Feb 10, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance: 63,811
Real Madrid
5-2
Real Sociedad
Vazquez (1'), Ronaldo (27', 37', 80'), Kroos (34')
Carvajal (49'), Kovacic (90')
FT(HT: 4-0)
Bautista (74'), Illarramendi (83')
de la Bella (47')

Team News: Gareth Bale dropped to Real Madrid bench

Team News: Bale dropped to Madrid bench
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Gareth Bale drops to the bench for Real Madrid's home tie with Real Sociedad.

Gareth Bale has been relegated to the bench for Real Madrid's home tie with Real Sociedad in La Liga this evening.

Lucas Vazquez comes in for the Welshman alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in one of two changes following the side's 2-2 draw at relegation battlers Levante a week ago - a result that has left Los Blancos 19 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Marco Asensio is also in the starting lineup, with Casemiro joining Bale on the bench, alongside Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as manager Zinedine Zidane resists the temptation to rest too many key players despite facing a last-16 Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain next week.

The back four of Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, skipper Sergio Ramos and Marcelo are unchanged ahead of Keylor Navas between the posts.

As for the visitors, Eusebio Sacristan makes two changes following the 5-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna last time out, a result that ended a four-match losing streak in the league.

Willian Jose drops out of the matchday lineup and Igor Zubeldia falls to the bench as Sergio Canales and David Zurutuza join Xabi Prieto and Asier Illarramendi in the midfield.

Eusebio names Mikel Oyarzabal and Juanmi up front and fields an unchanged back four of Alvaro Odriozola, Aritz Elustondo, Raul Navas and Alberto de la Bella ahead of Geronimo Rulli in goal.

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Asensio, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Ronaldo
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Casemiro, Achraf, Isco, Kovacic

Real Sociedad: Rulli; Odriozola, Elustondo, Navas, De la Bella; Prieto, Canales, Zurutuza, Illarramendi; Oyarzabal, Juanmi
Subs: Ramirez, Llorente, Zubeldia, Agirretxe, Rodrigues, Bautista, Guridi

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona24195062115162
2Atletico MadridAtletico2416713692755
3Real Madrid25156462273551
4Valencia24144647281946
5Sevilla2412393135-439
6Villarreal2411583529638
7Celta Vigo25105104337635
8EibarEibar25105103238-635
9GironaGirona249783430434
10Getafe248972921833
11Real Betis24103114150-933
12Leganes2586112128-730
13Real Sociedad2485114645129
14Athletic Bilbao2461082427-328
15AlavesAlaves2591152237-1528
16Espanyol2561092232-1028
17Levante24311102138-1720
18Las PalmasLas Palmas2554161852-3419
19Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2546152453-2918
20Malaga2434171538-2313
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