Real Madrid rout Real Sociedad 4-1 before PSG decider

AP , Sunday 6 Mar 2022

Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga struck scorching goals from outside the area to lead Real Madrid from behind to beat Real Sociedad 4-1 and increase its lead of the Spanish league on Saturday.

Luka Modric
Real Madrid s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) celebrates with Real Madrid s Austrian defender David Alaba after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 5, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

After his midfielders scored just before halftime to overturn an early spot kick by Mikel Oyarzabal, Karim Benzema added a second-half penalty to put the result beyond doubt and take his league-leading goal tally to 20. Marco Asensio then finished off the demoralized visitors.

Madrid will prepare for Wednesday's critical game against Paris Saint-Germain with the French powerhouse holding a 1-0 advantage going into the return leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

The comeback over Sociedad lifted Madrid eight points clear of second-placed Sevilla, which a day before was held to a scoreless draw at Alaves.

Before kickoff, both teams posed with shirts and large signs reading ``Everyone for Ukraine'' in Spanish to protest Russia's invasion of its neighbor. Madrid's backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, who is Ukrainian, was among the players. Fans at the Santiago Bernabeu also held up large cards with either the yellow or blue colors of the Ukrainian flag.

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