Madrid title hopes hanging by thread after shock loss to Real Sociedad

Real Madrid slip 10 points behind Barcelona after shock defeat by Real Sociedad

Real Madrid slip 10 points behind Barcelona after shock defeat by Real Sociedad

Jose Willian smashed his spot-kick down the middle of the goal beyond Thibaut Courtois and although Real rallied with a glut of chances throughout they somehow failed to find the net.

"We can't be crying for someone who didn't want to be here" said Isco in October, but whether Ronaldo saw his long-term future at Real or not, during each 90-minute stint he was the leader Real are sorely missing.

The Spanish giants now have Santiago Solari in charge after Julen Lopetegui was sacked in October, but the team are struggling, sitting fifth in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Santiago Solari or Imanol Alguacil?

Referee Sanchez Martinez used VAR for the first ever time in a Clasico after he thought there was no foul by Raphael Varane on Luis Suarez, but he was asked to check by those at Las Rozas; he looked at the pictures and awarded a penalty, which Barcelona scored from.

DF Sergio Reguilon, N/R - Youth-team graduate replaced Marcelo late on, in stark contrast to just a few years ago when then-coach Zinedine Zidane often sent on worldwide stars like James Rodriguez or Alvaro Morata to successfully turn around games like this.

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Casemiro tried to cover but bundled Merino to the ground. He has played just one of the last seven games as a starter.

Los Blancos midfielder Luka Modric revealed that he had been told by Melero Lopez, the referee in charge of VAR, that it was not a penalty, while Munuera Montero, the referee on the pitch, claimed not to have seen it.

La Real could have sealed it too as Oyarzabal fired over from close range and the weaving Januzaj twice went close.

"Lucas Vazquez's sending-off was very harsh". A rash sliding challenge had earned him a yellow card towards the end of the first half and even if the clip at Merino's heels seemed harmless, he was foolish to take the risk.

"We did everything to turn it around, we had a lot of chances none of them went in and in football it's the goals that count". Wissam Ben Yedder had put Sevilla ahead.

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