Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric scored impressive long-range goals in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Real Sociedad, taking them eight points clear of the League Cup.
An early penalty from Mikel Oyarzabal put the sixth seeded Basque ahead at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, but Real Madrid struggled to stay on course for the title.
Two brilliant goals from Camavinga and Modric, three minutes behind in the first half, gave Carlo Ancelotti’s team the advantage.
Karim Benzema scored from the penalty spot after two goals were ruled out and Marco Asensio scored the fourth to end Los Blancos’ impressive streak.
Oyarzabal put La Real 10 minutes ahead and kicked into the bottom right corner after Dani Carvajal tackled David Silva.
The leaders turned up the pressure after that early setback and tied the game four minutes before halftime when Camavinga missed a left foot from 100 yards and Alex Remiro didn’t give Remiro a chance with his thunderous shot.
Benzema’s goal was then ruled out for offside, but Modrić put Real Madrid ahead with a superb left-footed attack into the far corner, creating space with his quick feet.
Los Blancos picked up where they left off after the break.
Another goal by Benzema was disallowed for offside, but he scored from the penalty spot after a VAR check showed Vinicius Junior had brought down Aritza Elustondo in the area.
The icing on the cake was Asensio, who stopped the ball in its path after a Carvajal marauder threw La Reya aside.
What this means? Madrid makes a big statement
Madrid seemed to defend every inch as they split Real Sociedad.
Ancelotti’s men conceded the first goal in five La Liga games but returned to style after falling behind, giving Imanol Alguacil’s men all sorts of problems the day after second-placed Sevilla after a draw and virgin with Deportivo Alaves.
Real Madrid are now seven games undefeated in La Liga and will be taking a break.
Other milestones for the brilliant Benzema
Benzema returned to lead the line superbly and finally scored a well-deserved goal. Skipper became only the seventh player to score 20 goals in four consecutive La Liga seasons as he returned home from 12 yards.
The French forward is also the third player to have 100 assists in La Liga in the 21st century – along with Lionel Messi and Dani Alves – after switching to Modric before Real Madrid took the lead.
It was another midfield masterclass for Modric, pulling the strings in midfield.
The Croatian ace made two important passes, set the tone and raised the roof with a great end to the first half.
Real Madrid will have to fire again as they try to complete a 1-0 Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. Real Sociedad will lick their wounds this Sunday before their home game against Deportivo Alaves.