Wales international Gareth Bale was on the Real Madrid substitutes’ bench for the entire duration of the Real Sociedad game at the weekend in the Spanish La Liga. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti started the Wales senior national team star on the bench and he was not subbed on before the game ended.

Without Bale, Real Madrid were able to record an impressive 4-1 win at home to Real Sociedad. Wales international Bale hasbeen limited to a handful of appearances this season due to injury problems and the form of Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio in attack.Wales international Bale has played just four games for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga and he has an attacking return of one goal.

Real Madrid suffered a scare after going behind inside the first ten minutes of their latest league game with Real Sociedad, but they were able to come from behind to deliver a convincing win with most of their goals coming in the second half. Real Sociedad took the lead through a Mikel Oyarzabal penalty after Spanish right-back Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have brought down veteran playmaker David Silva in the Madrid box. Sociedad led for half an hour before Real Madrid restored parity five minutes from half-time through young French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. Three minutes later, Croatian international Luka Modric gave Real Madrid the lead for the first time in the game and they were able to preserve it until the end of the first half. Real Madrid went on to score two more goals in the second half through Karim Benzema (penalty) and Marco Asensio to make it a comprehensive result.
With the big win over Real Sociedad, Real Madrid opened up an eight-point lead over nearest challengers Sevilla who could only play a goalless draw at Deportivo Alaves.