Barcelona achieved a difficult victory with a goal without response, over Real Sociedad on Saturday evening, in the 27th round of the League League, in the “Camp Nou” stadium.
The only goal of the match was scored by FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, a penalty kick in the 81st minute.
With this victory, Barcelona raised its score to 58 points, to temporarily regain the leadership of La Liga, while Real Sociedad balance stood at 43 points in sixth place.
Barcelona coach Quique Setien started the game as usual (4-3-3), with three changes to the squad. That started the El Clásico, for the first time newcomer Martin Braithwaite was present in the attack, playing Lenglet instead of Umtiti in defense, and Rakitic in place of Arthur.
The first threat came from Barcelona in the 10th minute, as Martin Braithwaite penetrated into the Sociedad penalty area and hit
A strong ball, goalkeeper Remiro turned into a corner.
Braithwaite received a pass from Messi in the 14th minute, went deep into and hit a ball, which Remero grabbed.
Messi almost scored the first goal in the 29th minute, when he received a ball in the penalty area, and hit the bird, but goalkeeper Remero hit it brilliantly.
The Blaugrana continued to search for the first goal, with a left shot in the area from Messi, but it passed alongside the right post of Sociedad’s goal.
Despite Barcelona’s attempts to shake the net, the Blaugrana players failed to translate opportunities into goals, ending the first half with a goalless draw.
At the start of the second half, Lionel Messi sent a shot at the edge of the penalty area, which passed near the left post in the 53rd minute.
Romero starred in a powerful shot from Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, in the 64th minute.
The Blaugrana continued, with Messi sending a cross for defender Gerrard Pique, who hit the header next to the right post in the 65th minute.
The referee calculated a penalty kick for Barcelona in the 80th minute, because of a handball on Real Sociedad Robin defender in the penalty area, after resorting to video technology.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi went to the penalty spot and successfully shot to the left of the goalkeeper, giving the goal to the Blaugrana in the 81st minute.
Quique Setien paid Arturo Vidal instead of Ivan Rakitic, the young man Ansu Fati instead of Antoine Griezmann, and finally Junior Firpo instead of Braithwaite.
The Sociedad striker Portu scored the equalizer for his team in the 90th minute, He received a cross in the penalty area in front of Ter Stegen had it not been for Pique interfering with him, which turned the ball into the corner.
In the last minute, Jordi Alba managed to score the second goal for Barcelona, where he received a pass from Anso Fati, to double the result for the Blaugrana, but the match referee canceled the goal due to offside after the return to the video technology.
Messi’s goal in the match brought Barcelona back to the road to victories again after last week’s loss against traditional rivals Real Madrid.