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Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad

Lionel Messi
All the goals came in the first half of an entertaining game

Lionel Messi scored twice as below-par Barcelona laboured to a win over Real Sociedad to keep their La Liga title hopes alive.

The champions are three points below Real Madrid, who have a game in hand, going into El Clasico next weekend.

Messi fired Barca into the lead from 25 yards and scuffed home a second, his 498th goal for the club, before Samuel Umtiti's own goal gave La Real hope.

Paco Alcacer made it 3-1 before Xabi Prieto pulled one back.

Unlike a weakened Real Madrid, who beat Sporting Gijon by the same scoreline earlier in the day, Barca played a full-strength team.

Barcelona host Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League quarter-final, having lost the first leg 3-0 in Italy.

But boss Luis Enrique decided he could not risk losing ground in the title race in order to keep his players fresh for that game.

Barca now go into a potentially season-defining week. After the Juventus match comes a trip to Madrid, where a win would send Enrique's side top on the head-to-head rule - although Real would still have an extra game to play.

All the goals at the Nou Camp were scored in the first half, with three coming in the five minutes before the break.

Barcelona, who were without the suspended Neymar, had to hang on for periods.

La Real's best chance to equalise came when Asier Illarramendi's ambitious 50-yard free-kick had to be tipped over by a back-pedalling Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

La Liga table

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3PiquéBooked at 88mins
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 5Busquets
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forIniestaat 69'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 10Messi
  • 17AlcácerBooked at 41minsSubstituted forD Suárezat 79'minutes
  • 9SuárezBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 8Iniesta
  • 13Cillessen
  • 19Digne
  • 24Mathieu
  • 28Aleñá
  • 39Cardona

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rulli
  • 20Zaldúa Bengoechea
  • 22Rodríguez Navas
  • 6Martínez Berridi
  • 19Berchiche Izeta
  • 4IllarramendiBooked at 49mins
  • 17ZurutuzaSubstituted forGraneroat 84'minutes
  • 11VelaBooked at 7minsSubstituted forCanalesat 62'minutes
  • 10Prieto Argarate
  • 18Oyarzabal
  • 12Da SilvaSubstituted forBautistaat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Granero
  • 15Elustondo
  • 16Canales
  • 25Ramírez Martínez
  • 26Bautista
  • 27Zubeldia
  • 32Rodrigues
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
81,704

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 3, Real Sociedad 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Real Sociedad 2.

  3. Post update

    Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yuri (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Esteban Granero.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

  8. Booking

    Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

    Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Denis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Esteban Granero replaces David Zurutuza.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Canales (Real Sociedad).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yuri.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Iñigo Martínez.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 15th April 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid31236282334975
2Barcelona32226491306172
3Atl Madrid32198559243565
4Sevilla31187656391761
5Villarreal31159745242154
6Ath Bilbao32165114537853
7Real Sociedad32164124845352
8Eibar31148952421050
9Espanyol31121094342146
10Celta Vigo30125134551-641
11Alavés311010112938-940
12Valencia31116144754-739
13Las Palmas32108145157-638
14Malaga3289153649-1333
15Dep La Coruña32710153550-1531
16Real Betis3187163351-1831
17Leganés3169162648-2227
18Sporting Gijón3257203464-3022
19Granada3148192765-3820
20Osasuna3238213273-4117
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