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Primera División

  • September 10, 2011
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 25000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    For USA (that's @GoalUSA on the Twitters), I'm Shane Evans (that's @shanevans on the Twitters) saying good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 3'
    That'll do it, everyone. The whistle goes and Barcelona has dropped points in a 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad. Up 2-0 in the first half, the club eventually dropped a pair after the break. Stunning match.
  • 90' + 3'
    Well then. Drama in the box as Messi goes down but the whistle goes and the Argentine is shown a yellow for diving. Not typical of the superstar but a great call by the referee.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Lionel Messi
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes of stoppages. Two remaining.
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes of stoppages. Two remaining.
  • 90' + 1'
    From the corner, a free header is deflected just behind for another corner. And ANOTHER corner to come. Tons of pressure from the home side.
  • 90'
    Busquets commits a foul in a poor area at the top of the box. Ball is played around instead. Vela goes down the right and Alves is forced to head it behind. INCHES from an own goal.
  • 89'
    Xavi nearrrrrrly plays Fabregas in through the middle. Was a lovely pass just a hair too long and good reactions by Bravo to hop off his line to claim.
  • 87'
    Three minutes to go now. Barca pushing for a winner but Sociedad providing stiff resistance.
  • 84'
    Fashion note: Pep's usually well-kemp shirt/tie combo looking slightly askew at the moment.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Cadamuro
  • 82'
    Barca corner comes in but a solid punch from Bravo clears it away.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionMcDonald Mariga Mikel Aranburu Eizagirre
  • 81'
    SubstitutionImanol Agirretxe Carlos Vela
  • 80'
    SubstitutionAndreu Fontàs Prat Iniesta
  • 80'
    Andres Iniesta comes on for Barca, as does Mexican international Carlos Vela for Sociedad.
  • 79'
    Barca working more moves down the sides of the box. Alves chips the ball over the box, forcing a wonderful parry from Bravo.
  • 78'
    What was going on there? Backpass to Valdes who apparently wasn't paying attention and almost let it roll into his net!
  • 76'
    Pedro with a sneaky run through the middle and plays a lovely ball behind the defenders to Messi who fires it into Bravo. Hint of offsides there.
  • 75'
    One player I've not been impressed with on Sociedad: McDonald Mariga. Barely even running out there.
  • 73'
    The shot from Griezmann goes right into the wall. Wasteful.
  • 72'
    At the other end, Fontas takes down a Sociedad player and the home side wins a dangerous free kick.
  • 71'
    Alves works hard to win the ball on the goalline and plays it to Pedro in space who fires over. Disappointing there.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionXabi Prieto Cadamuro
  • 69'
    Messi again on the ball. Finds a little space and fires another tame shot that slices across the goal.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Zurutuza
  • 67'
    The Champions win a free kick in a good area at the top of the Sociedad box. Messi curls in a rather tame attempt that is held by Bravo.
  • 65'
    Messi and Fabregas tying to get things going for Barca but are being thwarted by a rejuvenated Sociedad team.
  • 64'
    Reply shows that Busquets blatantly handled on Agirretxe's flick attempt. Goal or red card and a penalty if you're Sociedad?
  • 63'
    SubstitutionThiago Alcántara Lionel Messi
  • 63'
    On comes Messi to try and stop the bleeding for Barcelona...
  • 61'
    Goal Antoine Griezmann
  • 61'
    WOW! Drama here. Agirretxe beats Valdes and plays the ball off the crossbar and the rebound is played in to the net by Griezmann's head. Stunning stuff. Now 2-2!
  • 59'
    Yellow Card Busquets
  • 59'
    Assist Xabi Prieto
  • 59'
    Goal Imanol Agirretxe
  • 59'
    Another nice set up by Sociedad culminates in a GOAL for the home side! Slick play around the area sees the ball played back in over the top to a cutting Agirretxe who expertly heads home! 2-1. Maybe there is something left in this match after all.
  • 58'
    Ball played in deep to Valdes area after a nice interchange but the keeper grabs confidently.
  • 57'
    Corner is taken by Valdes, ps.
  • 57'
    ...and Messi is warming up!!!
  • 56'
    Not much to speak of right now, everyone. Lots of passing little action. Oh wait! Sociedad wins a corner!!!
  • 52'
    Took a few minutes for Barca to really settle in the second half, but its done that now and is calm as ever on the ball...all the play in Sociedad's end.
  • 50'
    Barca on the front foot now as it presses through Villa and Xavi, with the latter with a rare poor touch.
  • 47'
    From the foul, Sociedad has a great chance thanks to Agirretxe. Gets it in the box, turns and fires just wide of the near post.
  • 46'
    Mr. Alves puts in another cheeky challenge. Argues it, as usual.
  • 46'
    ...and we're back!
  • About to start up again soon here, folks. For those who have been with me, Shane Evans (that's @shanevans on the Twitters), from the start: Barca typically dominant in going up 2-0 early in the first half. Continued pressure to the break.
  • 45' + 1'
    There goes the first half whistle. Pep Guardiola should be pretty pleased with the effort in the initial 45 minutes. Lovely football.
  • 44'
    Valdes finally has something to do late on in the first half. A lofted ball is played across the area and take on the volley by Prieto. Diving to his left, Valdes snags nicely.
  • 42'
    Swinging the ball calmly around the Sociedad area, Barca basically toying with the home side right now. Lovely to watch, horrible to endure.
  • 40'
    Barcelona taking its time at this stage of the game. Ready for its first half cup of tea, I think. Do they do that in Spain?
  • 38'
    More Barca as Pedro is played in over the top. Goalie comes out but Pedro tries to chip and it goes over as a defender clears.
  • 35'
    Busquets and Zurutuza go at it down the left with Busquets eventually getting the better of his opponent as a foul is called.
  • 34'
    Another good spot for a Sociedad free kick, to the left of goal on the corner of the box. Ball comes in, and nothing happens again.
  • 32'
    SubstitutionAlexis Sánchez David Villa
  • 32'
    To replace Sanchez on comes David Villa, who was hoping for a rest ahead of Barca's Champions League match this week.
  • 31'
    Here comes the stretcher...
  • 30'
    Sanchez goes down holding on to his hamstring and it appears to need a sub. Not good news for Barca.
  • 28'
    Sociedad wins a freekick straight ahead of goal about 35 yards out after Thiago commits the foul. Again, poor service and ends with Valdes.
  • 27'
    It's pretty crazy that Barcelona's central midfielders play so well in defense and do so willingly. Great team spirit.
  • 25'
    Barcelona completely controlling the play right now. Even without its usual core players. To be expected really.
  • 22'
    The home side have a free kick from deep and right of Valdes' goal. It sails in, no one attacks, and the Spaniard handles easily.
  • 20'
    About 20 minutes in, this one is basically decided. Can't see Sociedad getting back into it, unfortunately.
  • 16'
    Sociedad finally get something going down at the other end as Agirretxe forces his way into the area and has a shot blocked. Nice.
  • 15'
    Barca AGAIN do the chip over the top and is clearly onsides but is whistled for being off. Would have been three.
  • 13'
    Majestic stuff from the Catalan squad. This one is already over. Do you guys want me to keep going or nah? ;-)
  • 13'
    Majestic stuff from the Catalan squad. This one is already over. Do you guys want me to keep going or nah? ;-)
  • 11'
    Goal Cesc Fàbregas
  • 11'
    Before I can even catch my breath, Fabregas makes it 2-0 as Fabregas is the one played in over the top. After an initial save from Pedro, Fab gets the rebound and doubles the advantage!!!
  • 10'
    Assist Alexis Sánchez
  • 10'
    Goal Xavi
  • 10'
    GOALLLL! Well it took less than 10 minutes to happen. Fabregas goes for the scoop over the top...Sanchez connects and slides by the goalie to Xavi who puts it into an open net! 1-0 Barcelona
  • 8'
    More chips through from Barcelona but Bravo is quick off his line and claims.
  • 8'
    Oh that was a close one, Fabregas goes through the middle and Xavi plays him in but the keeper comes out nicely. A hint of offsides.
  • 6'
    And here we go with the numbing passing game that Barca does so well. Sociedad will have to break that up, as you do.
  • 4'
    Zurutuza tries to break down the right but is thwarted nicely by Barca youngboy Fontas.
  • 3'
    Dani Alves getting right into the action with a crunching tackle down the right side of Valdes' goal.
  • 2'
    Xavi will be the man pulling the strings for Barca. Already on the ball trying to spread it around.
  • 1'
    And just like that, we're underway!
  • Hello everyone!'s Shane Evans with you for Real Sociedad-Barcelona! No Messi, Villa or Iniesta for Barca today.