• Chronicle.Vinicius, the 'correcalles' of the leader (1-2)

In the final stretch of the warm-up, just before returning to the guts of the now spectacular Anoeta, several of the Madrid starters completed the set-up of Thibaut Courtois with point-blank shots from the front. The Belgian's saves were combined with shots at the post, specifically the one to the right of the goalkeeper. The next shot on goal that he was going to receive was not going to arrive until minute 68, in the goal annulled to Adnan Januzaj , one of so many arbitration controversies of the duel. For the third consecutive night, Imanol Alguacil's team repeated the offensive difficulties that have marked their return to competition. Of course, this time, who was in front was the new leader of the League.

Under normal conditions, this factor should have been perceived in remodeled stands for meetings like today. And although it seemed otherwise in the afternoon in the Amara neighborhood, with lots of people taking advantage of the delicious sun that is often scarce in Donosti, last night there was no public at the Reale Arena.

Now, who would have thought, there was a bustling ambient sound. The white bench, more passive, looked to his right and observed the resounding protests of the Real's substitutes. "Missing!", "I've pushed him!" Could be heard clearly, although the distance to the press box is considerable.

Bale, not even to heat

A Gareth Bale , much closer, did not seem unduly concerned about the cries of the Sheriff players. And for the rest of the game ... Let's say that in the 30 minute break he took the opportunity to get into the changing room tunnel and that he took his time to reappear. And that, in the second half, he returned to his place when he had already resumed and without even looking at the grass out of the corner of his eye. Only he, between the two teams, did it.

If the season already had epilogue tints for the Welshman, the lineup last night fueled that feeling is correct. Vinicius and even James Rodríguez are ahead of you, came Zinedine Zidane . Neither went out to heat.

Without Casemiro against Mallorca

He did give Bale time to observe the internship of his young Brazilian teammate, which led to the penalty - much protested by Real - with which Sergio Ramos put Madrid ahead. And with which, incidentally, the white captain became the second highest scoring defender in the history of the League with 68 goals. Or the first, depending on whether Fernando Hierro is considered central or midfielder.

But joy soon became worry. He collided with Isak and hurt his left knee. He limped for a while, tried himself on, but ended up asking for the change. One of the Madrid physios put ice on his joint and, as good news, he sat in the stands instead of going directly to the locker room. But with an ostensible limp that puts an asterisk on his availability for Wednesday's game against Mallorca, in which Casemiro will be out for card accumulation.

"I think it is a blow only and if so nothing happens," Zidane said at Movistar's microphones. "Now it hurts a lot, although I think it is only the blow," the French coach finished.

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