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Real Madrid go top in La Liga with away win over Real Sociedad

Baku, June 22, AZERTAC

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga via head-to-head record on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad to go ahead of Barcelona, according to ESPN.

Vinicius Junior, who was handed a start by Zidane on the night, drew a foul in the penalty area early in the second half and Sergio Ramos stepped up to convert the spot kick to give Real the lead and become the highest scoring defender in La Liga history with 68 goals.

Karim Benzema doubled Real Madrid's lead in the 70th minute after settling a cross over the Sociedad defence, turning and firing home a goal that stood up following a VAR check for handball.

The hosts clawed one back just after the 80-minute mark when Mikel Merino found himself alone at the far post and buried his close-range attempt into the roof of the net to halve the deficit.

Sociedad fought hard to find an equaliser, but none came as Real held on to their 2-1 lead to take all three points.

Real Madrid have beaten Barcelona and drew their other match against them, so despite an inferior goal difference Zidane's team takes top spot in the table thanks to a better head-to-head record.

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