Real Madrid have knocked Barcelona and moved top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad.
Zinedine Zidane‘s side are level on points with Barca, who drew 0-0 with Sevilla on Friday, but go top because of their superior head-to-head record.
Sergio Ramos‘ penalty after the lively Vinicius Jr was fouled gave the visitors the lead.
Ramos scored his 20th consecutive spot-kick in the 50th minute to become LaLiga’s highest ever scoring defender on 68 goals, overtaking Ronald Koeman on the all-time list.
There was controversy when substitute Adnan Januzaj thought he had made it 1-1 with a strike from outside the area but it was ruled out for a Mikel Merinooffside. Merino did not get a touch but the officials deemed he was blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois‘ view, so interfering with play.
Their sense of grievance grew when moments later Karim Benzemacontrolled a Federico Valverde cross with his shoulder before firing home. The goal stood after a video assistant referee review for handball.
Merino pulled a goal back for Sociedad to set up a tense finale but Madrid were able to hold on for the win.
Madrid’s biggest problem from the game came when Ramos was injured soon after his goal and needed an ice pack on his leg in the stands.
They have only won one La Liga title since 2012 and are now eight victories away from winning the league.