, but of great quality and decisive influence on the game. After seven matches of absence due to injury, David Silva returned and he did it by putting on the pitch a good part of his repertoire and putting order and organization to a Real that found it hard to impose its hierarchy. The islander missed one of the two clear chances he had in the first half, both provided by Isak. After the break, he appeared in all areas of the field to give the game an outlet and encourage the pitch to tilt towards the home goal. Welcome back.
In his 100th game for Real, he once again showed all his power, even though a clash with Yeboah left him groggy. The striker made him extend his sphere of influence, but he was nullified in all coordinates.
As such he handled himself, again. Without licenses to Yeboah on the flank, he held well without fouling and did little in attack, but with danger. He stole the ball for the 0-1 cleanly even though a foul was called and made the goalkeeper show off with a shot. He took a risk with a little push in the area at the end.
Two minutes plus extra time separated Real from victory at Real Madrid. Beating Los Blancos is always synonymous with achievement. Tonight, perhaps not so much because of the nature of Zidane’s team, more vulgar than usual. In the 88th minute, a shot by Vinícius that was deflected by Zubeldia neutralized the goal that had been scored by Portu.
Real opted for the withdrawal in the first act. They wanted to force Real Madrid to have to come up with combinations to find the goal. As in the first round at Anoeta, back on the second day, when the txuri urdin version was the most defensive of the season. Practically until Valdebebas it had not been seen again.
Real managed to hold on to a goalless draw at halftime. And Real Madrid had five clear attempts to take the lead. In other words, Real achieved its goal halfway. They should have been happy to go to the stall for not losing, but they were not in trouble, nothing.
Real came in with more offensive vocation in the restart. Silva adjusted the magnet on his left boot to attract the ball with exquisite skill. Portu was gaining momentum and forces were equalized. It was the prelude to an anthological play.
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It was clear that yesterday’s match did not matter too much and that the priority is Monday’s match at Valdebebas against Real Madrid, too. Logical. Hence Imanol presented yesterday at Old Trafford a lineup in which, without throwing the game away, he combined regular starters like Isak, Oyarzabal, Merino, Remiro, Zubeldia or Gorosabel with players with less minutes like Sagnan, Aihen or Zubimendi.
The substitution of players such as Guridi, Merquelanz or Bautista was perhaps surprising, although the absence of the Azpeitian could make sense if we take into account that Merino, suspended, will not play on Monday and that Guridi appears as his more than likely replacement. That is why Imanol gave him 20 minutes so as not to expose him too much.
The irundarra played a little less and that may be a little more surprising if we take into account that he is not having too much prominence. What’s more, he didn’t even come on after the break as Portu did, another player who is likely to start on Monday, for Oyarzabal who, like Isak, only played 45 minutes, which allowed another player like Bautista to have the whole second half to vindicate himself in the absence of Carlos Fernandez.