La Liga 2017/18: Real Sociedad 1-3 Real Madrid, 5 Talking Points
Real Madrid climbed to 4th place in the La Liga table with a hard-fought win away to the Anoeta, defeating Real Sociedad with a 3-1 scoreline.'
Borja Mayoral opened the scoring for the visitors in the 19th minute, before Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends to give Madrid a 2-1 lead going into the break. Gareth Bale made certain of all three points with a goal in the 61st minute.
Here are the major talking points from the game:
#1 The luck of champions
Zinedine Zidane's side have an unnerving quality about them - so much so that even though they had surrendered a 7 point lead to Barcelona ahead of the game, they are still considered favourites to lift the La Liga crown.
Perhaps they know that they have the luck of champions.
The outcome of this game, and indeed, maybe even the title race (Yes, I know it is September) might have hinged on a 15 second spell in the second half.
Had Kevin Rodrigues' shot been an inch lower, he would have had a brace and Real Madrid would have been staring at a defeat - coupled with all of their injury and suspension troubles, we could have witnessed a real panic start to set in.
As it turned out, Kevin's shot hit the crossbar and his reward for tracking back all the way was to turn Mayoral's cross into his own net.
Football, as ever, remains a game of inches.