Real Madrid lose to Real Sociedad 3 – 4 and knocked out of the Copa del Rey as Swedish striker Alexander Isak inspired Real Sociedad to a thrilling win at the Bernabeu.
Alexander Isak scored twice and set up an assist for substitute Merino to end Madrid’s 21-games unbeaten run and confirm a spot in the semi-finals for Real Sociedad.
Zidane made 7 changes to the side that had beaten Atletico Madrid in the derby match at the weekend, with Ramos, Kroos, Valverde, and Benzema the only survivors.
Areola, Militao, Marcelo, Nacho, Rodriguez, Diaz, and Vinicius Jr. are those to come into the side; but were at fault when Real Madrid loanee Odegaard opened the scoring at 22’.
Vinicius Junior only Real Madrid’s most effective attacking Player; while Rodriguez and Valverde both tested Sociedad goalkeeper Remiro from long-range looking for an equalizer; before Ramos headed the crossbar and his effort have been ruled out for offside.
Real Sociedad could easily have been 2 to the good before the interval, as 20-year-old Isak wasted 2 good chances on the counter-attack.
Zidane’s response at half-time was to send Modric on in place of Rodriguez; but before he had had a chance to make an impact the hosts were very further behind as Alexander Isak slotted Madrid from Odegaard’s terrific pass; only for VAR to rule it out for offside.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Match Turning Point
The away side did not have to wait long though; as Swedish striker Alexander Isak scored twice in four minutes to stun the Bernabeu; first finding the net with an acrobatic volley from substitute Barrenetxea’s cross and then lashing a terrific finish high into the roof of Areola’s net from a tight angle.
Marcelo provided a quick response, drilling in off the bottom of the near-post with question marks (?) over Alex Remiro’s goalkeeping; but the 3 goal cushion restore when Alexander Isak turned to assist provider; steering across goal for Mikel Merino to add his name to the scoresheet at 69’.
Still, the drama was not done though, as Vinicius Junior had a header rule out by VAR for offside; only to set up substitute Rodrygo (81’) to make it 4-2 seconds later; and when Nacho headed into the corner in stoppage time it teed up a grandstand finale; but there was to be no late comeback as Madrid were beaten at home for the first time all season.
That was the first time under Zidane that Real Madrid has conceded 4 goals in a game. Marcelo admits it was difficult to come back from but that Madrid gave it they’re all in the second half..