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Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has scored in six consecutive games

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona battled back from 2-0 down to beat Real Sociedad and keep their unbeaten start to the league season going.

Willian Jose headed Real ahead and then had a goal ruled out before Juanmi's deflected strike doubled their lead.

Paulinho slid in Suarez's cross to pull one back and the striker then levelled with a magnificent looping effort.

Suarez scored again from Thomas Vermaelen's header and Lionel Messi curled in a late free-kick.

The result leaves fourth-placed defending champions Real Madrid nearer to the relegation zone than to Barcelona. It is the first time Barca have been 19 points above Real since the penultimate day of the 1990-91 season.

Barcelona had not won a La Liga game away to Real Sociedad in a decade - picking up two points from the previous seven games - and it looked like that run was going to continue after 34 minutes.

Willian Jose's bouncing header from Xabi Prieto's cross beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the Brazilian then had a goal harshly ruled out because of a disputed foul on Ivan Rakitic.

They deserved to double their lead when Juanmi controlled Sergio Canales' reverse pass over the top before scoring.

But Barcelona showed great mental strength to bounce back and Paulinho gave them renewed hope going into the break when he scored from Suarez's cross.

Suarez, who has rediscovered his form after a slow start to the season, scored an excellent second - when his first-time side-footed effort from the corner of the box flew over Geronimo Rulli into the back of the net.

And Messi scored a fantastic 25-yard free-kick, which left Rulli rooted to the ground, to seal the win.

Following Manchester City's 4-3 defeat by Liverpool earlier on Sunday, Barcelona - who are nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid - are the only side yet to lose in Europe's top leagues.


Real Sociedad

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Rulli
  • 19Odriozola
  • 3Llorente
  • 22Navas
  • 20Rodrigues
  • 16Canales
  • 4IllarramendiBooked at 63mins
  • 17ZurutuzaSubstituted forZubeldiaat 56'minutes
  • 7JuanmiSubstituted forOyarzabalat 60'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 10Prieto ArgarateSubstituted forJanuzajat 78'minutes
  • 12Da Silva


  • 5Zubeldia
  • 8Januzaj
  • 9Agirretxe
  • 13Ramírez Martínez
  • 15Elustondo
  • 18Oyarzabal
  • 27Gorosabel


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoBooked at 60mins
  • 3PiquéBooked at 90mins
  • 25Vermaelen
  • 18Alba
  • 15PaulinhoSubstituted forDembéléat 65'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forDigneat 80'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forD Suárezat 90'minutes


  • 6D Suárez
  • 8Iniesta
  • 11Dembélé
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 19Digne
  • 22Vidal
José Luis González González

Match Stats

Home TeamReal SociedadAway TeamBarcelona
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Sociedad 2, Barcelona 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 2, Barcelona 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Canales.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Luis Suárez.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Igor Zubeldia (Real Sociedad) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Real Sociedad. Conceded by Lucas Digne.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergio Canales (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Odriozola with a through ball.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  14. Post update

    Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Real Sociedad 2, Barcelona 4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  16. Booking

    Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

    Igor Zubeldia (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 14th January 2018

As It Stood

2Atl Madrid1912612882042
4Real Madrid1895432171532
10Celta Vigo197483327625
11Ath Bilbao196762120125
13Real Betis187383034-424
15Real Sociedad196583334-123
18Dep La Coruña1944112137-1616
20Las Palmas1932141446-3211
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