Kieran Tierney incites Real Madrid fury as he 'sparks' Sociedad goal but it's another big moment that ruffles feathers
Whether he loved it or hated it is up for debate but it was definitely a game to remember for Kieran Tierney as he was right in at the thick of it against Real Madrid.
The Scotland star was raising eyebrows before a ball was even kicked as Spanish TV coverage didn't have a graphic ready for him yet when they announced the teams on screen. It led to Tierney being shown with a greyed out face while his teammates all had mugshots. That anonymity, though, did not extend to the game itself.
Within five minutes he had played a key role in Ander Barrenetxea's goal, the lead SuperSport commentator noting that he had 'sparked the move' with a quick turn of pace to blow past Federico Valverde as if he wasn't even there. He then laid it off to Barrenetxea, who shifted the ball right before it came back to him in the area to finish off an explosive counter-attack.
Madrid were then left raging with Tierney for an apparent foul on Rodrygo in the box - which the referee deemed a fair challenge. That came before his teammates were left applauding a covering defensive run which saw him deny Joselu a simple tap-in at the back post right on the brink of half-time.
Real have been the La Liga pacesetters so far and they turned the game around after the break. Valverde made up for his early failure to get near Tierney and Joselu struck what proved to be the winner on the hour mark. Tierney though was evidently running out of steam with some feeling he could have done better in the build-up to the second Real goal.
He was subbed off for Aihen Munoz for the final 20 minutes as Sociedad failed to spark a dramatic comeback. It was Tierney's second start in succession for Sociedad since joining from Arsenal and he'll be hoping for another when