Apr 30, 2016 at 3pm UK at ​Estadio Anoeta
Attendance: 26,426
Real Sociedad
0-1
Real Madrid

Illarramendi (36'), Bergara (42'), Prieto (48'), Zaldua (64')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Bale (80')
Bale (41'), Ramos (59'), Nacho (62'), Modric (75')

Result: Real Madrid temporarily go top of La Liga table

Gareth Bale scores 10 minutes from time as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 1-0 at the Anoeta to move to the top of the La Liga table ahead of Barcelona's Sociedad clash.

Real Madrid have moved to the top of the La Liga table courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad on Saturday afternoon.

Los Blancos, who were without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema at the Anoeta, won it in the 80th minute when Gareth Bale headed a Lucas Vazquez cross into the back of the net.

Zinedine Zidane's team have moved two points clear of both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid ahead of their respective matches against Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano later tonight.

The visitors had a half-chance inside four minutes when James Rodriguez slid a pass in to Bale, but the in-form Welshman could only fire his effort wide of the far post.

James, on his return to the team, continued to impress and came close to making the breakthrough in the ninth minute after being fed by Nacho, but Geronimo Rulli was on hand to make a smart save. Sergio Ramos and Bale then both sent headers just wide of the post as Sociedad struggled to stem the flow of traffic.

The clock hit 22 minutes and Sociedad had hardly been in Real Madrid's half, and the chances continued to arrive for Los Blancos as Bale headed a James cross just wide of Rulli's post.

Teenage striker Borja Mayoral set up another opportunity for Real Madrid in the 26th minute, but James fired his effort straight at Rulli.

Sociedad continued to struggle in the final third as the first period drew to a close, but they were using the ball better and deliveries from both David Zurutuza and Mikel Oyarzabal caused problems to the away side's defence.

Nacho had the best chance of the first period in the 41st minute after breaking into the Sociedad box, but after beating Rulli and poking the ball towards goal, defensive midfielder Mikel Bergara was on hand to clear to safety.

Gareth Bale has a rest during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid on April 30, 2016© AFP

Bale once again came close for Real Madrid early in the second period, with the Welshman heading a Modric corner wide of the post from a narrow angle.

Down the other end, Zurutuza managed to wriggle into the Real Madrid box and unleash a strike towards goal, but Ramos put his body in the way and the ball went behind as it remained 0-0 with 55 minutes on the clock.

Bale had an outstanding opportunity just before the hour when a cross from James fell for the Welshman inside the penalty box, but somehow Rulli made a left-footed save to prevent the first goal of the match.

Zidane introduced Jese Rodriguez 25 minutes from time in an attempt to find a decisive goal, but Sociedad were a threat themselves on the counter as Bruma started to stretch the legs of Raphael Varane and Ramos.

Jese had a chance to send the visitors ahead in the 73rd minute when he found space inside the Sociedad box, but Rulli was on hand to make another smart save.

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid on April 30, 2016© Getty Images

Jese then had another opportunity when Bale slid a pass into the path of the Spaniard, but Rulli was quick off his line to collect and keep the score level entering the final 15 minutes.

Bale was not to be denied, however, and headed a Vazquez cross into the back of the net in the 80th minute to ensure that Real Madrid remained firmly in the title race with just two games to play in Spain's top flight.

Gareth Bale reacts to a Rayo goal during the La Liga game between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid on April 23, 2016
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBarcelona382945112298391
2Real Madrid382864110347690
3Atletico MadridAtletico38284663184588
4Villarreal381810104435964
5Athletic Bilbao381881258451362
6Celta Vigo38179125159-860
7Sevilla381410145150152
8Malaga381212143835348
9Real Sociedad38139164548-348
10Real Betis381112153452-1845
11Las PalmasLas Palmas38128184553-844
12Valencia381111164648-244
13Espanyol38127194074-3443
14EibarEibar381110174961-1243
15Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo38818124561-1642
16Granada38109194669-2339
17Sporting GijonSporting Gijon38109194062-2239
RRayo Vallecano38911185273-2138
RGetafe3899203767-3036
RLevante3888223770-3332