Real Madrid 3-4 Real Sociedad: Odegaard and Isak shine to leave Bernabeu stunned

Real Sociedad knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey as Alexander Isak netted a quickfire brace after Martin Odegaard was on target.

Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak   -  Getty Images

Martin Odegaard gave his parent club a telling reminder of his talents as Real Sociedad stunned Real Madrid with a 4-3 victory in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal.

The 21-year-old playmaker opened the scoring midway through the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, assisted by a dreadful goalkeeping error from Alphonse Areola.

That was Odegaard's sixth goal in the first season of a planned two-campaign loan stint in San Sebastian and Sociedad striker Alexander Isak then took centre stage with two goals in as many second-half minutes.

Mikel Merino made it 4-1 after Marcelo pulled one back for Madrid, and Sociedad held out to hand Zinedine Zidane's shuffled line-up a first defeat in 22 matches, despite goals from Rodrygo Goes and Nacho and a red card for Andoni Gorosabel in a riotous finale.

Areola erred terribly to reward an enterprising start from Sociedad, pushing Isak's strike into Odegaard's path before allowing the midfielder's first-time follow-up to slide embarrassingly through his legs.

James Rodriguez's snapshot from the edge of the box drew a fine stop from Alex Remiro low to his right, with the Real Sociedad goalkeeper denying Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde in quick succession before Sergio Ramos planted a 39th-minute header against the crossbar from an offside position.

 

Isak's wayward finishing had threatened to undermine Sociedad's fine work during the first half and he had a 49th-minute effort chalked off when a VAR review showed him to be offside on the end of Odegaard's throughball.

But the Sweden forward swivelled to superbly volley a chipped cross from Ander Barrenetxea – on as a half-time replacement for Adnan Januzaj – into the top left corner.

Isak then made further mockery of his earlier wastefulness by thundering an unstoppable shot high beyond Areola from Nacho's mishit clearance.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Remiro's earlier sureness deserted him as Marcelo fired through his grasp at the near post, handing Madrid a 59th-minute lifeline.

More slapdash defending sealed its fate, however, with Merino the unlikely and unmarked beneficiary when Isak turned provider.

Madrid almost dug itself out of a hole of its own making, with Vinicius cutting back for Rodrygo to slam in after having a header of his own disallowed for offside.

Nacho's stoppage-time header and Gorosabel's second yellow card, for a foul on Vinicius, meant Sociedad stumbled over the line in a manner at odds with its earlier brilliance.


What does it mean? Zidane's miserly Madrid show rarely seen weakness

Zidane's Real Madrid might sometimes lack fluent creativity going forward, but it is generally a tough nut to crack. Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane were absent from the first-choice back four here, but Los Blancos conceding as many in 69 minutes as it had in its previous 11 matches was an unforeseen development that Barcelona and forthcoming Champions League opponent Manchester City will have watched with interest.

Alexander the great

The narrative was set up deliciously for Odegaard and the youngster gleefully recited his telling lines, although Isak proved the star turn by continuing his love affair with this competition. The 20-year-old now has seven goals in five Copa del Rey outings this term.

Areola the main offender as supporting cast come up short

James was hooked at half-time and Brahim Diaz found himself consigned to the margins. Nevertheless, none of Zidane's understudies blotted their copybook in the manner of Areola. A couple of wretched early clearances from the France international set the tone for a fitful Madrid start and he will quickly want to forget his part in Sociedad's opener.

What's next?

La Liga Leader Madrid will aim for a fifth successive victory when it travels to Osasuna on Sunday, while Real Sociedad welcomes Basque rival Athletic Bilbao to the Anoeta.

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