Martin Odegaard gave his club a great reminder of his talents as Real Sociedad stunned Real Madrid with a 4 – 3 victory in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
The 21-year-old sensation opened the scoring in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, assisted by a goalkeeping mistake from Alphonse Areola. That was Odegaard’s sixth goal in the first season of a planned two-campaign loan in San Sebastian. Sociedad striker Alexander Isak later on took centre stage with two goals in as many second-half minutes.
Mikel Merino made it 4 – 1 after Marcelo scored one for Madrid, and Sociedad held out to serve Zinedine Zidane’s shuffled line-up a first defeat in 22 matches, despite goals from Rodrygo and Nacho and a red card for Andoni Gorosabel in a hectic finale.
Areola had a clumsy save to reward a great start from Sociedad, pushing Isak’s strike into Odegaard’s way before allowing the midfielder’s first-time follow-up to slide embarrassingly through his legs.
James Rodriguez’s sharp shot from the edge of the box drew a fine save from Alex Remiro low to his right, with the Real Sociedad goalkeeper denying Vinicius and Valverde in quick succession before Sergio Ramos planted a 39th-minute header against the crossbar which was ruled offside.
Isak’s unpredictable finishing had threatened to ruin Sociedad’s fine work during the first half and he had a 49th-minute effort disallowed when a VAR review showed he was offside on the end of Odegaard’s through ball.
But the Swedish forward superbly volleyed a chipped cross from Ander Barrenetxea – on as a half-time substitution for Adnan Januzaj – into the top left corner. Isak then recuperated of his earlier wastefulness by slamming an unstoppable shot high beyond Areola from Nacho’s bad clearance.
Unfortunately for the Sociedad, Remiro’s earlier consistency deserted him as Marcelo fired through his grasp at the near post, handing Galacticos a 59th-minute hope. More terrible defending sealed their fate, however, with Merino the unlikely and unmarked scorer when Isak became the provider.
Madrid almost dug themselves out of a hole with Vinicius cutting back for Rodrygo to score after having a header of his own disallowed for offside.
Nacho’s stoppage-time header and Gorosabel’s second yellow card, for a foul on Vinicius, meant Sociedad stumbled, but they’ve still managed to secure the win at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid will aim for a safe La Liga victory when they travel to Osasuna on Sunday.