MADRID, June 22: Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema scored second-half goals as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-1 to take the lead from Barcelona for the first time since the Spanish league resumed.
Ramos converted a 50th-minute penalty kick and Benzema added to the lead in the 70th to move Madrid ahead of the Catalan club, which on Friday was held by fourth-place Sevilla to a 0-0 draw.
Madrid and Barcelona are level on 65 points, but Madrid has a better goal difference and a better head-to-head record against its rival.
Madrid had led five of the last seven rounds before the break, but Barcelona went in front just before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic more than three months ago.
Barcelona had stayed ahead after two straight victories since the league restarted. The defending champions have eight rounds left to try to retake the lead.
Madrid kept its perfect record on its return despite a lacklustre first half at Sociedad. � AP