The Asian Age

So­ciedad shock Real

Zu­ru­tuza scores twice to hand Madrid first de­feat of sea­son

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Madrid, Sept. 1: Real So­ciedad pro­duced a stun­ning fight­back from 2- 0 down to beat Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Real Madrid 42.

Mean­while, bit­ter ri­vals Barcelona made it two wins in as many games un­der Luis En­rique with a late win­ner at Vil­lar­real on Sun­day.

Madrid were with­out the in­jured Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, An­gel di Maria and Xabi Alonso, but still looked on course for a com­fort­able evening when they flew into a 2- 0 lead inside the open­ing min­utes thanks to goals from Ser­gio Ramos and Gareth Bale.

How­ever, Inigo Martinez and David Zu­ru­tuza lev­elled for the hosts be­fore the break and Zu­ru­tuza and Car­los Vela sealed a much- needed win for un­der- fire So­ciedad boss Jagoba Ar­rasate.

It was a hap­pier evening for Barca as they were 1- 0 vic­tors at Vil­lar­real thanks to 19- year- old San­dro Ramirez’s de­but goal eight min­utes from time. Barca com­pletely dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the open­ing 45 min­utes, but failed to cre­ate clearcut chances as Ser­gio Asenjo par­ried a drive from Pe­dro be­fore turn­ing a de­flected Messi free- kick onto the post.

 ?? — AFP ?? Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ( left) vies with Vil­lar­real’s Manuel Trigueros Munoz dur­ing their La Liga match at the Camp El Madri­gal Sta­dium in Vil­lar­real on Sun­day. Barcelona won 1- 0.
— AFP Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ( left) vies with Vil­lar­real’s Manuel Trigueros Munoz dur­ing their La Liga match at the Camp El Madri­gal Sta­dium in Vil­lar­real on Sun­day. Barcelona won 1- 0.

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