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Barcelona v Real Sociedad Live Commentary, 07/03/2020

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Barcelona are next in action against Mallorca on the road next week, while Real Sociedad are away at Eibar on Tuesday.
Barcelona return to winning ways in LaLiga with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad courtesy of a controversial penalty from Lionel Messi at Camp Nou. Referee Juan Martinez Munuera gave the penalty against Robin Le Normand for handball after checking the screen at the side of the pitch as the ball struck his arm in an unnatural position when clearing a cross. Messi converted the kick and it proved to be enough for the win for the Catalan club to take them back to the top of the table.
90' + 6' VAR! Barcelona have a late goal overturned for offside as Fati is adjudged to be beyond the last man from Messi's throughball before he finds Alba for a tap-in from close range.
90' + 4' Sociedad have one final chance to knock the ball forward from a free-kick.
90' + 2' Alba raids forward on a counter and he clips a cross to the back post for Messi. However, he takes a poor first touch and allows it to run through towards Remiro.
90' + 1' Monreal makes another surging run down the left flank and he tries to force a low ball towards Willian Jose. Lenglet is there to force it behind for a corner at the near post.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
90' Monreal collects in space in the left inside channel, but he goes for the cutback rather than the shot and Pique makes the clearance.
Junior Firpo
M. Braithwaite
88' Firpo replaces Braithwaite for the closing stages of the contest.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
88' Busquets goes into the book for a foul on Odegaard.
87' Sociedad are still working to get a goal that would give them a deserved point. They're not out of this yet.
Ansu Fati
A. Griezmann
85' Griezmann makes way after an unconvincing display and is replaced by Fati.
84' Monreal goes down under pressure from Griezmann on the edge of the box, but the referee waves away his appeal for a free-kick.
Willian José
A. Isak
Real Sociedad
82' Willian Jose replaces Isak for the visitors.
L. Messi
Penalty Goal
81' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! MESSI CONVERTS!!!! 1-0 BARCELONA!!! The Argentine steps up from 12 yards and lifts his effort past Remiro with a slight chip to find the right corner of the net. A vital goal for the Catalan club.
Mikel Oyarzabal
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
80' Oyarzabal is booked for dissent against the referee.
79' PENALTY TO BARCELONA! The referee points to the spot as he adjudges Le Normand makes contact with the ball on his arm in an unnatural position.
78' VAR! The game is dragged back for an incident before Monreal's chance. The ball strikes Le Normand on the arm as he attempts to clear a cross from Vidal.
78' WIDE! Sociedad continue to threaten as Monreal pushes an effort past the post from close range after being teed up by Oyarzabal.
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
76' Guevara brings down Griezmann on the charge and goes into the book.
75' WHAT A CHANCE FOR SOCIEDAD! Barca lose the ball in the middle of the park and Odegaard releases Isak in the left inside channel. He has space and time to pick his spot, but smashes his left-footed effort wide of the post. He at least work Ter Stegen from that position.
A. Vidal
I. Rakitić
74' Rakitic is withdrawn for the home side as Vidal enters the action.
74' OVER! Oyarzabal is afforded space and time to connect with a strike from 20 yards, but he just blasts his effort over the bar.
73' Isak runs past Semedo on the left flank and he surges into the inside channel. He tries to sends a low ball towards Portu, but Pique stretches to stick out a boot to make a vital intervention. He had to make that stop.
72' Merino surges up field and offloads to Monreal on the left edge of the box. He goes for a strike that is charged down by Semedo, but travels behind for a corner.
Diego Llorente
Real Sociedad
71' Llorente makes way for Zubeldia for the visitors.
69' Barcelona are cranking up the pressure on the visitors, but they're just lacking a clinical edge in the final third.
67' CLOSE! Messi and Rakitic combine to open up the Sociedad defence. Alba collects on the left flank and tries to place a low ball across the face of goal. However, no player in red and blue is there to convert.
66' CHANCE! Barcelona keep the pressure on after two failed corners. Messi clips a cross into the middle from the right, but Pique sends his header straight at Remiro.
64' SAVE! Messi tries to weave his way into the box, only to be crowded out. However, the ball is deflected out to Rakitic in the right inside channel. He goes for a powerful drive at goal, only to see his effort saved by Remiro.
63' The contest remains in the balance midway through the second half. Both teams have had their openings.
Yellow Card
61' Pique is a fraction late on Merino and goes into the book. He's not happy with the decision.
60' CHANCE! Messi latches on to a header from Griezmann in front of goal. He has to be quick as Sociedad defenders close in, but he nods places his effort over the bar.
Mikel Oyarzabal
Real Sociedad
58' Barrenetxea makes way for Oyarzabal on the left flank.
58' OVER! Barrenetxea surges on the counter down the left flank and he cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but he can only blaze his effort over the bar.
57' Messi takes his free-kick, but the visitors put men all over the box to deal with the threat. Merino heads it clear on the penalty spot, much to the bemusement of the Argentine.
Mikel Merino
Yellow Card
Real Sociedad
56' Merino brings down Messi in the final third within shooting distance. He goes into the book for his troubles.
55' Isak runs at Pique and finds a yard to cut the ball back towards Odegaard. The midfielder should strike first time, but takes a touch and his second is a hurried effort that he slices wide of the target.
54' WIDE! De Jong and Alba combine to find Messi, who takes a touch to beat the challenge of Guevara before firing at goal on his right foot. He connects well with his strike, but his attempt swerves wide of the right post.
53' Griezmann breaks in behind the Sociedad backline, but he cannot find a path to goal. De Jong tries to clip a pass over the top for Semedo, only to see it travel out for a goal-kick.
51' Portu surges down the right flank and he sends a cross into the box, but Pique rises to head clear. He clutches his neck once again.
48' Portu skips past Lenglet's challenge and then gets wiped out by Busquets. The referee waves play on as the ball travels to Gorosabel, but he is unable to send a cross into the box as the ball deflects off Pique and back on to the full-back before travelling behind.
46' Barrenetxea lines up a drive from the edge of the box, but he cannot place his effort on target.
46' We're back underway at Camp Nou.
Barcelona are lacking a clinical edge once again in the final third. It has been an issue for the Catalan club throughout the campaign. Someone needs to take the burden off Messi, in particular Antoine Griezmann, who has been very quiet.
It's goalless at the break in the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi has had a couple of good openings at goal, but he has been unable to capitalise. At the other end, the visitors have had a couple of half-chances, but nothing too concerning for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
45' A concern for Barcelona as Pique is holding his neck after clearing the corner.
44' Gorosabel wins a battle for possession with Alba and surges to the byline. He tries to cut the ball back for Isak, but Pique diverts it behind for a corner.
L. Messi
Yellow Card
42' Messi goes into the book for a loose challenge on Merino.
40' WIDE! Alba sends a low cross into the box for Braithwaite and he nudges an offload towards De Jong. The Dutchman finds Messi with his first touch, but the Argentine can only place his left-footed strike wide of the left post.
37' Monreal cuts a low cross in from the left flank that Isak takes in stride, but he cannot force his strike through Lenglet.
35' Alba works the ball into the middle for Messi, who has space and time. However, he takes a poor first touch and loses out to Merino.
33' Portu comes within inches of latching on to a ball over the top when through on goal. However, he just cannot stretch to connect with the rising ball and Ter Stegen gathers.
31' Portu swings a cross to the back post for the run of Barrenetxea, but he can only nod a tame effort straight at Ter Stegen.
30' OVER! Rakitic bends the resulting corner in from the left flank, but Braithwaite can only head his effort harmlessly over the bar.
30' SAVE! Messi wins the ball from Gorosabel in the left corner and works the ball back towards the middle. Busquets clips a lofted pass over the top for the run of the Argentine, who stabs a strike towards goal. However, Remiro stands firm to make the stop.
29' WIDE! Alba works the ball to Rakitic on the edge of the box and he goes for a strike at goal, only to fire his right-footed effort wide of the post.
28' CHANCE! Merino sends a sublime throughball into the left inside channel for Barrenetxea. He clips a cross towards the near post for Isak, but he heads his effort high and wide of the target.
26' Messi tries to turn out of tight quarters and he gets the better of Monreal, but he cannot force a quality cross into the box.
24' Odegaard and Portu almost combine to release Gorosabel in the right inside channel, but Alba makes an important interception.
21' It's an entertaining contest at Camp Nou as both teams are keen to play expansive football, although they're lacking a cutting edge at the moment.
19' BLOCK! Isak runs at the Barca defence before striking at goal from the edge of the box, only to see his effort charged down by Pique.
17' OFFSIDE! Braithwaite latches on to a ball over the top from Alba, but is well offside. He finishes low into the bottom corner, but he was quite clearly beyond the last Sociedad defender.
C. Lenglet
Yellow Card
16' Lenglet wipes out Portu with a sliding challenge and goes into the book.
14' CHANCE! Messi works a pass into the feet of Braithwaite, who takes a sublime first touch. He goes a for a strike in the right inside channel, but scuffs it straight at Remiro.
12' The visitors are not backing down from the challenge and are looking to play their football. Although it could leave them exposed to Messi at the back.
10' SAVE! Messi releases Braithwaite into the left inside channel and he fires a low strike towards the near post, but Remiro makes the stop with his legs.
8' Odegaard is played into space down the right by Gorosabel. He tries to cut back and find Portu, but the home side get numbers back to quell the threat.
6' Llorente makes an important challenge on the slide to stop Messi releasing the run of Alba in the final third.
5' Ter Stegen almost plays the ball straight to Isak. Fortunately for the Barca keeper, the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.
4' Isak releases the run of Odegaard in the final third, but De Jong gets back to make the challenge, forcing a goal-kick.
1' We're underway at Camp Nou.
Barcelona have won each of their last 21 home LaLiga games against Real Sociedad, keeping a clean sheet in 12 of those matches. The last time the Basque side avoided defeat at Camp Nou in the competition was in April 1995 (1-1).
Sociedad have made six changes to their side that triumphed over Mirandes in the Copa del Rey. Gorosabel and Llorente start in the back four in place of Zaldua and Elustondo. Guevara, Barrenetxea and Portu earn the nod to play in the middle of the park, while Isak leads the line.
Barcelona have made three changes to their side that was beaten by Real Madrid last time out. Lenglet replaces Umtiti in the backline, while Braithwaite and Rakitic also come into the fold. Vidal drops to the bench, while there's no place for Arthur.
REAL SOCIEDAD SUBS: Joseba Zaldua, Igor Zubeldia, Willian Jose, Mikel Oyarzabal, Adnan Januzaj, Aihen Munoz, Miguel Angel Moya.
REAL SOCIEDAD (4-1-4-1): Alex Remiro; Andoni Gorosabel, Diego Llorente, Robin Le Normand, Nacho Monreal; Ander Guevara; Portu, Martin Odegaard, Mikel Merino, Ander Barrenetxea; Alexander Isak.
BARCELONA SUBS: Neto, Arturo Vidal, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Riqui Puig, Alex Collado, Ansu Fati.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite.
Sociedad have momentum on their side entering the fixture. They have won their last six matches on the bounce in all competitions, including their win over Mirandes last time out that booked their place in the final of the Copa del Rey. They remain sixth in the table and will have ideas of pushing towards a Champions League spot.
Barcelona have to get back on track following their 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico last week. The Catalan club could have extended their lead at the top of the table had they beaten Los Blancos. However, their loss has left them one point behind their rivals. Their draw against Napoli in the Champions League and El Clasico defeat has halted their good run of form. Quique Setien has to have his team ready from the off today.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.