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Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona
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FULL TIME: Real Sociedad 1-6 Barcelona
Real Sociedad can't wait for this match to be over. They have been well and truly out-played by a Barcelona team who have real momentum behind them at the moment.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 Barcelona 6 (90 mins - Lionel Messi). That's a wonderful goal and Barcelona now have six for the evening! Alba and Puig played a lovely passing move inside the box, the ball was cut back for Messi and the Argentine made no mistake in finishing into the net! Exceptional!
- OffAntoine GriezmannFC Barcelona
- OnRiqui PuigFC Barcelona
Puig is also on. Dest has been hooked so it won't be a hat trick for the American.
- OffSergiño DestFC Barcelona
- OnFrancisco TrincãoFC Barcelona
Trincao is introduced by Koeman for the final few minutes. Can he bag a goal?
- OffAlexander IsakReal Sociedad
- OnJon BautistaReal Sociedad
And here's Bautista for the home side as well. Will he even get a touch of the ball?
- OffIgor ZubeldiaReal Sociedad
- OnModibo SagnanReal Sociedad
More changes for the home side. Sagnan comes on for the final few moments.
This has been one of Barcelona's best performances of the season so far. They are certainly finding momentum at the right time of the season. They are right back in the title race.
- OffOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
- OnMartin BraithwaiteFC Barcelona
On comes Braithwaite for the final 10 minutes or so of this match.
Barcelona still have some big games to negotiate between now and the end of the season. As mentioned, they have the Clasico, but they also have a match at home to Atleti on May 9.
The second Clasico of the season is starting to loom on the horizon with Real Madrid set to host Barcelona at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on April 10th. That could be a big one.
- GoalAnder BarrenetxeaReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 (77 mins - Ander Barrenetxea) Barcelona 5. It might be nothing more than a consolation goal, but what a strike by Barrenetxea! A solo effort from the substitute who runs through the Barcelona midfield before finding the top corner! There wasn't all that much Barca could have done to stop that!
- OffPedriFC Barcelona
- OnIlaix MoribaFC Barcelona
And Ilaix is also on off the bench to get more minutes for Barcelona.
- OffSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
- OnRonald AraújoFC Barcelona
It should be noted that Araujo was introduced off the bench moments ago.
Going back to Messi, the Argentine will have the option to leave the Camp Nou as a free agent, with both Manchester City and PSG believed to be interested, but there is a sense that he will stay now that Laporta is back.
Januzaj takes aim! The former Manchester United winger shoots from just outside the Barcelona penalty area, but ter Stegen makes the relatively comfortable save to deny him.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Barcelona 5 (71 mins - Ousmane Dembele). This is turning into a rout now! Dembele was denied by the offside flag not so long ago, but he won't be denied this one! The Frenchman was given so much space to drive into and he finishes into the bottom corner!
One of the biggest knock-ons of the election is the impact it could have on Messi’s decision on whether to stay or go at the end of the season, when the Argentine’s Barca contract will expire.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! Dembele has the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman has his flag up for offside. Tell you what, that looked onside in the replays! Hmmmm....
PICTURE: Barca have been brilliant
- OffAndoni GorosabelReal Sociedad
- OnAnder BarrenetxeaReal Sociedad
... and the second change for the home side sees Barrenetxea introduced.
- OffPortuReal Sociedad
- OnAdnan JanuzajReal Sociedad
Imanol makes a couple changes. First, Januzaj comes on off the bench...
This uncertainty has affected the business Barcelona have been able to do in the transfer market. The Catalans made not one single signing in the January window and summer business might also be sparse.
The election was something that loomed over Barcelona for around a year. Josep Bartomeu was recently arrested after being forced out of the club. It’s been a tumultuous time for the Catalans.
Of course, the big news at Barcelona in recent weeks has been the election of Joan Laporta as the club’s new president. This will be his second stint in the job having served between 2003 and 2010.
Remiro saves from Dembele! Dest plays the ball into his French teammate, the angle was tight for him, but the Real Sociedad goalkeeper still needed to make the save at his near post.
Barcelona have had their injury troubles this season. Ansu, Coutinho and Roberto are all sidelined for the Catalans at the moment, but they have coped without them rather well.
The finish from Messi was brilliant, but what a pass from Busquets! The Barcelona midfielder waited and picked out the run of his Argentine teammate in behind La Real.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Barcelona 4 (56 mins - Lionel Messi). A fourth goal and Messi has added his name to the score sheet! The Argentine controlled a long ball over the top and clipped the finish over Remiro and into the back of the Real Sociedad net! This match is done and dusted.
One of the ways you can tell Dest is trusted within the Barcelona dressing room is that Messi looks for him a lot. The Argentine used to always look to Alba on the left side.
Dest has become a key figure for Barcelona this season. The American international has nailed down a starting spot at right back and has given Barca extra width on that side.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Barcelona 3 (53 mins - Sergino Dest). Barcelona have a third and Dest has a second! Alba got to the byline down the left side and waited to make the pass to Dest. When he did play the ball the American right back was on hand to convert into the back of the net!
Driving run! Portu did everything right by cutting inside and driving to the edge of the Barcelona box, but his pass into Isak is cut out before it could reach the Swedish striker.
That was a decent chance for Dembele inside the opposition penalty area, but Zubeldia does well to win the ball from the Frenchman and La Real survive a bit of a scare.
PICTURE: Griezmann broke the deadlock
A good start to the second half by Barcelona. A third goal would well and truly kill off this match as a contest and it looks like they are pushing to get that as soon as possible.
No changes made by Imanol at the break which is somewhat surprising given how Real Sociedad played the first half. They need to raise their game considerably in this second period.
The second half is under way! Barcelona have a 2-0 lead over Real Sociedad in this La Liga fixture!
HALF TIME: Real Sociedad 0-2 Barcelona. An impressive 45-minute display from Barcelona who deserve to be ahead at the mid-point. What can La Real do to get back in this one?
There will be just one minute of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
This game might already be over for Real Sociedad. Will Imanol make any changes at the half time interval? The hosts have had a couple chances, but they haven't taken them.
- GoalSergiño DestFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Barcelona 2 (43 mins - Sergino Dest). There's a second Barcelona goal before the break and Dest finds the back of the net! Messi picks out the run of the American international and he makes no mistake in finishing past Remiro! Barca deserve their advantage!
Koeman will be pleased with how his team have played in this first half, although he'll want a second goal to make things more comfortable. Barcelona have been the better side.
Zubeldia down! This could be a concern for Real Sociedad. Zubeldia is down on the ground after a challenge from Dembele and Imanol might be forced into a change here.
Isak denied by ter Stegen again! This is becoming a bit of a duel between these two players! Ter Stegen gave Isak the chance with a poor pass, but he made up for it with the save!
That was a very well-worked goal from Barcelona's point of view. The pressure had been building on Real Sociedad and that eventually told in Griezmann scoring the opener.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 0 Barcelona 1 (36 mins - Antoine Griezmann). The breakthrough has been made and Griezmann has found the net against his former side! Remiro made a reflex save from Dembele and his French teammate was on hand to convert the rebound from only a few yards out!
Off the crossbar! Dest beats Le Normand to the byline and gets the cross into the box, but Remiro tips on to the woodwork! Inches away from being a freak opener for Barcelona!
Barcelona have had most of the ball in this first half so far, but Real Sociedad created the best opportunity when ter Stegen had to save from Isak. The hosts have been in this.
Pedri shot is blocked! The Barcelona teenager takes aim from just inside the penalty area, but there were simply too many players in blue and white shirts in front of him!
Busquets needs to be careful! The Barcelona midfielder fouls Merino. Keep in mind that Busquets is already on a yellow card. He needs to be careful not to be shown a second one!
Real Sociedad still have slim hopes of finishing in the top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but defeat here would deal them a big blow. The gap on Sevilla would be big.
The Anoeta has been a difficult venue for Barcelona in years gone by. Indeed, Real Sociedad’s home has been something of a bogey ground for the Catalans.
PICTURE: Messi being closely marked
- Yellow cardSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
Busquets is now shown a yellow card for a clear foul on Isak.
Barcelona are having to do some defending at the moment. This is impressive stuff from Real Sociedad as they recover from a pretty passive start to the match. On top now.
Ter Stegen saves from Isak! That was the best chance of the match so far! Isak cut inside from the byline and stabbed a right-footed shot towards goal, but ter Stegen made the stop!
Zubeldia did well! Just for a moment it seemed that Real Sociedad were exposed at the back as Messi surged forward with the ball at his feet, but Zubeldia made the challenge.
If Real Sociedad are going to get something out of this match, it will likely come through Oyarzabal. He has started the liveliest of the players in blue and white this evening.
The omens are good for Barcelona here. They have won their last eight games away from home and this form has been key to them surging up the league table into second place.
Barcelona have made a strong start to this match here. They are dominating possession and have La Real pegged back inside their own half. They haven't created much, though.
Indeed, Barcelona have won 11 of their last 12 matches in La Liga. This good form coupled with the stuttering form of Atletico Madrid of late has opened the door for the Catalans in the title race.
Not so long ago, this looked like being a season to forget for Barcelona, but they are now in the final of the Copa del Rey and are back in the title race at the top of La Liga.
PICTURE: No early breakthrough
Barcelona aren't the only team playing a back three this evening. Real Sociedad are matching up to the Catalans in a similar shape with De Normand, Zubeldia and Zubimendia in defence.
Messi's first shot of the match! Space opened up for the Barcelona number 10 to get an effort away on goal, but that was never going to beat Remiro and he holds on to the ball.
- Yellow cardMartín ZubimendiReal Sociedad
The first yellow card of the match is shown to Zubimendi for a foul on Dembele.
Oyarzabal had options! The Spain international was fed the ball in plenty of space in the middle of the pitch, he played the pass to Isak, but the Swedish striker's shot was blocked!
Merino intercepts a pass from Busquets 25 yards out from goal, he attempts to get the cross into the middle under pressure from Griezmann, but the delivery is far too strong.
Barcelona come into this game on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over Huesca. Koeman’s side are in good form and will want to keep that going here this evening.
We're still trying to work out what this system is from Koeman. It's possible that it's a back three. It really depends on whether de Jong is playing at the back or in the midfield.
Dembele chases! An early opportunity for the French winger to stretch his legs, but Remiro comes off his line to make the clearance under pressure from the Barcelona man!
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Real Sociedad against Barcelona in this La Liga fixture!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get under way at the Anoeta. Kick off is coming up soon.
Barcelona have won their last eight games on the road. Can they make it nine in a row this evening?
Barcelona went 10 years without a victory at the Anoeta, although they have drawn two and won two of their last four visits.
Not long until kick off at the Anoeta. This promises to be one of the most compelling fixtures in La Liga this season - that's why it's in the Sunday evening time slot!
No Silva! The big team news for Real Sociedad is that Silva is missing from the starting lineup! Imanol's side have strugggled when the playmaker has been missing so far this season.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Real Sociedad end Barcelona's unbeaten run in La Liga? Tweet me - @grahamruthven!
Griezmann starts! The French forward is in the Barcelona starting lineup for his return to the Anoeta! Of course, Griezmann enjoyed a very successful time at Real Sociedad.
TEAM NEWS: Real Sociedad - Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Merquelanz, Zubimendi, Guevara, Merino, Portu, Isak, Oyarzabal. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Dembele, Messi, Griezmann.
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