Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad - Football Match Report

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Los Blancos are coming off a 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad last weekend in La Liga action, and now the team hosts Leganes in the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg.

Madrid last won the Copa del Rey in 2014 but as they are 10 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and outside of the Champions League places, the competition is looking like being their best shot at salvaging their season with some silverware.

Defeat made Griezmann's superb free-kick seem all the more valuable as the Frenchman's fifth goal in as many games earned Atletico a point away to Sevilla.

The loss led to inevitable questions over the future of manager Santiago Solari, but he received the backing of Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric, who said that it was up to the players to improve their performances - and to stop conceding early goals.

Willian Jose provided a fine assist for Ruben Pardo to score the winning goal for Real Sociedad in the 83rd minute for them to win the match 2-0.

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Ramos called the Vinicius case "scandalous", adding: "I've always supported VAR, but this leaves you with your head in your hands".

"We're motivated and fighting for a La Liga title that'll be tough and it's made all the more hard when things like this happen. There are players not performing at their best, me first among them". "It's a hard moment for the club but these things have to unite us more".

"For my one, Illarramendi pushed me but he did a good job to convince the official that it was (not) the case, but the Vinicius one is a different incident and much clearer".

Although goals have reappeared in the Solari era after the second longest drought in club history under his predecessor Julen Lopetegui, Madrid lack menace in attack.

His touches and speed helped him in quickly turning away from his marker and he showed no fear whilst going for the ball. "Solari has our confidence and we won't be looking for excuses with him or blame him".

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