Real Madrid has been dumped out of the Copa Del Rey after losing 3-4 at home to Real Sociedad.
It should have been a formality for Madrid. Zinedine Zidane had them back to their best. Sitting pretty at the top of La Liga, a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey against Real Sociedad was a sinch.
Perhaps Zizou underestimated his opponent. Fielding a side that saw Thibaut Courtois, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Isco all taking a place on the bench.
It took the visitors only 22 minutes to take the lead. It was from none other than Real’s loanee to Sociedad Odegaard.
The Norwegian did not celebrate against his parent club as he capitalized on an Areola error in the Madrid goal.
Goal number two of the seven-goal thriller saw Sociedad double their lead.
Some woeful defending in the 54th minute, capped off with an exquisite overhead scissor kick from Isak made it 0-2.
Los Blancos were on the rack, only two minutes later in the 56th minute it was 0-3 and Isak was celebrating his brace and seventh goal in the Copa Del Rey this season.
The ball all be it a little fortuitously deflect into his path. But he makes no mistake and slams the ball home.
The shock seemed to jump-start Zidane’s side.
Only three minutes later they pulled one back through Marcelo. A neat pass from Diaz and Marcelo thumped it into the back of the net.
It was game on with about half an hour to play.
Real started to apply relentless pressure, but it all came apart once more in the 69th minute.
This time Isak turned provider, with a fantastic cutback, which was perfect for Merino. He struck the ball sweetly the first time, and all Areola could do was pitifully parry the shot into the net.
1-4 to Sociedad and 21 minutes to play, surely it was all over.
Zidane made some substitutions and Rodrygo for Diaz had an almost instantaneous impact.
Less than five minutes after coming on, Rodrygo got on the end of a Vinicius Junior pass to reduce the deficit to two.
Real threw everything but the kitchen sink at Sociedad, and grabbed another in the 93rd minute. This time Benzema was the provider, and Nacho headed home.
It was all too little too late for Real Madrid, as Real Sociedad hung on to cause the upset of the Copa Del Rey.