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April 30, 2011
• Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 24000
D. Ifrán 71'
Xabi Prieto 83'
Thiago Alcântara 29'
Full Time! Real Sociedad defeat Barcelona 2-1! Xabi Prieto's penalty gives the Basque side a vital win in their battle against relegation! Barcelona and Real Madrid both taste defeat this evening as the underdogs come out fighting. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com!
90' + 2'
A chorus of whistles from the home crowd are urging the referee to end to the game!
Martinez clears the ball to tremendous cheers from the home fans!
Gorka Gorka Elustondo Urkiola
The hosts are defending bravely here! Corner to Barcelona!
HUUUUUUUY! Thiago misses an open goal after being put under massive pressure by the Sociedad defenders! He still should have equalised!
Barcelona's 31 league game unbeaten record is hanging by a thread here! Can Real Sociedad hold on?
Penalty Goal Xabi Prieto
Yellow Card Javier Mascherano
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL SOCIEDAD! Xabi Prieto scores a penalty by just squeezing it under the hand of Pinto! It was a terrible penalty but somehow it went in! 2-1 Sociedad!
Penalty for Real Sociedad! David Zurutuza is fouled by Mascherano in the box!
Xabi Prieto tests Pinto with a shot at his near post that his stopped by the goalkeepers legs!
The Argentinian picked up a slight injury when scoring his offside goal, and is replaced by Sergio Busquets.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA! NO ITS OFFSIDE! Gabriel Milito scores a diving header at the back post but it is given as offside! That looked extremely close!
The tempo of the game has increased and there is end to end football being played at the moment!
The attitude of the hosts in the second half has earned them a goal, they have worked very hard, but is there another goal in this game?
Assist Vadim Demidov
Goal D. Ifrán
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL SOCIEDAD!!!! The substitute Ifran makes an immediate impact after latching on to a loose ball in the Barcelona box to dink the ball over Pinto into the top corner!!!
Raul Tamudo looks out on his feet after all his courageous pressing and is replaced by Ifran as Lasarte adds some fresh legs to his side.
The home team get another corner kick opportunity as the crowd turn up the volume but Pinto manages to clear the ball with another terrific punch!
Lasarte's outfit are starting to get into the game a little more and are enjoying some play down the right hand side.
Good skill from Xabi Prieto to scoop the ball down the wing to Martinez but the right back was wrongly ruled as offside.
Barcelona make a substitution as Javier Mascherano comes on to replace Gerard Pique at the back.
And he almost is rewarded after firing a shot at goal that is just palmed away by Pinto!
Raul Tamudo is showing tremendous desire to retain possession and is constantly pressing the Barcelona defenders!
The Basques are enjoying a period of possession and the Anoeta crowd are starting to get behind their team!
Great defending from Dani Alves to intercept a cross that looked destined for the head of Anione Griezmann.
Patient play as always from Guardiola's men as they try and break down this Sociedad defence.
Yellow Card Dani Estrada
Lionel Messi's free kick goes straight into the arms of the grateful Bravo.
The visitors in a good position with a free kick after Estrada brings down Jeffren just outside the box.
The hosts have an opportunity right out of the blocks with a free kick from the right hand side deep in the Barcelona half, however Griezmann's attempt does not have enough pace and Pinto manages to clear the ball with a commanding punch.
The second half has kicked off and Real Sociedad will be hoping to get back into this match but they must aim to be have more quality when in possession. Barcelona will aim to continue their short passing and try and find further openings.
Half time in San Sebastian as Barcelona go in with a slight 1-0 advantage of Real Sociedad thanks to a Thiago goal. Can the home side come back from behind or will Barcelona drive on to victory? Join us in fifteen minutes to find out!
Dani Alves is just offside after a Xavi pass over the top. His trademark behind the defence almost gave Barcelona an opening.
There is a very scrappy midfield battle going on at the moment, with a lot of challenges flying in.
Sociedad with another set piece opportunity, this time from a central free kick. Pique does well to clear and the subsequent cross back in goes out for a corner kick. Good pressure from the home side!
The home side have moved further up the park now and are seeing the ball in the Barcelona half.
The Basques are having trouble getting out of their own half, it is wave after wave of Barcelona attacks at the moment!
Barcelona earn their first corner of the match and opt to play it short from Messi to Xavi, but Sociedad do well to defend and snuggle the ball away.
Barcelona's play is gradually making its way further up the park and as a result, Sociedad are playing a very deep defensive line.
Lasarte's men perhaps need to be a bit more patient when in possession of the ball, they are cheaply handing the ball back to Barcelona.
Goal Thiago Alcántara
GOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! Thiago brilliantly dinks the ball over Bravo after latching on to a pass through the middle from Xavi!
Wasteful from Afellay after doing well to get down the left hand wing but his left footed floated cross goes well over the heads of the Barcelona attackers.
Real Sociedad with a great opportunity to get the ball into the Barcelona box with a free kick from the left hand side but it is badly over hit by Griezmann and the away side get the goal kick.
La Real are doing well to stifle Barcelona's passing play at the moment, they are defending in numbers and are outnumbering the forward line.
Tenacious play from Raul Tamudo to chase down Gerard Pique but the Barcelona does well to draw a foul and Barcelona are awarded a free kick.
Barcelona are seeing a lot of the ball in the middle area of the park but they have not been able to affect the game in the final third as of yet.
HUUUUY! Real Sociedad almost go ahead with a floated in cross to Raul Tamudo that the striker slides just wide of the right hand post!
Montoya has unfortunately had to go off with an injury after the Raul Tamudo tackle and Dani Alves is his replacement.
Griezmann so close to going through on goal! his touch let him down at the vital moment and allowed Pique to intercept!
Yellow Card Raúl Tamudo
Good play from Barcelona rookie right back Montoya to drive down the right hand side to sucker Raul Tamudo into a sliding challenge which earned the Real Sociedad player the first booking of the match.
The home side are doing well to compete at the moment, Thiago and Xavi are not being allowed a lot of time on the ball.
Despite Barcelona resting many players, Xavi and Messi do start for Los Cules in an attempt to take advantage of Real Madrid's shock defeat to Real Zaragoza this afternoon.
Unlucky from Afellay as he just stings the gloves of Bravo with a whipped shot from the left hand side.
Barcelona get into their stride early, and are looking very comfortable in possession.
The game has kicked off and with Barcelona fielding a slightly weakened team, Real Sociedad will feel that they have a chance against the champions.
This is the first eleven of Barcelona: Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Milito, Fontás, Keita, Xavi, Thiago, Jeffren, Messi, Afellay.
The teams are in and this is how Real Sociedad will be lining up tonight: Bravo, Carlos Martínez, M.González, Demidov, Estrada, Rivas, Markel Bergara, Griezmann, Aranburu, Xabi Prieto, Tamudo.
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