Real Sociedad Stun Barcelona as Real Madrid’s Run Comes to an End

David Moyes Praises Defending as Real Sociedad Defeat Barcelona and Real Madrid’s 22 Match Winning Streak Ends at Valencia. Find out more by checking out our latest La Liga roundup below…

La Liga Round-Up Sat 3rd /Sun 4th January

The weekend saw La Liga return to action after the winter break and there were plenty of talking points with Real Madrid finally losing grip on their record breaking winning streak, the return of Fernando Torres and Barcelona falling victim to a defensive masterclass from ‘The Chosen One’.

It was a second minute own goal from Ramos Jordi Alba that proved the difference as Barcelona were defeated 1-0 at Real Sociedad. Sociedad’s performance was in many ways a textbook Moyesian display – a well prepared exhibition of defensive discipline, breaking down the play at every opportunity to withstand the attacking prowess of Barcelona. Luis Enrique did seem to field a slightly weakened side with Messi and Neymar left on the bench for the first half of the game, however with as much as 70% possession and 8 corner kicks the catalan side failed to convert their chances handing an impressive victory to Sociedad.

Early Lead for Real…

Real Madrid initially took the lead against Valencia after Christiano Ronaldo converted a penalty conceded by Alvaro Negredo’s handball. This took his goal tally to twenty-six for the season. However, Valencia fought back to gallant 2-1 victory and made a serious stake for their place in Champions League football next season. This was the end of what has been a record breaking run of form from Real who who have not lost or drawn a game since their 2-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in September who coincidentally they will face in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday. Aside from this being a local derby and and a cup game there will be even more added excitement as it may well see the return of Atletico’s former captain and once prodigal-son Fernando Torres who has returned to the club on a loan spell from AC Milan. Torres watched his side from the stands on Saturday and after a rapturous welcome from the Vincente Calderon witnessed a convincing 3-1 victory over Levante. 

Across La Liga…

Elsewhere in La Liga Deportivo beat Athletic 1-0, Sevilla beat Celta Vigo 1-0 and after three losses on the bounce Rayo Valencano rediscovered their winning ways with a 2-1 win over Getafe – despite a stunning 25 yard effort from Vasquruez initially putting the away side ahead. At The Power8 stadium Elbar beat Espanyol 2-1 whilst Elche held Villareal to a 2-2 draw. Malaga lost at home 1-2 to Almeria. 

Cordoba face Granada on Monday night.

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