Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr came off the bench to secure a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad at home on Monday, but the Spanish champions lost ground in the title race ahead of their clash with leaders Atlético Madrid next week.

Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side hit the crossbar twice in the first half due to a slew of injuries, but the visitors took the lead in the 55th minute thanks to a towering header from forward Portu.

Toni Kroos came close to equalizing with a curling attempt that just missed the mark, but Vinicius found an equalizer with a deflected effort from inside the area in the 89th minute.

Madrid had the opportunity to close the gap on Atleti ahead of the derby on Sunday, but the draw left them in the third position with 53 points from 25 games, level with Barcelona in second and five points behind Diego Simeone’s champions, who have a game in hand. With 42 points, Sociedad remains in the fifth position.

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