Real Madrid start with stalemate in San Sebastian

Defending champions Real Madrid began their LaLiga Santander campaign with a 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad at the Reale Arena.

Zinedine Zidane's side were made to wait for their opening league fixture of 2020/21 because of their involvement in the Champions League in August.

The match saw Martin Odegaard make his first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt since 2015, coincidentally against the club he spent last season on loan at.

Los Blancos enjoyed the fair share of possession in the opening stages of the game, with Odegaard playing in a more advanced position ahead of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield.

Karim Benzema was the sharpest member of Real Madrid's forward line, which included Vinicius Junior on the left and Rodrygo Goes on the right.

The French striker threatened to open the scoring at times during the first half, trying a couple of shots from the edge of the box. His first effort was collected by Alex Remiro in goal, while he slipped at just the wrong moment when turning and shooting later in the half.

The visitors had claims for a penalty waved away by referee Juan Martinez Munuera when Sergio Ramos' acrobatic shot struck Aihen Munoz in front of goal, but nothing was given.

Despite Real Madrid's dominance, it was Real Sociedad's frontman who came closest to breaking the deadlock before half time.

Alexander Isak was played through on goal by Mikel Oyarzabal, but Thibaut Courtois came out to smother his low shot. The Swede's subsequent effort, a curling shot from the left of the penalty area, wasn't too far away from finding the far corner either.

La Real carried their momentum through the break, with Ander Barrenetxea hitting a volley just wide moments after the restart.

At the other end, Remiro was called into action again as Dani Carvajal stung his palms with a shot from distance. When Benzema tested the Real Sociedad goalkeeper minutes later with a powerful strike from the D, Remiro responded once more, palming the ball to safety.

The next stop in play after the latest save from Remiro allowed Imanol Alguacil to introduce David Silva to the game, as the 34-year-old made his return to LaLiga after 10 years away.

Zinedine Zidane responded with a triple substitution of his own, with 20-year-old Marvin Park making his first-team debut. Another Castilla youngster, Sergio Arribas, was also handed a first-team bow in the final minutes of the match.

After a flurry of chances either side of the half-time whistle, both sides seemed to settle for a point apiece during the closing exchanges.

It's the first point for Real Madrid in their aim to defend their LaLiga Santander title - something they haven't been able to do since the 2007/08 season.

La Real, meanwhile, move on to two points for the campaign, having also drawn their league opener with Real Valladolid last weekend.

Match Sheet

Real Sociedad: Remiro; Gorosabel, Elustondo, Le Normand, Munoz; Guevara (Gonzalez, min.89), Merino; Portu, Oyarzabal (Bautista, min. 74), Barrenetxea (Januzaj, min. 74); Isak (Silva, min. 63).

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric (Valverde, min.70), Kroos; Rodrygo (Marvin, min.70), Odegaard (Casemiro, min.70), Vinicius (Arribas, min. 92); Benzema.

Goals: None.

Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera.

Yellow cards: Barrenetxea (min. 24) for Real Sociedad, Mendy (min. 29) for Real Madrid, Munoz (min.33) for Real Sociedad, Carvajal (min. 84) for Real Madrid.

Red cards: None.

Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta.

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