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Real Madrid extend La Liga lead with win over Real Socieidad, Bayern take eventful Der Klassiker


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

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

“It’s a difficult place to reach and it’s a strong team,” said manager Carlo Ancelotti. “We played well and we earned the win after a strong overall performance.

“We have this lead at the top because we are playing well, we are showing that we are a strong team and getting that consistency in our results.”

After a good start to the season, Real Sociedad have now won once in their last five games and are fifth in the table.

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

Elsewhere in La Liga, Real Madrid rivals Atlético were beaten 2-1 by Mallorca, who came back from behind to win with two goals in the final 10 minutes.

Matheus Cunha scored the game’s first goal in the second half, but Mallorca retaliated with a Franco Russo header and a calm finish from Take Kubo.

Meanwhile, Xavi’s unbeaten departure as Barcelona coach ended in a 1-0 loss to Real Betis.

Barcelona had won two league games since Xavi’s arrival but Juanmi’s goal at the end of the second half means Real Betis move up to third in the table and Barcelona remain seventh.

Controversial Der Klassiker

In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in an eventful and controversial Der Klassiker to take a four-point lead at the top of the table.

Julian Brandt gave Dortmund an early lead, but his first game was quickly called off by Robert Lewandowski following pressure from Thomas Müller.

An entertaining first half then ended with Kingsley Coman giving Bayern the lead after Dortmund failed to clear the ball from the box.

However, the lead was shortlived as Erling Haaland equalized early in the second half with a brilliant, curling shot, and soon after Dortmund had a call for a penalty denied when Marco Reus was knocked down. by a challenge from Lucas Hernández.

Then 20 minutes later, Bayern received a penalty – which Lewandowski converted – after a handball decision against Mats Hummels.

Real Madrid extend La Liga lead with win over Real Socieidad, Bayern take eventful Der Klassiker

“We saw a great game, a real high level game,” said Dortmund manager Marco Rose, who received a red card after expressing his anger when the decisive penalty was imposed on his side.

“I think Mats Hummels’ handball, where he doesn’t even see the ball, is a questionable penalty. It’s a shame the game was decided like that. He deserved a different result.”

Dortmund’s Emre Can was also frustrated with the referees’ decisions, saying: “At the end of the day, a penalty decides the game. It’s a shame because we should have also had a penalty. In our situation, he no longer looks at the game. scene. I can’t understand that. “

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As Bayern and Real Madrid both extended their lead at the top of the table, Chelsea’s 3-2 loss to West Ham saw Thomas Tuchel’s side overtaken by Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League.

City took the lead after a 3-1 win over Watford, and Liverpool moved up to second after a late goal from Divock Origi secured a 1-0 win over Wolves.

It was a similar story in Serie A as Napoli’s 3-2 loss to Atalanta saw AC Milan take first place in the league with a 2-0 win over Salernitana, while Inter Milan came second with a 3-0 victory over Roma.

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