Lukas Modric and Benzema keep madrid in shape at the Bernabeu,as Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1 to level up up with Barcelona in the La Liga league table.

Zinedine Zidane’s side made the worst possible start to their bid to keep up with their rivals when Jose intercepted Sergio Ramos’ weak back pass and rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

But Karim Benzema’s goal before half-time – his fifth in three games for Real – was followed by Valverde’s deflected shot and Modric’s well-taken finish as the hosts dominated after the interval.

Bale’s name was jeered by supporters when the team was announced before kick-off and he received a similar response when introduced from the bench after 67 minutes for his first Real appearance since 5 October.

The Wales forward received heavy criticism in the Spanish media after posing with the contentious flag as his country secured qualification for Euro 2020 on Tuesday.

Manager Zidane insisted there was no need to discuss the incident further and by full-time Bale appeared to have earned back some support – receiving applause for the part he played in Modric’s third and also for his defensive efforts as Real closed out the game.

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