Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 4-0 Real Sociedad

Lionel celebrates with team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez after scoring against Real Sociedad
Lionel Messi has scored three goals in the last two games

Barcelona remain four points clear at the top of La Liga after an emphatic win which saw Lionel Messi score his first league goal for two months.

Neymar opened the scoring with a composed left-foot finish before Luis Suarez doubled the lead with a brilliant volley before half-time.

It was 3-0 shortly after the interval, Neymar scoring his 14th goal in 12 La Liga appearances.

Messi completed the scoring after meeting Neymar's cross.

Neymar celebrates scoring for Barcelona against Real Sociedad
Neymar is La Liga's top scorer with 14 goals this season

It was the Argentina forward's third goal in two starts since suffering a knee injury in a 2-1 win over Las Palmas on 26 September.

Messi has been linked with a move to Manchester City but the 28-year-old did not let the speculation spoil his performance as Barcelona secured a sixth successive victory.

Luis Enrique's side dominated their lowly opponents, Suarez's acrobatic finish the highlight of a clinical team performance.

They have scored 14 goals in the past three games, while Messi looks to be nearing the form which saw him score 43 goals to help Barcelona to the La Liga title last season.

Barca have 33 points from 13 games.

Third-placed Real Madrid, who were hammered 4-0 by Barca last weekend and are now nine points off the pace, play Eibar on Sunday.

Barca's win took them seven points clear of nearest rivals Atletico Madrid, who later reduced the deficit back to four with a 1-0 win over Espanyol thanks to Antoine Griezmann's goal.

Atletico midfielder Tiago, 34, broke his right leg during the game.

Barcelona's players celebrate a goal against Real Sociedad
Barcelona's next La Liga match is away to Valencia on 5 December
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Real Sociedad
Lionel Messi only returned from a two month injury lay-off last week
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez scores against Real Sociedad
Luis Suarez has scored in each of his last seven Barcelona appearances

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Alves da SilvaSubstituted forCorreiaat 62'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 14MascheranoSubstituted forBartraat 69'minutes
  • 24MathieuSubstituted forAlbaat 66'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 18Alba
  • 19Ramírez
  • 21Correia
  • 23Vermaelen

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rulli
  • 30ElustondoBooked at 56mins
  • 3González
  • 6Martínez Berridi
  • 19Berchiche IzetaBooked at 28mins
  • 16CanalesBooked at 48minsSubstituted forOyarzabalat 58'minutes
  • 14Pardo GutiérrezBooked at 50mins
  • 8GraneroBooked at 37mins
  • 10Prieto Argarate
  • 11VelaSubstituted forNa Bangnaat 81'minutes
  • 9AgirretxeSubstituted forHernández Ortegaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Martínez
  • 7Na Bangna
  • 21Hernández Ortega
  • 23Reyes
  • 24De la Bella
  • 28Oyarzabal
  • 31Bardaji
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
74,020

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 4, Real Sociedad 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Real Sociedad 0.

  3. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rubén Pardo (Real Sociedad).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Real Sociedad 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neymar.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

  7. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Neymar following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bruma (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mikel Oyarzabal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aritz Elustondo with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruma (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Xabi Prieto with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruma (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mikel Oyarzabal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruma (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Mikel Oyarzabal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Bruma replaces Carlos Vela.

  15. Post update

    Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mikel González.

  18. Post update

    Dangerous play by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

  19. Post update

    Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Saturday 28th November 2015

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