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Real Madrid extend La Liga lead with victory over Real Soceidad, Bayern Munich win exciting Der Klassiker match

By George Ramsay, CNN

Real Madrid are eight points clear of the top spot in La Liga after a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Vinicius Jr opened the scoring in the second half when he switched places for Luka Jovic, before Jovic scored his second 10 minutes later with a header from a corner.

It was Real Madrid’s 12th win of the season so far, opening the top spot in the La Liga table and the team’s eighth straight game at the Reale Arena.

“This is a difficult place to come to and they are a strong team,” said coach Carlo Ancelotti. “We played well and deserved to win after a strong performance in the whole group stage.

“We’ve got the lead because we’re playing well, we’re showing ourselves as a solid team and we’re getting consistent in our results.”

After a bad start to the season, Real Sociedad has now won 1 in the past 5 matches and is 5th in the standings.

The only disappointment for Real Madrid was that striker Karim Benzema was forced off the field with an injury in the first half. Ancelotti then said that Benzema was unlikely to feature against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, but could be on the field next weekend.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Real Madrid’s rivals Atlético were beaten 2-1 by Mallorca, who were behind to win with two goals in the last 10 minutes.

Matheus Cunha opened the scoring in the second half, but Mallorca headed back with a Franco Russo header and a calm finish from Take Kubo.

Meanwhile, Xavi’s unbeaten streak as Barcelona coach ended with a 0-1 loss to Real Betis.

Barcelona have won two league games since Xavi’s arrival, but Juanmi’s goal late in the second half meant Real Betis rose to third in the table and Barcelona remained seventh.

Der Klassiker is controversial

In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in an eventful and controversial Der Klassiker match to move to the top of the table by four points.

Julian Brandt gave Dortmund the lead, but his opening goal was quickly canceled out by Robert Lewandowski following pressure from Thomas Müller.

An exciting first half then ended with Kingsley Coman giving Bayern the lead after Dortmund broke the ball out of the box.

However, the lead came only narrowly as Erling Haaland equalized early in the second half with a stunning save, and soon Dortmund appealed for a denied penalty when Marco Reus was fouled. by Lucas Hernandez. .

Twenty minutes later, Bayern were awarded a penalty – which Lewandowski converted – after a decisive play against Mats Hummels.

“We saw a great game, a real top-notch game,” Dortmund coach Marco Rose, who was shown the red card, said after venting his anger when the decisive penalty was handed to the team. his team.

“I think Mats Hummels’ handball, where he couldn’t even see the ball, was a controversial penalty. It’s a pity that the match was decided like that. It deserves a different ending. “

Dortmund’s Emre Can also expressed disappointment at the referee’s decisions, saying: “In the end, a penalty decides the game. It was a pity because we should have had a penalty as well. In our situation, he doesn’t look back at the scene. I can’t understand that.”

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While both Bayern and Real Madrid stretched to the top of the table, Chelsea’s 3-2 loss to West Ham saw Thomas Tuchel’s side being sidelined by Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League.

City took the lead after a 3-1 win over Watford, and Liverpool rose to second after Divock Origi’s late goal helped secure a 1-0 win over Wolves.

It was a similar story in Serie A as Napoli’s 3-2 defeat to Atalanta gave AC Milan the lead in the league with a 2-0 win over Salernitana, while Inter Milan finished second with a 3- 0 before Rome.

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