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Football: Sociedad stun Barcelona, Real Madrid go top

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:11 AM
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Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (right) is congratuled after scoring by Real Madrid's midfielder Asier Illarramendi (centre) as Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (left) walks during their Spanish league football match against Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Feb 22, 2014. Real Madrid moved three points clear at the top of La Liga as Barcelona suffered their second league defeat in four games with a 3-1 reverse away to Real Sociedad. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid moved three points clear at the top of La Liga as Barcelona suffered their second league defeat in four games with a 3-1 reverse away to Real Sociedad on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014.

Earlier, Madrid had comfortably seen off Elche 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks in part to a spectacular long-range strike from Gareth Bale.

Barcelona had come into the game on a high after beating Manchester City in their much-anticipated Champions League tie on Tuesday, but went behind when Alex Song turned Sergio Canales' cross into his own net.

Lionel Messi restored parity almost instantly with a clinical left-footed finish.

 
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