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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Lucas Vázquez (61')
  • Willian José (3' PEN)
  • Rubén Pardo (83')

Lucas Vazquez sent off as Real Madrid lose at home to Real Sociedad

Real Madrid's nightmarish start to the new year continued on Sunday with a shock 2-0 home defeat by struggling Real Sociedad which left the European champions sitting outside the top four in La Liga.

Willian Jose put the Basques ahead in the third minute and after Madrid missed a series of clear chances, had two penalty appeals waved away and saw Lucas Vazquez sent off, midfielder Ruben Pardo sealed their fate with a headed goal in the 84th.

Many home fans flocked away early in dismay while others greeted the final whistle with deafening boos after Real Sociedad, in their first game under new coach Imanol Alguacil following Asier Garitano's sacking, won at the Bernabeu for the first time since 2004.

Madrid, who drew 2-2 with struggling Villarreal on Thursday, are fifth on 30 points after 18 games in the La Liga standings, seven adrift of leaders Barcelona who were in action against Getafe later on Sunday.

Real Sociedad climbed from 16th up to 11th.

Before kick-off, Madrid paraded the Club World Cup trophy they won last month for a third consecutive time but the celebratory mood was soon punctured when Real midfielder Casemiro was penalised for hauling down Mikel Merino in the box.

Jose Willian smashed his spot-kick down the middle of the goal beyond Thibaut Courtois and although Real rallied with a glut of chances throughout they somehow failed to find the net.

Karim Benzema missed a gilt-edged opportunity by firing wide of the far post with the goal gaping, while Vazquez struck the other post with what looked like an intended cross.

Real spurned a triple chance immediately after the interval as Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli thwarted Vinicius Jr. and Raphael Varane from close range, and their task was made all the harder when Vazquez was dismissed in the 61st minute for a second booking.

Argentine keeper Rulli later appeared to trip Brazilian teenager Vinicius in the area but no penalty was awarded, a decision which left the Bernabeu faithful incensed after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had an earlier penalty shout turned down.

"Everything went against us today, we had a terrible start, a very unfortunate play in the opening minutes and every error at this level is punished dearly," said Real coach Santiago Solari after his second league loss since succeeding Julen Lopetegui at the end of October.

"We did everything to turn it around, we had a lot of chances none of them went in and in football it's the goals that count. We also had a penalty appeal which no-one can understand why it wasn't given.

"I give the benefit of the doubt to the referee for the first incident, but the second one is a penalty every day of the week."

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 33 +51 77
2 Atletico Madrid 33 +27 68
3 Real Madrid 32 +18 61
4 Sevilla FC 32 +15 52
5 Getafe 32 +11 51
6 Valencia 32 +9 49
7 Athletic Bilbao 32 -1 46
8 Alavés 33 -7 46
9 Real Betis 32 -5 43
10 Real Sociedad 33 -2 41
11 Leganes 32 -4 41
12 Espanyol 32 -9 41
13 Eibar 33 -3 40
14 Celta Vigo 33 -9 35
15 Girona 33 -12 34
16 Villarreal 32 -5 33
17 Levante 32 -14 33
18 Real Valladolid 33 -19 32
19 Rayo Vallecano 33 -21 28
20 Huesca 33 -20 26