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Real Sociedad surprises European champion

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

MADRID - Real Sociedad produced a great fightback to beat European champions Real Madrid 4-2 as Barcelona made it two wins in as many games under Luis Enrique with a late winner at Villarreal yesterday.

Madrid were without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and departed 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 11 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.

Sociedad had lost their opening game at newly-promoted Eibar and been dumped out of the Europa League by Russian side FK Krasnodar in midweek and appeared down on their luck after another slow start.

It was a happier evening for Barcelona as they were 1-0 victors at Villarreal thanks to 19-year-old Sandro Ramirez's debut goal eight minutes from time.