Gareth Bale seals Real Madrid victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga

After successive league draws Real Madrid returned to winning ways after beating Real Sociedad 3-1 in La Liga on Sunday evening

Real Madrid recorded a convincing 3-1 win at Real Sociedad, with Gareth Bale capping the victory with a fine second-half finish. The victory hauls Zinedine Zidanes side back closer to La Liga leaders, Barcelona, who made it four straight league victories this season after winning 2-1 at Getafe on Saturday.

Madrid faced a tricky clash against an in-form side with Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo suspended and Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos injured but after disappointing consecutive league draws they made light work of Eusebio Sacristans men.

Defeat for Sociedad ended their unbeaten start to the campaign, after winning their opening three matches.

The exciting 20-year-old, Borja Mayoral, opened the scoring before Kvin Rodrigues pulled the hosts level in San Sebastin. But Real regained the lead when Rodrigues, the Sociedad defender, put the ball past his own goalkeeper after trying to block Mayorals cross from the right, before Bale completed the win, lifting the ball over Gernimo Rulli after sprinting on to Iscos long ball downfield. Madrids Marco Asensio had a goal disallowed late on but by then they had wrapped up the three points.

Im very happy for Borja Mayoral and Bale; they needed that, Dani Carvajal, the Real Madrid defender, told Movistar. We have a big squad and Mayoral is capable of playing and performing at the highest level, as he showed in this game.

Madrid have scored in every game since beating Sociedad 1-0 in April 2016 at Anoeta.

You have to congratulate the players, said Zidane, who took over at Madrid in January 2016. Its the players who are the protagonists. Theyre the ones that run; theyre the ones that fight. Its 73 games but today the most important thing was to win.

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