Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona: Visitors fail to extend lead in La Liga
Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde’s men stumble in the Basque Country as Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez strikes are cancelled out by Mikel Oyarzabal penalty and Alexander Isak goal
- Mikel Oyarzabal gave Real Sociedad the lead from the spot after Sergio Busquets fouled Diego Llorente
- After a spell of Sociedad domination Antoine Griezmann scored against his former club to equalise
- Barcelona then took the lead early in the second half after Lionel Messi gave Luis Suarez a tap-in
- But Alexander Isak then restored parity for Sociedad after an error from Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Barcelona could be going into the Clasico next week behind Real Madrid in the table after being held by Real Sociedad.
Swedish striker Alexander Isak got the second half equaliser in the 2-2 draw to leave Ernesto Valverde’s team just a point clear of Madrid who play Valencia tomorrow.
Barcelona were furious that Gerard Pique was not awarded a late penalty, after Diego Llorente appeared to bring the defender down in injury time but, despite having earlier given a penalty to Real Sociedad for a similar challenge, the referee waved away the appeals.
La Liga leaders Barcelona dropped points from a winning position in their draw with Real Sociedad on Saturday
Real Sociedad won a penalty early in the first half after Sergio Busquets was adjuged to have pulled Diego Llorente’s shirt
Real Sociedad took the lead on 12 minutes when Mikel Oyarzabal scored from the penalty spot after Sergio Busquets had pulled the shirt of Llorente.
The home side were on top in the first half and should have made more of their domination but they allowed Barcelona back into the game.
Barça broke on 38 minutes with Luis Suarez, making the most of Llorente being out of position, and he spotted Griezmann racing down the left and played the Frenchman in.
Mikel Oyarzabal stepped up to take the spot-kick and made no mistake to put the Basque side ahead at Anoeta
REAL SOCIEDAD (4-1-4-1): Remiro; Zaldua, D. Llorente, Guevara, Monreal; Zubeldia; Portu (Januzaj 59′), Odegaard, Merino, Oyarzabal (Barrenetxea 85′); Isak (Willian Jose 66′)
Substitues not used: Moya, Sagnan, Gorosabel, Sangalli
Goals: Oyarzabal (pen 12′), Isak (62′)
Manager: Imanol Alguacil
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba (Semedo 74′) Rakitic (Vidal 79′), Busquets (Alena 73′), de Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann
Substitues not used: Neto, Umtiti, Carles Perez, Fati
Goals: Griezmann (38′), Suarez (49′)
Manager: Ernesto Valverde
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas
The goal summed up a difficult start to the game for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who were put under severe pressure
But Antoine Griezmann eased the pressure on Barcelona by chipping in an equaliser against his former club
Griezmann, back playing the team he played just over 200 games for, ran on to the pass and lifted the ball over Remiro to level the scores. Griezmann did not celebrate against his former club, but the Barça bench did breathe a sigh of relief after a face-lift for a shocker of a first half for the visitors.
Four minutes into the second period they had the lead. Busquets dinked a pass over the top for Messi, who squared for Suarez and the Uruguayan had an easy finish.
Real Sociedad were now chasing the game, and they could have fallen further behind when Gerard Pique headed goalwards and Igor Zubeldia hooked off the goal line. On 62 minutes however, the hosts were back on terms.
Luis Suarez then put Barcelona into the lead after Busquets had lifted a ball over the top for Lionel Messi
Messi could have had a go himself being well-placed but instead unselfishly squared to Suarez who made no mistake
Gerard Pique then saw an effort cleared off the line as Barcelona looked to add a decisive third goal in the Basque Country
Former Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal crossed from the left after Sergio Roberto had been slow to close him down, and when he crossed Marc-Andre ter Stegen palmed the ball out into the path of Isak who finished from close range.
It was his last touch because William Jose was already ready to come on and the Brazilian replaced the Swede for the last 25 minutes. This was proving hard work again for Barcelona, and the effects were visible as Pique had to run off a limp in the first half and Suarez was hobbling.
The impressive Martin Odegaard looked to take advantage and raced into space but with better options to his left he went for glory. The headlines would have been for him – a Real Madrid loanee scoring against Barcelona – but he blazed over.
But Alexander Isak drew Sociedad level midway through the second half after Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried the ball to him
Pique then had a late penalty appeal turned down by the referee as Barcelona were forced to settle for a point
Ernesto Valverde’s side will now have to hope Real Madrid drop points at Valencia if they are to maintain their lead
Unperturbed he slipped a pass through to William Jose and then lofted another pass to Oyarzarbal. Barcelona were wobbling again and Suarez was booked for complaining.
They still fought back to have the last chance of the game. As Pique tumbled all eyes focused on referee Javier Alberola but he waved the complaints away and so helped condemn to Barcelona to two dropped points.
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