An 89th-minute Vinicius Jr equaliser earned Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Monday night, leaving them five points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of the weekend’s derby.
Los Blancos had more of the ball and dominated the goalscoring opportunities in the first period, racking up 12 attempts before half-time. The closest they got to breaking the deadlock was after 22 minutes, when a clipped Lucas Vazquez cross could only be headed onto the bar by Mariano, before Marco Asensio’s effort on the rebound was blocked on the line by Robin Le Normand.
An attacking tweak in Real Madrid’s formation at the interval afforded their visitor’s much more space and time on the ball and, on 55 minutes, they made the most of it. A breakaway move led to Nacho Monreal crossing fantastically for Portu to head into the top corner via the underside of the bar.
Zidane’s men controlled the game from then and pressed for an equaliser throughout the second half, eventually getting their reward in the 89th minute when substitute Vinicius Jr lashed home from another quality cross from Vazquez. That last-gasp effort earned Los Blancos a draw which keeps them in third place, level on points with Barcelona.
Now, let’s get to the Real Madrid player ratings…