Spain, November 28, 2016: His brace against Sporting Gijon gave him five in a week, more importantly it kept Los Blancos well ahead of the chasing pack after it secured them a 2-1 win.
Carlos Carmona gave Sporting some hope but once Duje Cop (who had missed a late penalty) was sent off with 10 to go, the visitorsâ€™ chances disappeared.
A much-changed Real side did struggle for long periods however, and if theyâ€™ve not recovered any more of their first XI before the trip to the Camp Nou, Zinedine Zidane might be looking at his first loss of the season.
Fortunately, the all-whites can afford to lose and still be top, so the status quo is unlikely to concern the Frenchman.
Barcelona hadnâ€™t won at Real Sociedad since 2007 and quite how they managed to get to half time at the Anoeta on level terms is anyoneâ€™s guess.
Quite simply, La Real outplayed, out-fought and out-thought the Catalans in a one-sided opening half.
In fact, their passing accuracy dropped below 76 percent for the first time in five years which says everything about their standard of performance.
Once Willian Jose had comically put the hosts ahead with a header thatÂ Gerard Pique somehow managed to kick into the roof of his own net, the writing looked on the wall.
That was until Neymar put on the afterburners and foundÂ Lionel MessiÂ who made no mistake with a fierce, low drive.
An audacious chip from Carlos Vela on 75 deserved a goal and with Juanmiâ€™s follow up incorrectly ruled out for offside, Barca got out of jail.
That the Blaugrana stopped a run of successive defeats with their worst performance of the campaign by far will be of no comfort toÂ Luis EnriqueÂ whoâ€™s side end the weekend six points behind Real.
source: The Sun