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Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: Lionel Messi scores late penalty

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Lionel Messi
Messi's penalty was his 19th league goal of the season

Lionel Messi scored a late penalty as Barcelona edged to victory over Real Sociedad to move top of La Liga.

Barca go two points clear of Real Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane's side can regain top spot with victory at Real Betis on Sunday (kick-off 20:00 GMT).

The home side's spot-kick was awarded for Robin le Normand's handball, which the referee saw on the pitchside monitor, allowing Messi to convert.

Alexander Isak smashed a shot wide from Sociedad's best chance of the game.

Barca thought they had a second in the 95th minute when Jordi Alba stroked a finish into an open net, but substitute Ansu Fati was adjudged to be narrowly offside by VAR.

Former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite, who signed for Barca in an emergency transfer outside the transfer window, was dangerous in the first half, striking a couple of shots straight at Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro.

Ivan Rakitic had a thumping effort from the edge of the area pushed away, while Gerard Pique headed straight at Remiro from inside the six yard box.

Messi seemed to be having an off day when he side-footed a shot wide from 10 yards out and curled another off target, but the skipper proved to be the match winner, clipping home an 81st minute penalty for his 19th league goal of the season.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3PiquéBooked at 61mins
  • 15LengletBooked at 16mins
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forVidalat 74'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 88mins
  • 21de Jong
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forFatiat 85'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 42mins
  • 19BraithwaiteSubstituted forFirpoat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Firpo
  • 28Puig
  • 30Collado
  • 31Fati

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Remiro
  • 18Gorosabel
  • 3LlorenteSubstituted forZubeldiaat 71'minutes
  • 24Le Normand
  • 20Monreal
  • 16GuevaraBooked at 76mins
  • 8MerinoBooked at 56mins
  • 7Portugués Manzanera
  • 21Ødegaard
  • 22BarrenetxeaSubstituted forOyarzabalat 58'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 19IsakSubstituted forDa Silvaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Zaldua
  • 5Zubeldia
  • 9Da Silva
  • 10Oyarzabal
  • 11Januzaj
  • 12Muñoz
  • 13Moyá
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
77,035

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamReal Sociedad
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 1, Real Sociedad 0.

  2. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Real Sociedad 0.

  4. Post update

    GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Jordi Alba (Barcelona) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Ansu Fati is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ansu Fati (Barcelona).

  7. Post update

    Nacho Monreal (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Júnior Firpo replaces Martin Braithwaite.

  11. Booking

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Martin Ødegaard (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ansu Fati replaces Antoine Griezmann.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  17. Post update

    Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Willian José replaces Alexander Isak.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 1, Real Sociedad 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  20. Booking

    Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) is shown the yellow card.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 7th March 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid26168248173156
3Sevilla27138639291047
4Getafe27137737251246
5Atl Madrid271112431211045
6Real Sociedad26134943321143
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal26115104336738
9Granada26114113231137
10Ath Bilbao2681082522334
11Alavés2788112937-832
12Levante26102143139-832
13Osasuna2671093338-531
14Real Betis2679103642-630
15Real Valladolid2661192229-729
16Eibar2676132639-1327
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganés2648141938-1920
20Espanyol2648142345-2220
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