Actual loss to hat trick from soler penalties
Valencia striker Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick on penalties when his side beat La Liga champions Real Madrid 4-1 in an extraordinary match on Sunday.
Karim Benzema gave Madrid the lead with a scorching goal from outside the box, only to have Valencia equalize three penalties after an extremely unusual turn with Solers' first.
Soler saw Thibaut Courtois save his penalty and hit the post on the rebound while teammate Yunus Musah hit the loose ball, only to see the goal disqualified after a VAR review showed it was invading the area .
A retry was ordered and Soler made no mistake on the second attempt.
Valencia took the lead before half-time with a freaky own goal by Raphael Varane who unwittingly blew the ball over his head and just over the line. The gate was awarded a few minutes later after another VAR review.
Valencia's youthful striker Lee Kang-in almost scored a third goal in the second half, but Courtois twisted his shot on the post.
However, the home team kept the momentum going and won two more penalties, for a foul by Marcelo on Maxi Gomez and a handball by Sergio Ramos.
Soler switched each time, becoming only the third player in league history to score three penalties in a single game.
Five in a row for Real Sociedad
Previously, Real Sociedad had beaten an almost unrecognizable side from Granada 2-0 to return to the top of the league.
Attempts by visitors to postpone the game due to a spate of coronavirus cases were denied by authorities, which meant they had to make nine changes from the 1-1 draw with Levante last week and with five players under 20 years ago.
Granada's provisional side got off to a good start, but Sociedad took the lead through left-back Nacho Monreal in the middle of the first half before a penalty from Mikel Oyarzabal doubled their lead five minutes later.
Brazilian striker Willian Jose had saved a free kick from Granada 18-year-old keeper Angel Jimenez in the second half and Sociedad ended the game with 10 men when defender Robin Le Normand showed a red card in the 86th minute.
Granada scored a penalty in stoppage time but Darwin Machis was beaten by a superb save from Alex Remiro and the Basques celebrated a fifth straight La Liga win.
More La Liga results:
- Getafe 1-3 Villarreal
- Levante 1-1 Alaves
- Valladolid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao