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Real Sociedad hold Barcelona at Anoeta!

Pin Suarez and Messi celebrate after scoring the second goal. EFE
Suarez and Messi celebrate after scoring the second goal. EFE

Real Sociedad hold Barcelona at Anoeta!

Barcelona could only go away with a point from this game, as they drew 2-2 with Real Sociedad away from home. This could be crucial in their title run and for their dynamic going into the Clasico!

Real Sociedad went into this game off the back of a good start to the season and found themselves in fourth place before the start of the game. Barcelona were looking for eight straight wins in all competitions. 

Barcelona got the game underway, but it was the home side who started off the better team and they really piled on the pressure in the first ten minutes. However, they had an early advantage thanks to Busquets giving away a penalty in the 10th minute of the game.

The penalty was conceded in a corner, after Busquets pulled Llorente to the ground and VAR confirmed the ref's penalty decision. Oyarzabal stepped up to take it and he did not miss. It was a calm, cool finish that put Real in the lead early on and sent the keeper the wrong way. A deserved lead at the start of the game! 

This penalty pretty much dictated the game from there on, as Real Sociedad dominated throughout and Barca struggled to get into it or create chances in the final third.

Llorente with pretty bad misjudgement of the ball near the half-way line, saw Suarez receive the ball and turn and give it to Griezmann, who beat the home defence and just confidently chipped the ball past the keeper and in to the net at the far post. A great bit of play and a great goal to give Barca the confidence they needed! 1-1!

The whistle blew for half time and it was all level! It was an exciting first half with some joyous football from Real Sociedad. They went ahead early on, but even though Barca were not at their best, a bit of breakthrough play helped them equalise late on. 

The second half started off with a goal, as Luis Suarez put Barca in the lead. Great link up play by him and Messi saw them get past the defenders and he received the ball in the net and put it past the keeper. This then set the pace for the second half. 

However, we did not have to wait long to see another goal, as in the 61st minute, the hosts equalised! Real showed some good fighting spirit as Monreal crossed the ball into the box and the keeper saved his effort, but Isak was there for the rebound and slotted it calmly into the back of the net! 

This was a strange, strange game. Barcelona equalised when Real Sociedad looked to be in control and Real Sociedad equalised just at the point Barcelona looked to be in control.

However, the game finished all level. What an exciting game that was to watch. Real Sociedad really did give Barcelona a game and goals from Suarez and Isak in the second half meant the game finished 2-2. Is this be a point gained or two points dropped for Barcelona in the context of their season as a whole? The Aneota is a difficult place to come and La Real are a good side. This is also crucial in their title race as it means Real Madrid may have a chance to go clear at the top if they win tommorow. 

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson

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