MX23RW : Friday, December 14 22:25:20
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')
FT(HT: 4-0)
Bautista (74'), Illarramendi (83')

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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8GironaGirona155641717021
9Getafe155641612421
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11Espanyol156361720-321
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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