Sunday August 19, 2012 Day 1 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 5 - 1 Real Sociedad

  • Puyol 4’
  • Messi 11’, 16’
  • Pedro 41’
  • Villa 84’
  • Castro 9’

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    • FC Barcelona
    • Real Sociedad
    • 90' FT Barcelona 5-1 Real Sociedad. Barca win. Barca cruise to a 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad in Tito Villanova's first game in charge. Tweet me your reaction here
    • 89' Alves almost gets in on goal, but he is dealt with by de la Bella, who has had a good game despite the score.
    • 87' Barca are just never satisfied, are they? They are pushing for a sixth now. The visitors just want to go home.
    • 86' Iniesta was clouted during that move, but has got back to his feet.
    • 85' Unbelievable football by Barca. Iniesta and Alves combine to find Messi, who nonchalently scoops the ball over Bravo and it drops just wide. Messi was offside, but what a move.
    • 82' GOAL! Barcelona 5-1 Real Sociedad (David Villa). It's a fairytale return for Villa, who scores on his return. Villa plays the ball out to Iniesta, who cuts it back to the Spain striker, whose first-time left footed effort flies into the top corner from 8 yards.
    • 80' Ansotegi pulls Messi back as the Argentine was running at goal. It's blatent, it's a yellow.
    • 78' But at the other end, Vela is inches away from scoring on his Sociedad debut as he throws himself at a cross from the left, but just failing to make contact.
    • 76' Villa's introduction has lifted the Camp Nou, who are obviously delighted to see the striker back. Plenty of nice touches for the former Valencia man here.
    • 75' David Villa receives a huge ovation at the Camp Nou as he comes on for Pedro. He's back
    • 74' Beautiful skill by Pique, who gets forward and backheels the ball to Pedro, who fires a low shot at Bravo. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that Pique is a centre-back.
    • 73' Sociedad sub: Angel on, Castro off.
    • 72' Messi takes a knock to the ankle after a late tackle by Illarramendi. He gingerly gets back to his feet.
    • 71' Alves's crossing has been top quality tonight, and Real Sociedad are forced to head another hanging cross out for a corner.
    • 70' But Messi's free-kick is into the wall.
    • 69' Iniesta is fouled 20 yards from goal - and Messi is eyeing the free-kick.
    • 68' Sociedad deserve credit for the fight they've shown to keep this down to four. The way Barca started this game, double figures looked possible.
    • 66' Sociedad sub: Vela on, Elustondo off
    • 65' Pique nods the resulting corner wide.
    • 64' Bravo forced into another save as Xavi lets fly from 25 yards.
    • 63' David Villa warming up now - and he receives a huge ovation by the Camp Nou supporters.
    • 61' Messi rolls the ball out to Iniesta on the left, but he has the ball taken off his toes.
    • 60' Xavi finds Tello wide on the left, but his cross is cushioned back to Bravo.
    • 58' Barca sub: Iniesta on, Fabregas off
    • 56' Barca drive forward again but the move breaks down when Alves is dispossessed by Bergara.
    • 55' Tello is put clean through after Messi picked him out with a wonderous through ball. But is he is very marginally offside.
    • 54' Iniesta warming up for Barca.
    • 53' Fabregas sends a long ball forward to Alves, but de la Bella sees it out.
    • 51' Great stuff by Messi again. The little wizard drives forward to the edge of the box, exchanges a swift one-two with Pedro, but fires his first-time shot just wide and into the side-netting.
    • 50' Barca sub: Pique on, Puyol off.
    • 49' Good effort by Castro for the visitors! Castro receives the ball on the edge of the box and only has time for a first-time shot, and pokes it just wide of the post.
    • 47' Alves motors down the right wing and sends a hanging cross to the far post, but the ball is headed away just as Tello was preparing a volley.
    • 46' There were no changes to either side at the break, but expect Barca to introduce David Villa at some point. Would be a perfect opportunity.
    • 46' Real Sociedad get the second half underway.
    • HT @Alextrainor3 on Twitter: Iniesta and Villa should come on for Tello and Xavi Tweet me your thoughts on the game
    • HT @SamBalinski on Twitter: Surprised Iniesta and Pique didn't start but no doubt they will make an appearance Tweet me your thoughts on the game
    • 45' HT Barcelona 4-1 Real Sociedad. Business as usual for Barca, who have played some stunning stuff at Camp Nou. Tweet me your first half reaction
    • 44' Sociedad's delivery from wide areas has been good, but Puyol is heading everything out. Barca will be grateful to have him back.
    • 42' GOAL! Barcelona 4-1 Real Sociedad (Pedro). Another sublime goal by Barca. Xavi finds Tello on the left, and he clips a cross to the far post. They are queueing up for it but Pedro gets the touch, cushioning the ball into the net.
    • 41' Illarramendi floats the resulting free-kick onto Ansotegi's head - but he flicks it just wide. Real Sociedad ending the half with a flourish here.
    • 40' Mascherano is caught out at the back and fouls Castro to prevent a Sociedad breakaway.
    • 38' Valdes is almost caught out as Estrada goes for goal from the half way line! It was a superb effort but Valdes turns it over his crossbar as the ball was dropping into the goal.
    • 37' Beautiful football by Barca. Messi drives forward and finds Fabregas, who puts the ball back into the Argetine's path - but Messi's shot is well saved.
    • 36' This time Busquets finds Tello on the left, but his cross is cut out just as Fabregas was swinging his left leg at it.
    • 35' Sociedad's Prieto sees yellow for delibrate hand ball. Very silly.
    • 33' Good play by Barca again as Tello looks to find Fabregas, who had made a good run into the box, but Tello's pass is just behind him.
    • 31' But there's pushing going on in the box and the referee awards the free-kick to Real Sociedad.
    • 29' Mesmerising, fluid football from Barca as they string 30+ passes together before Jordi Alba forces a corner on the left.
    • 27' De la Bella drives forward down the left and tries to catch out Valdes with a first-time effort, but instead slices it into the side-netting.
    • 26' The last time Real Sociedad beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou, Dalian Atkinson and John Aldridge were on the score sheet.
    • 24' Barca stroking the ball around with real assurance now. The visitors' early enthusiasm has been curbed, and Barca are pressing for a fourth all the time.
    • 23' Puyol again connects with a corner, but this time he is stretching to reach the ball and can't keep it on target.
    • 22' Barca are playing some super stuff tonight. A long spell of possession ends with Jordi Alba getting forward and forcing a corner on the left.
    • 20' Tello is causing all kinds of problems for Sociedad. His weaving runs down the left are stretching the away defence every time.
    • 18' Barca absolutely dominating this game as Pedro is fouled on the edge of the box by Estrada. Xavi hammers the resulting free-kick into the wall.
    • 17' Messi looks as sharp as ever. An ominous sign for the rest of La Liga.
    • 15' Real Sociedad's defending has been woeful, but Barca look devastating on the attack.
    • 14' GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Real Sociedad (Messi). Yes, another goal. Tello scuffs his cross from the left and Messi gets ahead of his man and drills it into the bottom corner.
    • 12' What a crazy start to Tito Vilanova's tenure. Real Sociedad have shown courage to fight back to going behind, but Barca really look in the mood. Tweet me your reaction
    • 10' GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad (Messi). Pedro finds Messi in space in the box. He bundles his way past two defenders before finishing into the top corner. Bonkers start.
    • 8' A thrilling start at the Bernabeu.
    • 7' GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Real Sociedad (Castro). Barca hit the ground with a thump as Illarramendi lays the ball off to his left to Castro, who takes a touch and rifles it into the roof of the net.
    • 5' Chance at the other end as Barca are forced to clear off their own line. This one's got off to a flying start.
    • 3' GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (Puyol). What a start to the Vilanova era! Puyol finds space at the corner and thumps a header beyond Bravo.
    • 2' Tello and Alves link up well on the right in the early stages here.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Barcelona kick off the Tito Vilanova era at Camp Nou.
    • 19.58 Having spent so long on the sidelines, David Villa is back on the bench for Barcelona. Jordi Alba makes his competitive debut, while Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique are on the bench. Tweet me your reaction to Barca's line-up
    • 19.55 Barcelona XI: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Cesc; Pedro, Messi, Tello. Subs: Pinto, Pique, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Alexis, Villa /// Real Sociedad: Bravo; Estrada, Ansotegui, C.Martinez, DeLaBella; Illarramendi, Elustondo, Bergara, Prieto, Castro; Griezmann. Subs: Vela, Pargo, Angel, Zubikarai, Ros, Cadamuro, Agirretxe
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    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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    Manager: Philippe Montanier

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