FC Barcelona found themselves 7 points behind Real Madrid in the title race as they took the field against Real Sociedad on Sunday night. It proved to be another difficult game for Barcelona who struggle to impose themselves on the game as Sociedad defended in numbers and frustrated Barcelona throughout the game. But Surely with Messi, Neymar and Suarez playing upfront it was just matter of time before they find the breakthrough ? No, It was Sociedad who took the lead after the break thanks to goal from Willian Jose.
Match Highlights (English)
Real Sociedad 0-0 Barcelona Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match ]
45* [ Haltime Report ] Barcelona failed to play their usual dominating style and Sociedad defending resiliently and in numbers to frustrate Barcelona.
60′ [1 – 0] Willian Jose scores for Sociedad as they hit Barcelona on counter attack.
59′ 1 – 1 Lionel Messi
Having beaten Celtic in the champions league and qualifying for knockout stages, Barcelona will travel to face Real Sociedad in what should be an important away game where they might go into the game with 7 points behind Real Madrid if they win their games earlier on Saturday. Luis Enrique will surely use his full strength side to avoid any more hickups having their unbeaten streak.
Real Sociedad don’t have much to play for after 32 games in the league, they are currently well placed above the relegation zone with 38 points but they will be looking to put a performance against defending champions and get something out of this match. As far as Barcelona are concerned if they can win all three points against Real Sociedad they will keep their 6 points lead and remaining 5 league opponents are all placed in the bottom half of the table.
Team News & Lineups: Luis Enrique don’t have any fresh injury concern but in spite of all the players available he might just stick with the full strength team for one more La Liga game just to make sure they don’t drop any points. claudio Bravo might start in goal ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen while Pique, Mascherano, Alba and Alves should continue in back four. Arda Turan might be handed a start in place of Rakitic while front trios of Suarez, Neymar and Messi will start for yet another league game.
Real Sociedad has somewhat become a boggy team for Barcelona, specially at home as catalan outfit has not beaten Sociedad away from home since 2007. Last 6 games at his stadium ended in 4 draws and 2 wins for Sociedad.
FC Barcelona were under pressure going into the saturdays clash against Real Sociedad having seen their lead at top of the table cut to just 3 points after Atletico and Madrid both won their respective games. Barcelona started with several key players on the bench and it proved costly as Real Sociedad took the lead through Mikel Oiarzabal in just 5th minute of the game. Barcelona were in for a fight against a team they have not beaten away since 2007.
Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga match, Saturday, 09 April 2016 ]
5′ 1 – 0 Mikel Oiarzabal scored the only goal of the game which came early in first half.