Real Sociedad - Liga - 6 January 2019

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Antoine Griezmann's stunning free-kick earned Atletico a point at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. There are reasons we are playing badly and we must look for them.

Ruben Pardo wrapped up a brilliant victory for La Real, who had won this fixture only once in their last 22 attempts. This was their first victory at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2004.

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.

The 2-0 loss to Sociedad plunged Madrid further into crisis after they could only draw 2-2 with Villarreal on Thursday. We're going through a bad spell.

Vazquez was shown a second yellow card with Madrid trailing 1-0 in the second half before Vinicius went to ground after seeming to beat Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to the ball.

A stoney-faced Florentino Perez was among the 53,412 watching on, the club's second lowest attendance of the season.

Asked about Madrid's crisis, Valverde said: "They're still there, mathematics does not rule them out and we have to be prudent".

"The one on Vinicius is scandalous", Sergio Ramos complained at full-time.

The 18-year-old Brazilian was Real's stand-out performer against La Real, his direct running and pace causing the visiting back line problems and nearly leading to a penalty with the score at 0-1, a spot-kick that was controversially denied by the referee and not referred to VAR.

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MF Toni Kroos, 5 - Outplayed by ex-Newcastle midfielder Merino when in his usual creative midfield role, then overrun when moved to the holding position after Casemiro was substituted.

"We're motivated and fighting for a La Liga title that'll be tough and it's made all the more hard when things like this happen".

MF Luka Modric, 6 - Decent 20-yarder tested Rulli midway through the first half, but he wasn't able to lift his team out of their collective slumber. Ramos wanted a penalty for a push in his back but the appeal was desperate.

The second period was frantic, with chances at both ends.

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

Even Vinicius Jr. and Lucas Vazquez are being picked ahead of him now.

Isco's situation at Real Madrid is more unsustainable all the time.

It came in the third minute of injury time.

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