Saturday January 19, 2013 Day 20 Finished Anoeta

Real Sociedad 3 - 2 FC Barcelona

  • Castro 41’, 62’
  • Agirretxe 90’
  • Messi 7’
  • Pedro 25’

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  1. La Liga - Ten-man Barca shocked by Real Sociedad

    La Liga - Ten-man Barca shocked by Real Sociedad

    Barcelona suffered their first Liga defeat in 29 matches by squandering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Real Sociedad. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Sociedad
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3 Griezmann booked for a foul breaking up the counter but that's it! Barca lose for the first time this season in La Liga, and it's Real Sociedad the bogey team again! Wow!
    • 90+2 That was some ball from Martinez, curling it in low with his left. Could be a fourth here but Valdes keeps out Ifran's cross-shot!!
    • 90+1 GOAL SOCIEDAD! THE BASQUES HAVE COME FROM TWO DOWN TO WIN IT!!! Agirretxe pokes it in from close range after a fantastic cross by Martinez!! 3-2 and the comeback is complete! What drama!
    • 90' Long from Martinez and Ifran wins a throw off Puyol on the Sociedad right. Two minutes added on.
    • 89' Ifran latches on to a loose ball but just fails to find Griezmann. Still could be a winner in this.
    • 88' BARCA SUB: Busquets is taken off for Adriano. Fresh legs more than anything.
    • 87' Almost a good ball in from Griezmann on the left but Valdes has it now. Barca just looking to avoid defeat now.
    • 85' Sociedad are going for broke now - they want to win this!
    • 84' SOCIEDAD SUB: Agirretxe actually comes on now, for Vela. It was Pardo earlier.
    • 83' Iniesta with a foul on Vela, but no second yellow. Nervous moment for him.
    • 82' The ball is swung into the box dangerously but La Real clear.
    • 81' Barca have a free-kick on the left and there's some silliness as Ifran and Alba clash.
    • 80' Better from Barca now as they return to the pretty passing patterns of the first half.
    • 79' REAL SOCIEDAD: Illaramendi comes off for the hosts. Agirretxe I think is on.
    • 78' Barca have steadied the ship and look more comfortable with 10 men but can they get a winner?
    • 77' Barca have a corner on the right which Messi swings in but Puyol can't head it towards goal.
    • 75' Martinez with a cross from the right which is punched out poorly by Valdes but he gets away with it as Ifran fails to control the loose ball.
    • 74' REAL SOCIEDAD SUB: Castro is replaced by the less skillful but beefier Ifran.
    • 73' Busquets with what looked a great challenge to me but the ref decides it's two footed so books him. Kompany would have appealed that.
    • 72' ... He does shoot but it's well over. Should have left it for Xavi.
    • 71' Barca have a free-kick about 30 yards out, a touch to the left... Messi will take this, which makes me think he's planning to shoot...
    • 70' Here come Sociedad again as Martinez brings it forward but Alba holds firm and it's back with Xavi.
    • 68' A break in play as some of the lights appear to have gone down.
    • 67' A promising Barca move breaks down as Iniesta commits a foul.
    • 66' Barca have barely got the ball forward in the second half. Something needs to change or they could lose this!
    • 64' There was a deflection off Mascherano, the replay shows. Valdes not at fault whatsoever.
    • 63' GOAL SOCIEDAD! 2-2 AND IT'S CASTRO AGAIN! Deflected off Valdes to loop in and it's a deserved equaliser.
    • 62' Castro with a half volley that Valdes should catch but he spills it for a corner.
    • 61' A lofted ball sends Griezmann in through the right side of the box but Busquets with a fantastic block! Corner.
    • 60' BARCA SUB: Mascherano is chucked on to replace Fabregas, to move into defence in place of Pique.
    • 59' Rash challenge by Iniesta on Martinez on the edge of the Barca box - the visitors are in trouble now! Free-kick in a very dangerous position and a booking.
    • 58' The free-kick almost causes a goal as the initial ball in isn't cleared, dropping to Martinez whose shot is blocked!
    • 57' Pique pleads with the ref but it's too late for him. Tito Vilanova will be furious, as the first booking was totally unnecessary.
    • 56' PIQUE IS SENT OFF! After his silly initial booking, he leaves a foot in on Vela and earns his second booking.
    • 55' Alba is released by Iniesta down the left but a poor ball is easy for Bravo.
    • 53' Barca respond with a break of their own but Iniesta can't find the pass to release Messi.
    • 52' Griezmann leads a Sociedad counter but good defending by Puyol to sweep up.
    • 51' After that shaky start to the second half Barca are now knocking it about well enough.
    • 49' Barca committing a few fouls now, a sign of frustration no doubt.
    • 48' Iniesta's radar isn't at its usual level as his ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 47' Castro is offside but it was close - he's annoyed as it was a late flag, but the linesman waited until the ball was in proximity to the Uruguayan.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+1 There's the whistle and it's 2-1 to Barcelona in a quite enthralling game of football.
    • 45+1 Given away by La Real and Iniesta brings it clear. One minute added time.
    • 45' Vela races away down the left, he swings in a cross but Pique heads clear.
    • 44' WHAT A VOLLEY BY MESSI AND WHAT A SAVE BRAVO! Lovely pass over the top by Cesc and a brilliant left-foot volley by Messi but Bravo flew across to save! Corner.
    • 43' ALMOST 2-2! Castro again with a super half-volley after a delight of a lofted ball from Prieto! Well stopped by Valdes! All open all of a sudden!
    • 41' GOAL REAL SOCIEDAD! 1-2 and Castro with a fabulous low finish across Valdes and inside the far post after a cute lay-off by Vela. Right back in it!
    • 40' Messi with a fantastic change of pace to race away, the keeper rushes out and is caught in no-man's land, Messi lobs him and it's going in but strikes the inside of the post, somehow staying out and hacked away by Gonzalez!
    • 39' The replay shows that Pedro was NOT offside, he was level - Puyol with a howler then, and the linesman.
    • 39' Xavi swings in the corner but De la Bella heads clear. Back into the box though and Pedro is in but he's offside, sparing the blushes of Puyol hammering over from five yards.
    • 38' That yields a corner off Illarremendi. La Real really under the kosh here.
    • 37' Alba now gets forward, overlapping with Messi, and winning a throw on the left.
    • 36' Inigo fouls Messi and is booked, the Barca star in a heap on the turf. Straight through his back.
    • 35' Great Alba pass releases Messi but he is offside.
    • 34' Martins has the ball in the back of the net but Illarramendi was just offside according to the officials! Shame that he was off as he didn't have to be!
    • 33' Pique is booked for foolishly trying to block a quick free-kick, his claims that it wasn't being taken from the right spot a. incorrect and b. over exhuberant.
    • 32' Griezmann with a decent half-volley but it bounces into the arms of Valdes.
    • 30' Barca attacking in waves but this time Messi commits a foul after getting inside Martins - who was adjudged to have been fouled.
    • 28' Xavi's corner is met by Gonzalez and it strikes Puyol but it hit his arm apparently.
    • 27' Xavi with a superb ball to release Alves, De la Bella is all over the place but the cross is blocked by Gonzalez. Corner.
    • 26' A promising move for La Real breaks down with a poor pass inside from Prieto - shame as they had men over.
    • 25' Alves was released by a marvellous long-range pass from - yes, you guessed it - Xavi.
    • 24' GOAL BARCELONA! 2-0 and Pedro finishes from close range after Alves's low ball, the space created by a Messi dummy run. Superb!
    • 23' Barca continuing to run rings around La Real. Barca in orange and yellow, by the way. Very Zen.
    • 22' Alves is penalised for what the ref sees as a shove on De la Bella. Harsh.
    • 21' Griezmann is offside as he is put through. The France U21 international was recently involved in an unsanctioned night out that resulted in lengthy bans for him and his team-mates.
    • 20' While Messi's goal was a good finish the replay shows some haphazard defending in the build up. Not good enough.
    • 19' More good play by Barca as Pedro wins a corner. Or not, says the ref, last touch off him.
    • 17' Griezmann has a dig that goes only just wide of the far post. Barca ref-watching as they thought there was an offside.
    • 16' - Sorry for the 10-minute delay – technical issues (i.e. failing internet) ruined that phase for us. Nothing of note has happened, mind. Still 1-0 Barca, Pedro also hitting the post.
    • 6' MESSI SCORES! That miss was unlikely to last for long in the memory and Messi makes up for it with a cool finish with his left after Sociedad backed off him. Iniesta with the pass inside.
    • 5' MESSI MISSES! First real chance as Messi is sent away down the left by Xavi but his low finish is wide of the far post!
    • 3' Barca dominating the early exchanges in San Sebastian. Could be a long night for the Basques.
    • 2' Any comments on this match, or Barcelona's goalkeeping conundrum, give me a shout on Twitter @Reda@Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 16:55 And goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said he will not renew his contract with the club, and will leave in 2014. Valdes will not re-sign at Barcelona after 2014
    • 16:50 It has been an interesting week for Barcelona, with their former coach Pep Guardiola agreeing to join Bayern Munich - his successor at the Camp Nou, Tito Vilanova, thinks he has made a good decision. Barcelona stars praise Guardiola’s Bayern choice
    • 16:45 TEAMS: REAL SOCIEDAD: C.Martínez, Mikel, Iñigo, De la Bella; Markel, Illarra, Xabi Prieto; Griezmann, Vela and Castro... Subs: Zubikarri, Angel, Pardo, Elustondo, Estrada, Agirretxe, Ifran. /// BARCELONA: Valdés, Dani Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Busquets, Pedro, Jordi Alba... Subs: Pinto, Mascherano, Adriano, Song, Tello, Thiago, Alexis. Sanchez.
    • - Follow LIVE coverage of the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Barcelona on Saturday, kicking off at 5pm UK time!
  • Summary

    • 34' Martins has the ball in the back of the net but Illarramendi was just offside according to the officials! Shame that he was off as he didn't have to be!
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  • Real Sociedad

    Manager: Philippe Montanier

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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