Real and Sociedad drew 0-0 in La Liga on Sunday. This is the first time since 2002 that the two teams have not scored a goal.
If he had won, Zidane would have scored a century in La Liga as a coach. Real's players could not color the occasion. There was no creativity in their game to break the freezing defense. They could not create too many opportunities.
Sociedad, who last season knocked Real out of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, were defensive from the start. The team was kind of wrapped up in their own half.
Rodrigo-Vinicius-Martin Odegard could not break the freezing defense. Vinicius spread fear on the left side due to speed and footwork, but he also could not give the final pass.
In the 15th minute, Karim Benzema wasted a chance with a shot from outside the D-box along with the goalkeeper. Real raised hopes of a goal from one of the six corners in the first half. In the 34th minute, Sergio Ramos' bullet volley hit one of the Sociedads and went off.
Contrary to the style of play, Sociedad was almost ahead in the 42nd minute in the counter-attack. Thibo Cortoya failed to extend Alexander Ishaq's shot from close range. That was the best chance of the first half.
Sociedad got the first chance at the beginning of the second half. In the 48th minute, Porto's chip passed and Ander Barranetia's volley was not on target for a while.
Then, of course, Sociedad re-entered. One attacking Real after another was suffering to break the defense. In the 62nd minute, Benzema tried to make a sudden shot from outside the D-box, but he could not dodge the goalkeeper.
In the 8th minute, Real got a great opportunity from every attack. Benzema went ahead with the ball extended by Tony Cruz from his own half. Marvin Park, who is in a convenient position to increase without taking a shot himself, disappointed the team by making a mess.
After that no team could create such an opportunity. Sociedad left the field with the second draw in a row.
Real took the field in the second week of the event. Next week will be Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.