Real Madrid takes advantage of Barcelona losing ground in Primera Division

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Real Madrid extended its lead at the top of the Primera Division by beating Real Soceidad 1-0 on Sunday, one week after it tied Barcelona in the Liga.

Edin Dzeko scored in the 66th minute for the champion Real, whose five-point lead over Barcelona remains.

Dzeko shot home a low cross from Marco Asensio at the end of a counterattack on Sunday, four minutes after Madrid’s Karim Benzema was robbed in the box in another bout of brilliance from defender Jordi Alba.

Real Madrid has won six of its last six matches in all competitions. It meets Porto in the European Super Cup on Wednesday before having a 12-day break in the league before hosting Barcelona on June 10.

Barcelona, which lost to Real Madrid last weekend in their first meeting since last season’s final in Milan, plays Levante on Tuesday before hosting Espanyol on June 4. The defending champions lead the second-division by four points ahead of third-place Espanyol.

On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 1-0 victory against Real Sociedad in the first leg of the final of the Spanish Super Cup by scoring in the 26th minute.

On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid takes on Celta Vigo in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. The final is on June 26 at San Siro in Milan.

Atletico moved into fifth in the league with a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Saturday, when Gonzalo Higuain scored twice.

In another action-packed match on Sunday, Bayern Munich came back to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on penalties in the first leg of the German Cup final.

Dortmund led 1-0 with six minutes left in normal time, only for Robert Lewandowski to strike a late equalizer.

Bayern added a second goal from Lewandowski in the shootout with a long, curling, left-footed strike.

The sides face each other again on Tuesday at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.

Bayern is already through to the Champions League final on June 3.

— Agencies

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