shrugged off his love-hate relationship with the fans to net his 100th
goal for Real Madrid but it wasn't enough as an Iker Casillas howler
gifted Real Sociedad a point at the Bernabeu.
When Ronaldo netted with a sweet right-foot volley from a crossfield
Zinedine Zidane pass, former European champions Real looked bound for a
win that would at least have added a modicum of pressure to runaway
leaders and defending champions Barcelona, who visit Racing Santander on
Instead, Casillas flapped at a Mikel Alonso lofted cross into the box
and Mark Gonzalez swept home the gift.
To compound Real's misery as they stayed nine points adrift of Barca on
59 points from 32 games, they played out the final four minutes with 10
men after Guti was sent off in a bad-tempered finale which had the home
crowd booing their disapproval.
The one point was in contrast a blessing for relegation-threatened
Sociedad as they drew level with fourth-bottom club Mallorca.
Ronaldo, who last week saved a point at old club Barcelona - who can now
win the championship next weekend if they win Sunday and then at fellow
Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal - might have put the match
beyond doubt long before the break.
He hit the post from close range and then ballooned the rebound over the
crossbar off a pass from the left by Robinho.
At the other end Gonzalez had looked lively and drew a smart Casillas
save on 11 minutes as Sociedad dug in hard.
The same player then headed wide and on the strike of half-time Casillas
again found himself having to stop Gonzalez, this time an effort from
distance, as the visitors showed Real that one goal was unlikely to
Ronaldo had lost his sparkle by the hour and Real duly threw on Italian
Antonio Cassano, who was on the mark in last month's derby success
against Atletico Madrid.
Cassano strove to make his mark but was caught up in a sea of increasing
mediocrity as the game began to lost its momentum after Casillas'
An exciting Robinho run 12 minutes from the end deserved greater reward
than for a left-foot shot off target.
Guti then lost his head and referee Fernandez Borbalan, who also dished
out six yellow cards, gave him a red for dissent.
Barca will travel to Santander with coach Frank Rijkaard resting
Ronaldinho, who suffered a bruised leg against Benfica in midweek as
Barca reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Argentine Leo Messi is also not ready to make his return but with the
likes of Frenchman Ludovic Giuly in reserve the Catalan club will expect
to add another three points and all but wrap up the league campaign.
In other Saturday action, Getafe pushed Malaga nearer the drop with a
2-1 away win on the Costa del Sol wit a last-gasp winner from Veljko
Paunovic while Cadiz, also struggling to stay alive, parted 1-1 with
Celta Vigo were hosting Champions League aspirants Valencia in the late