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Real Madrid extends La Liga lead with victory against Real Soceidad, Bayern Munich wins eventful Der Klassiker

Real Madrid moved eight points clear at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 victory against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring in the second half when he interchanged passes with Luka Jovic, before Jovic got the second 10 minutes later with a header from a corner.

It was Real Madrid’s 12th win in the league so far this season, opening up a commanding lead at the top of La Liga, and the team’s eighth in a row at the Reale Arena.

“This is a tough place to come to and they’re a strong side,” said manager Carlo Ancelotti. “We played well and deserved the win after what was a strong all-round performance.

“We’ve got that lead at the top because we’re playing well, are showing ourselves to be a solid side and are getting that consistency in our results.”

After a flying start to the season, Real Sociedad has now won once in its past five games and is fifth in the table.

The only disappointment for Real Madrid was seeing striker Karim Benzema forced off with an injury in the first half. Ancelotti later said that Benzema is unlikely to be available for the Champions League game against Inter Milan on Tuesday, but could be able to play next weekend.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Real Madrid’s rival Atlético was beaten 2-1 by Mallorca, which came from behind to win with two goals in the last 10 minutes.

Matheus Cunha bundled in the game’s opening goal in the second half, but Mallorca hit back through a header from Franco Russo and a calm finish from Take Kubo.

Meanwhile, Xavi’s unbeaten start as Barcelona coach came to an end with a 1-0 loss against Real Betis.

Barcelona had won two league games since Xavi’s arrival, but Juanmi’s goal late in the second half means Real Betis moves up to third in the table and Barcelona remains seventh.


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