Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad: 5 Talking Points
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 3 goals and an assist as Real Madrid thrash Real Sociedad at home and there's plenty to talk about
Scoreline: Real Madrid 5 - 2 Real Sociedad
Goalscorers: Lucas Vazquez 1' Cristiano Ronaldo 27' 37' 80' Toni Kroos 34' Jon Bautista 74' Asier Illaramendi 83'
Cristiano Ronaldo, who turned 33 last week, scored 3, assisted one and slapped senescence in the face as Madrid prepared themselves for the midweek clash against Paris Saint-Germain with a dominant performance.
Vazquez scored as early as the 1st minute from a Cristiano Ronaldo cross to get the show on the road. Cristiano Ronaldo then scored in the 27th and 37th minutes to provide cushion to Zizou's men. His goals were separated by a beauty of a strike from Toni Kroos from right outside the box in the 34th.
Sociedad showed signs of life in the second half and Bautista finished off a gilt-edged opportunity afforded to them by Madrid's complacency. 6 minutes later, Gareth Bale's shot was parried by Geronimo Rulli and was tapped into the net by Ronaldo who completed his first hattrick of the year and it could have hardly come at a better time for Los Blancos.
Asier Illaramendi slotted home against his former club in the 83rd minute and it turned out to be inconsequential as Madrid cruised to a much-needed home victory.
Here are the 5 talking points from the game:
#5 Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio provide much-needed width
Zidane rested Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Isco as he let his side warm-up for the high-profile Champions League midweek clash against PSG. The Madrid gaffer decided to deploy Vazquez and Asensio on the wings and it worked to great effect for them.
Vazquez and Asensio showcased their explosive pace and understanding of the game as Sociedad struggled to catch a break.
Lucas Vazquez took the lead for United in the very first minute and kicked on from there to assist Toni Kroos for his goal. The Spaniard was responsive to his team's needs and often pushed high up the pitch and didn't shy away from contributing defensively either.
Marco Asensio was involved in almost every single goal that Madrid scored on the night. He was a right handful to deal with as he motored down the left flank at great speeds and was often unselfish when opportunities presented themselves.
Asensio's interplay with Marcelo and Ronaldo are reassuring signs for Real Madrid and they will hope that the duo can produce quality of the same level on a more consistent basis.