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By Andy Cryer

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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.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    BBC

    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.

  3. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    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.

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    Stats

    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.

  6. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

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

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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.

  9. FULL-TIME

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Incredible scenes at Anoeta as Real Sociedad survive.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Neymar robs goalkeeper Geronimo but is booked.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi delivers and the ball is scrambled clear.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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

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    David Moyes

    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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

  16. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Rulli

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

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    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi

    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?"

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    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.

  23. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    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.

  24. YELLOW CARD

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    And breathe.

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

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    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

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

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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.

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

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    David Moyes

    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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.

  32. CLOSE!

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Mascherano and Canales battle for the ball

    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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.

  34. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    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.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Stats

    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.

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    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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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

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

  38. KICK-OFF

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

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

  39. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    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'?

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    David Moyes

    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "Real Sociedad scored one for themselves and limited Barcelona's chances in that first half, but there's still a long way to go for David Moyes to secure a win which would surely rank highly in his career achievements.

    "They've tired badly in the last half hour of all five of his league games in charge and that dip tonight is likely to coincide with the introduction of Lionel Messi and Neymar - Luis Suarez hasn't yet managed to make up for their absences.

    "There are other problems for Barca, though. Martin Montoya is not the same outlet that Dani Alves is on the right and they're struggling to build from the back without Gerard Pique, who was possibly left on the bench to avoid picking up the booking which would rule him out of next weekend's clash with Atletico Madrid."

  41. Atletico's happy new year

    Diego Simeone

    La Liga champions Atletico Madrid will be enjoying themselves this weekend. A win for them, a defeat for Real and now Barcelona behind at half time. More than they could have dreamed of surely?

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    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "Nothing wakes up Spanish football fans like a bad refereeing decision. Vela, powering through the middle, looked to be chopped down by Mascherano, but the official felt it was a dive and handed the Mexican a yellow card instead. Anoeta was incensed and the whistles were deafening.

    "Then another decision went against them and the noise rose a few more decibels. Moyes even joined in, stepping out of his technical area to berate the linesman.

    "As for chances, La Real have come into the game on the counter and only a save from their former goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, prevented Sergio Canales doubling the home side's lead after want-away Barca right-back Martin Montoya had been turned inside out."

  43. HALF-TIME

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Time for Lionel Messi and Neymar? You wouldn't be surprised.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Pedro tries his luck from 30 yards. His low shot can only be parried out by goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli but Sociedad's defence react quickly and clear the danger.

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    Bad news for Sociedad as Lionel Messi begins to warm up. Surely won't be long before we see him if things continue as they are?

  46. YELLOW CARD

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Carlos Vela's copybook is blotted as he throws himself to the ground under the challenge of Javier. A caution for diving.

  47. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    leeban: why bench Neymar and Messi when you have a chance to be ahead of Real Madrid

    Mo Farooq: Sneaky feeling Barcelona will pip Real to the title. Pressure seems to be getting to Madrid defence from Milan and Valencia

  48. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Sergio Canales

    Brilliant from the hosts as they almost double their lead. Sergio Canales is played through down the right by Carlos Velas and, after turning Martín Montoya inside the penalty area, his shot is turned wide by Claudio Bravo. A good spell from David Moyes's men.

  49. YELLOW CARD

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    A cycnical challenge from Jeremy Mathieu as Sociedad's Carlos Vela breaks down the right with his side looking threatening. A good yellow card for the Frenchman.

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    Lionel Messi

    Andrew Priestley: Messi & Neymar on the bench for Barcelona in a game that 3 points takes them to the top of the table. Sounds like complacency.

  51. PENALTY APPEAL

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Penalty shout for Barcelona as Pedro's cross from the left hits Inigo Martínez in the arm. The cross was deflected into him and that must go in his favour as the referee waves play on. Fortunate for Real Sociedad.

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    Granero and Suarez

    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "Real Sociedad have just eased off and allowed Barcelona to take control of the ball, although they've not managed to create any real chances on Rulli's goal yet.

    "Moyes has been out on the touchline demanding more from his players and he may feel the fans could make it a bit more intimidating. The running track around the pitch at Anoeta certainly isn't conducive to a good atmosphere - there are plans in place to remove it - but you only have to look at Valencia's fans earlier today to see how much of a difference a bit of noise can make."

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona keep coming as Martín Montoya advances down the right. His low cross is flicked goalwards by Munir but blocked for a corner.

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    Barcelona

    This could prove to be a long half for Sociedad. After taking a shock lead, they are sitting very deep and are struggling to get out of their own half. Surely only a matter of time before the visitors are level, as Pedro blazes over the bar following a good run from Luis Suarez.

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    Sadozaie: David Moyes vs Mighty Barca? who would have thought that? Considering Moyes' position at this time last year???

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Not converted. Xavi steps up confidently enough but his right-footed effort sails over the bar.

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    Chance for Barcelona as the pressure builds. Free-kick awarded 25 yards out and central...

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Munir El 's looping cross looks easy for home goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli. He spills the ball under pressure but Sociedad are able to scramble the ball clear. Barca's delivery has been poor so far.

  59. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Fissuh H Kelelom: Despite the deserved defeat to Valencia, I still think Real Madrid can win La Liga with this season.

    Matthew Owen: Real Madrid will still win the title.

    John McEnerney: RM exposed at the back 2 many times by an average side. La Liga still anyone's (RM, FCB, AM)! RM need Khedira back 100% fit!

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Real Sociedad are coping well with Barcelona's response so far. The visitors may have had a lot of the ball but have done little to threaten the goal as of yet.

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    Real Sociedad

    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "Whatever David Moyes is saying before these home games, it's certainly working. Against Elche and Athletic Bilbao it was Carlos Vela, but this time it was an own goal from Jordi Alba which has given Real Sociedad the lead against Barcelona. Their starts are certainly meriting the latest buzz word in San Sebastian: Intensity.

    "Despite the goal, though, which did briefly wake the home fans up, Anoeta isn't exactly bouncing yet.

    "As for Barca, they'll be disappointed but not surprised to have been undone by a ball into the box. Although it does now provide Luis Suarez with the perfect platform to prove he can play the lead role when Lionel Messi is watching on."

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona looking to calm things down as they pass the ball around patiently. Luis Suarez looks like a man desperate to impress but, after a heavy touch, he drags Alberto de la Bella down and a free kick to the hosts eases the pressure.

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    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique looks a worried man. He has taken a gamble by leaving Lionel Messi and Neymar on the substitutes bench and you just know that decision will be questioned if they lose this evening. Plenty of time to go yet though...

  64. GOAL

    Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona - Jordi Alba OG

    Real Sociedad

    What a start as Jordi Alba heads a dangerous cross from the right into his own net to give the hosts the lead.

  65. KICK-OFF

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    top scorers

    There can be few complaints about the form of Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack this season.

    Barca's star-studded attack will be expected to continue impressing, with Lionel Messi and Neymar leading the way with 26 league goals between them this term.

    Luis Suarez, who signed from Liverpool in the summer, has just one La Liga goal to his name though and he leads the attack with the other two on the bench. Game on.

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    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden: "San Sebastian is known for its rain in Spain and it hasn't disappointed tonight. David Moyes, who's still living at the plush Maria Cristina hotel in the city centre, must be used to it by now, but will it suit Xavi and Andres Iniesta's slick passing game? Real Sociedad will have to hope not.

    "A huge crowd greeted Barcelona's team bus 90 minutes before kick off and the fans that queued around the corner from ticket office are now starting to fill up Anoeta. La Real's home holds over 30,000, but their highest attendance this season was 27,879 against Real Madrid - that's the number to beat.

    "In Moyes' two home league games to date, Carlos Vela has scored inside the first five minutes. The home support would certainly like to see him make it three quick starts in a row."

  67. Moyes looking for upset

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    As well as beating Barcelona in the league last season, Sociedad also drew 1-1 with the Catalan giants at Anoeta in the Copa del Rey.

    "If we can perform as well as we did in both those games, it will give us a great chance of getting a result," said David Moyes.

    "We have to be hard to beat when we don't have the ball and positive with the ball to cause Barca problems, Undoubtedly they are a very, very good team but when they come to San Sebastian we have to show them it is not an easy place to come."

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    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    Carlos Vela
  69. Bravo's return

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    One Barcelona player who is no stranger to Real Sociedad's Anoeta stadium is goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

    The Chile international returns to Sociedad for the first time since moving to the Nou Camp in June for in the region of £9m.

    The 31-year-old captained Sociedad and has impressed in his start to life at Camp Nou - conceding just seven goals in 16 La Liga matches.

    "It will be a special game," he said. "Every game I have played in my new career here have been fantastic but this will be special because it is against my former club and I have unforgettable memories from there."

  70. Torres unveiled at Atletico

    Fernando Torres

    One of Barca's challengers for the La Liga title - last season's champions Atletico Madrid - have already been busy in the transfer market this month, with the loan signing of former fans favourite Fernando Torres.

    The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker is re-joining the La Liga champions from AC Milan seven-and-a-half-years after leaving for Liverpool and was unveiled in front of 45,000 fans at the Vincente Calderon earlier today.

    Can a return to his boyhood club reignite Torres's career? It would be some story.

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    Barcelona
  72. Draw specialists?

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    So how has David Moyes been enjoying life in Spain since being appointed Sociedad boss in November?

    He has certainly made them harder to beat, having lost just twice in the seven matches he has been in charge in all competitions.

    But, with just one win in that time, his side are only two points ahead of the drop zone.

  73. Post update

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: After Valencia ended Real Madrid's 22-game winning run earlier this evening, Barcelona can move to the top of La Liga with three points against David Moyes' Real Sociedad at Anoeta. However, that is by no means a simple task - Barca are without a win in their last five trips to San Sebastian, losing three and drawing two.

    "On top of that, La Real have already beaten Madrid and Atletico Madrid at home this season and Luis Enrique has noted that Moyes has "restored their intensity".

    "Scoring goals has been their problem; they've been largely dependent on Carlos Vela, who single-handedly downed Enrique's Celta Vigo with all the goals in a 4-3 win last season. Keeping them out will also be a concern for Moyes tonight, though, who comes face-to-face with Luis Suarez, who famously mimicked a dive in front of the then Everton boss in a Merseyside derby in 2012."

  74. A quiet January for Barca

    Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi

    Barcelona ended last year in not particularly happy circumstances after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld their 2015 transfer ban.

    It will mean a quiet January for Luis Enrique, who will need to make do with the players already at his disposal.

    Still with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez to pick from, it is difficult to feel that sorry for them...

  75. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    We want to hear from you this evening as Real Madrid's defeat opens up the La liga title race. What are your thoughts? Are Real Madrid still the favourites or can Barcelona and Atletico Madrid take advantage? Tweet #bbceurofooty or text 81111 (UK users only)

  76. Team news

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    Spanish football expert Sam Marsden at Anoeta: "David Moyes may not have been expecting this. Luis Enrique has left Lionel Messi, Neymar and Dani Alves on the Barcelona bench. The three South Americans only returned to training on Friday after an extended winter break, so that's presumably behind the decision.

    "Real Sociedad are boosted by the inclusion of top scorer Carlos Vela in their starting lineup. The Mexican had been rated as a doubt, but has been passed fit and will start as the solitary forward with support from captain Xabi Prieto, Sergio Canales and Chory Castro."

    Real Sociedad XI: Rulli, C.Martínez, Bergara, Iñigo, Granero, X.Prieto, Vela, Ansotegi, Canales, Chory Castro & De la Bella

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Montoya, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suarez, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Mathieu, Munir. Subs: Ter Stegen, Messi, Neymar, Pique, Alves, Rakitic, Rafinha

  77. Barca to go top?

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00)

    Table

    And what a start to the year it could prove to be for Barcelona, who were handed an unexpected late Christmas present by league leaders Real Madrid earlier today.

    Despite Cristiano Ronaldo giving them the early lead, Real's attempt at making it 23 wins in a row failed as Valencia came from behind to win 2-1.

    A Barca victory this evening will put them top of the pile.

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    Hola. Yes, good evening and a Happy new year to you all.

    Welcome to our first European football live text of 2015 and what a cracker we have for you.

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona. David Moyes v Luis Suarez.

    Sit back and enjoy.

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    David Moyes

    This time last year, another nail was hammered into David Moyes's Manchester United managerial coffin as Wilfried Bony's 90th-winner knocked the Reds out of the FA Cup third round.

    It was Swansea's first win in their history at Old Trafford and only United's second defeat at the FA Cup first hurdle in 27 years as the end loomed ever larger for a beleaguered Moyes.

    Now, a year on, the new Real Sociedad boss has Barcelona to contend with.

    Happy New Year David.