A goal scored by Vinicius Junior in the 89th minute saw the Madrid draw against the Basques.
Real Madrid got scared but ended up snatching a 1-1 draw on Monday against Real Sociedad at the end of the 25th day of La Liga, six days before the derby of the Spanish capital against the leader Atlético Madrid (58 pts ).
While they remained on a good series of five consecutive successes, the Merengues marked time before a key moment of the season, on this magnificent recovery of the head of Cristian Portu who came to live in the top corner of Thibaut Courtois (55th )… But Vinicius, on a half-volley at the very end of the match, finally got the point of the draw (89th).
Tied with Barça
Zinédine Zidane’s men therefore remain stuck within five lengths of their neighbor and leader of the standings, Atlético Madrid (1st, 58 pts), who easily defeated Villarreal on Sunday (2-0) and who will be the next opponent of the ” White House »Sunday in La Liga (4:15 p.m.).
Real are therefore now level on points with Barça (2nd, 53 pts), winner in Seville on Saturday (2-0), while the Catalan club was shaken Monday morning by a search of its offices at Camp Nou and the arrest of its former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Faced with the powerlessness of his men, Zidane tried to upset his pattern after the opening goal of the Basques, with three changes in attack in the 61st minute … and the results were slow to be felt, with this goal the last minute of the young Brazilian striker.
The Marseille technician had recovered four players for this match against the attractive team of Real Sociedad (Fede Valverde, Rodrygo, Alvaro Odriozola and Marcelo), but the absences of the main executives were felt, fifteen days from an 8th of crucial return final in the Champions League against Atalanta (March 16).
Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard will be “the next to return” according to Zidane’s words on Sunday, and their return could do the greatest good for this ambitious but imprecise Real in the first period, borrowed thereafter, before the decisive derby against at the Colchoneros on Sunday.
Courtois misses a record
This draw also marks the end of Courtois’ invincibility: the Belgian goalkeeper had not conceded a goal since February 6 against Huesca, or 456 minutes (79 minutes from his record in the Madrid jersey).
Real Sociedad, it can feed regrets: the Basques were two minutes from leaving the capital with a prestigious success against Real. But this point is all the same encouraging, and reflects the solid defense deployed in the first period (in particular by the physique and the multiple rescues of the French central Robin Le Normand) and the opportunism in attack displayed in the second period.
A point that allows the Basques to move up to 5th place in the standings ahead of Betis Seville, six points from Seville FC (4th, 48 pts) and qualifying places for the Champions League.