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Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona: Champions score two quick goals to maintain winning start

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Since the start of 2017-18, Barcelona have won a league-high 23 points from losing positions in La Liga

Barcelona scored two goals in three second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Real Sociedad to maintain their 100% start to the La Liga season.

The champions trailed after 12 minutes when they failed to clear a free-kick and Aritz Elustondo lashed in.

But Luis Suarez scrambled the ball home in the 63rd minute before Ousmane Dembele converted at another corner.

La Real could have been further in front but missed three chances shortly before the Barcelona goals.

Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two fine saves, denying Real Madrid loanee Theo Hernandez and Juanmi while Mikel Oyarzabal blazed over at the end of a quick counter-attack.

The hosts, playing at their newly renovated Anoeta stadium for the first time, could have grabbed a point late on but Juanmi headed narrowly wide from inside the area.

Barcelona were poor in the first half and also capitalised on goalkeeping errors for both goals with Geronimo Rulli missing punches at both set pieces.

The win for Ernesto Valverde's side is their fourth from four games this season and keeps them top of the table.

Earlier in the day, Atletico Madrid needed an injury-time debut goal from Borja Garces to draw 1-1 with Eibar.

Line-ups

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Rulli
  • 2Zaldua
  • 15Elustondo
  • 6Moreno
  • 19Hernández
  • 5Zubeldia
  • 4IllarramendiBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMerinoat 82'minutes
  • 17ZurutuzaSubstituted forBautistaat 73'minutes
  • 14PardoSubstituted forSangalliat 82'minutes
  • 7Juanmi
  • 10Oyarzabal

Substitutes

  • 8Merino
  • 13Moyá
  • 18Gorosabel
  • 20Rodrigues
  • 21Bautista
  • 22Navas
  • 23Sangalli

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forCoutinhoat 45'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 87mins
  • 18Alba
  • 20Roberto
  • 4Rakitic
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forBusquetsat 57'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forVidalat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Busquets
  • 7Coutinho
  • 13Cillessen
  • 15Lenglet
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 22Vidal
  • 24Vermaelen
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande
Attendance:
26,482

Match Stats

Home TeamReal SociedadAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Sociedad 1, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Sociedad 1, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luca Sangalli.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Coutinho.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Igor Zubeldia (Real Sociedad).

  7. Booking

    Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Jon Bautista (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juanmi (Real Sociedad) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mikel Merino with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Real Sociedad. Luca Sangalli tries a through ball, but Juanmi is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Mikel Merino replaces Asier Illarramendi.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Sociedad. Luca Sangalli replaces Rubén Pardo.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  15. Post update

    Theo Hernández (Real Sociedad) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jon Bautista (Real Sociedad).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona44001431112
2Real Madrid4310113810
3Celta Vigo32105237
4Ath Bilbao31205415
5Atl Madrid412134-15
6Real Betis412113-25
7Levante31116424
8Sevilla31114224
9Espanyol31114314
10Getafe31112204
11Real Sociedad411267-14
12Eibar411246-24
13Alavés311124-24
14Girona311124-24
15Huesca4112612-64
16Valencia403135-23
17Rayo Vallecano310225-33
18Real Valladolid302101-12
19Villarreal301213-21
20Leganés301248-41
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