Sports Real Madrid beaten 4-2 by Real Sociedad; Barcelona lucky to defeat Villarreal 1-0

Ancelotti.JPG Real Madrid with all their mega stars on parade ended up on the losing side with Real Sociedad inflicting them with a 4-2 defeat at the Anoeta stadium on Sunday.

Having raced to an early 2-0 lead,it looked like the game was headed only towards one direction,a Madrid victory.

But it didn't pan out that way with Sociedad stunning Carlo Ancellotti's team and cancelling out the goals to thump Real Madrid.

In a week that Madrid sanctioned the sales of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso,the Bernabeu outfit struggled to replace the industry both players bring to their team.

Cristaino Ronaldo equally missed the game through an injury,but they had enough quality in their team which should have been enough to get a result.

Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale opened the scores for Madrid,putting them 2-0 up just after eleven minutes,which looked like an arduous task for Sociedad to recover from.

Xabi Prieto flicked on a corner-kick with Inigo Martinez ghosting in to reduce the deficit,while David Zurutuza powered in a header from Alberto De la Bella's cross to draw Sociedad level five minutes before the break.

It was a surprise how they came back to equalise,but not surprisingly how they led in the second half.

Zurutuza stole in behind Dani Carvajal to head in Prieto's cross for their third goal.

The humiliation was complete when substitute Carlos Vela turned in a loose ball in the box ,to rifle in a fourth goal for Sociedad.

Madrid lacked options in attack,which explained the players they brought in when they were behind.

They can still bring in more players before the shut of the transfer window,but at the moment they have already lost a game in two matches of the new season.

Meanwhile Barcelona had to labour hard to secure all three points in their game against Villarreal.

Coach Luis Enrique's team had to dig deep to find a goal and they found it very late on in the game.

Lionel Messi showed great composure to cross a low ball through the keeper's legs and right in front of goal for substitute Sandro Ramirez to score for the Catalans in the 82nd minute.

After Munir El Haddadi's goalscoring debut for Barcelona last week,another debutant Ramirez scored just tweleve minutes after coming off bench.

Different tales of fortune for Madrid and Barcelona,who are the strong contenders for the La Liga title.