Immediate reaction: Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid

Real Sociedad 0-1 real Madrid (Laughs). An important away victory. Here's the reaction from the championship game. Coming soon: player notes, press conference quotes and podcast.

I have just returned from a trip to Madrid during which I witnessed both real Madrid overcoming Barcelona and Real Sociedad's blockage against Getafe – it seemed fitting that they would now both face each other in their next matches. Before the semi-final confrontation against Bayern Munich Next week, Carlo Ancelotti decided to carry out a strong rotation to rest certain players and give others an opportunity. For Kepa Arrizabalaga, it could have been a start of thanks and goodbye – for others, like Joselu Mato, this outright departure will hopefully represent no such occasion. Arda Güler started his first league match for Los Blancos in midfield, joined by Dani Ceballos. Fede Valverde and Toni Kroos were among the substitutes. Sociedad, who I consider the fourth best team in Spain (with a top three coaching staff), were without several players against Getafe, and only Martín Zubimendi and Brais Méndez returned to the team for this one. Takefusa Kubo started the match for the home side after losing some of the momentum from their superb start to the season. Nacho Fernández was captain of the team.

Madrid are three wins away from the La Liga title, so the mood ahead of this match was mixed and that was certainly evident from the early stages. The heavy rain set the tone and the home side had the first decent chance of the match when a shot came from the edge of the area and flew over the bar. That would spark the action, with Real Madrid taking the lead two minutes later thanks to a fine strike from Arda Güler through the keeper's legs. Sociedad would have the ball in the net almost instantly after Takefusa Kubo beat Nacho Fernández well and head home. This goal was then rightly refused for a foul on Aurélien Tchouaméni during preparation. At halftime, Madrid managed to go into the break with a score of 1-0.

The second half started stronger as Real Sociedad almost scored within a minute, with Kepa Arrizabalaga adding to his good performance with a weak save. The chances would then dry up once again as Madrid tried to maintain their lead. The home side would once again have the ball in the net through Mikel Oyarzabal, but once again the goal would go off the board – this time due to an obvious offside. Oyarzabal would then miss a great opportunity after being played by Kubo. Sheraldo Becker would be next to fire just over the target as all the late chances seemed to fall for the other team. Despite this, Real Madrid finished the match with the advantage of the goal, confirming an important victory in La Liga and getting their hands on the trophy. Thoughts on the game?

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