Real Madrid blew a two goal lead at Anoeta, going down to a 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad in just their second league fixture of the season.
Los Blancos, without the missing Cristiano Ronaldo, built a healthy lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game in San Sebastian, but failed to deal with the aerial threat by La Real as the hosts completed a memorable comeback.
Sergio Ramos gave the visitors the lead early on, taking advantage of some slack marking to head his side infront. Bale, taking the star man role in the absence of Ronaldo, doubled Los Blancos’ lead shortly afterwards, skipping past Elustondo before slotting home at the near post.
It was all looking rosy for the 10-time European Cup winners, and indeed Karim Benzema, Ramos and Marcelo all had chances to put the game beyond any doubt.
But a failure to deal with crosses proved to be Real’s undoing. Ten minutes before the break, one time Madrid target Inigo Martinez rose highest to meet a corner and put his side back in the game.
With Anoeta starting to believe, Sociedad had Madrid on the back foot. Five minutes later, the home side was level, with David Zurutuza meeting Alberto de la Bella’s and sending a bullet of a header past Iker Casillas from 12 yards.
After the interval, Carlo Ancelotti’s side had more chances to move ahead once again. But they were to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Sociedad went up the other end just after the hour mark to take the lead. Sergio Canales and Prieto combined well and Zurutuza once again met a cross to grab his second of the game.
Things went from bad to worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as Carlos Vela turned it into a rout. The Mexican found time and space in the area while Los Blancos’ were appealing for handball, and hie calmly finished past Casillas.
Ancelotti may need to think about whether he needs reinforcements to help his side in front of goal and defender better too. If he decides that’s the case, he has just 24 hours to find those players.