Summary

  1. David Moyes secures victory over Barcelona
  2. Sociedad have now beaten Barca, Real & Atletico
  3. Alba own goal enough to give Sociedad victory
  4. Messi & Neymar on as second-half substitutes
  5. Real Madrid lose at Valencia

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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And that is where we will leave you for this evening. An explosive start to 2015 for La Liga and you get the feeling there is a lot more drama to come.

Thanks a lot for your company and your interaction. I'm off a for a lie down. Cheerio.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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The title race is coming together nicely in La Liga. One point separating the top three, although leaders Real Madrid do have a game in hand. Barcelona host Atletico Madrid on Sunday... What a game that could prove to be.

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Hamza_15: David Moyes truly is a football genius...

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Shyam: I thought Moyes was kidding when he said he knew how to stop Messi! congrats to Mand Real Sociedad.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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What a heroic defensive effort from Real Sociedad. They had one shot on target all match, just 27% of possession but held on for a famous win. Barcelona, for all their pressure, only had four shots on target. Not good enough.

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Kritt Normsaskul: David Moyes beating Barcelona! This is the same guy who was ridiculed at United!

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Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "Remarkable. Where will this rank in Moyes' career highlights?

"It might be the sixth time in a row Real Sociedad have dodged defeat against Barcelona at Anoeta, but it doesn't get boring for the locals. The fans are on their feet, waving their scarves and celebrating their side's fourth win of the season - three of which have now come against Barca, Atletico and Real Madrid.

"It's Moyes' second league win since taking charge and this one, La Real will hope, can really kick start their season. A top half finish is a necessity here, while a push for Europe is always appreciated.

"As for Barca, Luis Enrique will have to dodge the unforgiving Catalan press for the next few days. Not even Lionel Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez could save him here."

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What a day of football in La Liga. First of all Real Madrid lose to Valencia and then Barcelona slip up at Real Sociedad. Party time at Atletico as they are right back in the title hunt.

FULL-TIME

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Incredible scenes at Anoeta as Real Sociedad survive.

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Free-kick awarded to Real Sociedad. Surely that is it now?

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Neymar robs goalkeeper Geronimo but is booked.

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Lionel Messi delivers and the ball is scrambled clear.

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Three minutes of injury time signalled. Barcelona have a free kick 45 yards out...

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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Spanish football expert Sam Marsden: "Ruuuuuuullllllli rings around Anoeta because their goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli may have just earned them three points. First of all he brilliantly nabbed the ball off Suarez's feet when it looked like the Uruguayan had rounded him; then he saved a header from the former Liverpool man from point blank range.

"Moyes is still on the touchline, urging his players out from defence. Carlos Vela goes off, bowed to by his adoring public, and Real Sociedad are just stoppage time away from completing a memorable hat-trick: Home wins against Atletico, Real Madrid and Barca in the same season."

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Barcelona with a free kick deep inside their own half. The home fans are on their feet. Can they hold on?

GREAT SAVE!

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Geronimo Rulli again to the rescue as he keeps out Luis Suarez's header.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona keep coming but Real Sociedad just won't be breached. Brilliant goalkeeping from Geronimo Rulli as he touches the ball away from the onrushing Luis Suarez.

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Dean Glass: A win would mean we've beaten the top 3 teams placed teams last season. Come on Real!!

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Corner for Barcelona.... but it comes to nothing.

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Real Sociedad force a corner of their own as the clock ticks down...

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Lionel Messi
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Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "How are those nerves, David? You can feel the excitement in Anoeta now. Every time Messi gets the ball the 28,748 crowd hold their breath, every time he's dispossessed they cheer. Every clearance is met with huge relief. Unfortunately they've still got over 10 minutes to hold out.

"Messi and Neymar are more involved at last, forcing Real Sociedad further back than they would like, but there's plenty of space being left by Barca at the back. Can Carlos Vela and Co. take advantage of one of the many counter attacks they're getting and kill this game off?"

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

Luis Suarez's cross is headed clear by Carlos Martínez as Barcelona throw the proverbial kitchen sink at Real Sociedad. Some heroic defending going on out there.

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Michael Ford: Griezmann and Mandzukic firing, the big two slipping up, there's no reason why Atleti can't make it 2 in a row.

Rian Hoskins: Barcelona have not played well but credit to Moyes. Not been the best start but he is making Sociedad tough to break down.

YELLOW CARD

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And breathe.

Dani Alves is booked for a foul on Carlos Vela at the halfway line, to give the hosts time to regroup.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

It just won't go in for Barcelona. Neymar looks certain to score but is denied by last-gasp defending before Luis Suarez's pull back misses its intended target. Desperate stuff from Sociedad now.

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Lionel Messi volleys over the bar from the edge of the penalty area after Luis Suarez's flick.

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Lovely combination play between Neymar and Luis Suarez but the final ball from the latter is too heavy and another chance goes begging. What an atmosphere among the home fans with 20 minutes remaining.

Dani Alves is now on for Jeremy Mathieu and will play at right back with Martin Montoya moved into central defence.

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Another good chance for Barcelona and another poor finish. Xavi side foots Jordi Alba's low cross straight at goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli from 10 yards. He has to do better.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

Huge cheers from the home fans as referee Carlos del Cerro Grande takes a tumble.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

David Moyes
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Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "Barca have played their aces, bringing on Lionel Messi and Neymar, but they look all over the place at the back and Real Sociedad can sense it. Jeremy Mathieu is lucky to still be on the pitch and if he gets caught out one more time the referee will have no choice but to hand him a second yellow card.

"It's La Real who are having the better chances and you get the feeling they'll need a second if they want the three points. Moyes can't stand still on the touchline. He's throwing his hands all over the place and dishing out orders; he's less than 30 minutes away from beating Barca."

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So close to an equaliser. Lionel Messi plays a one-two with Neymar but, just as the Argentine prepares to pull the trigger inside the penalty area, the ball is taken away from him by Inigo Martinez. Brilliant defending.

CLOSE!

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Mascherano and Canales battle for the ball
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Real Sociedad are inches from doubling their lead as Xabi Prieto rises above Jordi Alba but, with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo stranded, his header goes over.

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Andres Iniesta picks the ball up 25 yards from goal but, after advancing a few yards, his rising shot is well over the bar. Story of the match so far for Barca.

SUBSTITUTION

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And with that in mind, here comes Neymar.

As Real Sociedad threaten again on a swift break, Luis Enrique has seen enough and orders the Brazilian to strip off. He is on for Pedro and will form a three-pronged attacked with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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There is no doubt who is dominating this match, see the stats above, but so far Barcelona have failed to really test Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu is lucky to be on the field after another rash challenge at the halfway line. No second booking though.

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Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez tries an ambitious effort from the right but his curled shot is straight at goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

KICK-OFF

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No surprise. Lionel Messi is on for Munir. Can he change things in Barca's favour?

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Shyam: Barca could do with a little bit of the Suarez of last season if they are to challenge RM for the title

Tim Oliver: Will Luis Suarez's Merseyside Derby connection come back and bite Moyes, or will he get some revenge for 'that dive'?