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L. Messi
Jordi Alba
1 - 6
Carlos Fernández
1 - 5
O. Dembélé
Ilaix Kourouma
0 - 5
L. Messi
Sergio Busquets
0 - 4
S. Dest
0 - 3

Match Stats

31% 68%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 10
Total Passes 333 746
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 35 23 8 4 61 22 +39 77 D W L W W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 36 23 7 6 83 36 +47 76 D D W L W
3 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 35 22 9 4 60 26 +34 75 D W D W D
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 35 22 5 8 51 29 +22 71 D L W W W
5 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 35 15 11 9 53 35 +18 56 W L W W L
6 Real Betis BET Real Betis 35 15 9 11 45 47 -2 54 W D D D D
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 35 13 13 9 53 42 +11 52 L W L L W
8 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 35 12 11 12 50 53 -3 47 W W W L D
9 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 35 11 13 11 46 38 +8 46 D W D W D
10 Granada GRA Granada 35 13 6 16 44 57 -13 45 L L W L W
11 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 36 11 11 14 36 45 -9 44 W D L L W
12 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 36 11 10 15 33 53 -20 43 L W W D L
13 Levante LEV Levante 36 9 13 14 43 53 -10 40 D D L L L
14 Valencia VAL Valencia 35 9 12 14 46 51 -5 39 W L D L D
15 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 36 8 11 17 32 54 -22 35 W D L D W
16 Getafe GET Getafe 35 8 10 17 26 41 -15 34 L L W L D
17 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 35 5 16 14 32 49 -17 31 L D D D D
18 Huesca HUE Huesca 35 6 12 17 33 52 -19 30 L W L L L
19 Elche ELC Elche 36 6 12 18 29 54 -25 30 L L L W D
20 Eibar EIB Eibar 35 6 11 18 27 46 -19 29 W W L L L


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Real Sociedad have to pick themselves up for their next outing when they take on Athletic Bilbao in the delayed 2019/20 Copa del Rey final. Barcelona are next in action after the international break against Real Valladolid at Camp Nou on April 5. 
Barcelona have produced a clinic in precision play in the final third to hammer Real Sociedad 6-1 in their LaLiga clash this evening. Lionel Messi marked his record-breaking appearance for the Catalan club with a brace, while Sergino Dest also notched two goals. Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele too found the back of the net for the visitors. Ander Barrenetxea scored a stunning consolation goal for Sociedad, but it was a night to forget for Imanol Alguacil's men. Barcelona close within a point of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with their fifth win on the bounce in the league.
Carlos Fernández
Yellow Card
90' + 4' Fernandez is booked for catching Lenglet late as he tries to attack a loose ball in the Barca box.
90' + 2' Barca have produced an emphatic performance tonight to send a message to Atletico at the top of the table.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
Jordi Alba
89' Alba plays a sublime one-two with Trincao before teeing up Messi to fire home.
L. Messi
89' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MESSI NOTCHES A SIXTH BARCELONA GOAL!!!! 6-1!!!! Barca cut the home side apart with an intricate passing move that is finished by Messi, who scores his second of the game. Messi sends Alba down the left inside channel and he works a pass back to Trincao. The midfielder releases the Spaniard once again. His cutback is met by Messi in the middle, who drills a left-footed strike past Remiro.
M. Braithwaite
Yellow Card
88' Braithwaite catches Le Normand with a stray arm in an aerial duel. The forward goes into the book.
87' Fernandez makes a dilligent turn in the final third and carves out space for a strike, but he fires his effort straight at Ter Stegen.
86' Bautista turns on the edge of the box after collecting a pass from Barrenetxea, but he sends his effort wide of the left post.
Riqui Puig
A. Griezmann
85' Puig comes on for Griezmann in the final third to see out the game.
S. Dest
84' Dest is withdrawn after his two-goal performance and Trincao comes on to the field.
Jon Bautista
A. Isak
83' Bautista replaces Isak for the final seven minutes of the contest.
M. Sagnan
83' Sagnan comes on to replace Zubeldia for the home side at the back.
82' Messi plays Griezmann down the right inside channel with a neat offload. The Frenchman tries to pick out the run of the Argentine in the box, but his cross is blocked by Le Normand.
80' Messi goes for goal from the resulting free-kick, but he hammers his effort straight into the wall.
M. Braithwaite
O. Dembélé
79' Braithwaite replaces Dembele for the closing stages of the contest.
Yellow Card
79' Zubeldia goes into the book for a lunge on Dembele.
Carlos Fernández
77' Fernandez offloads into space for Barrenetxea before the full-back finishes in style with a fine effort.
77' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! BARRENETXEA GETS A GOAL BACK!!!! 5-1! The home side have a consolation goal courtesy of a stunning effort from Barrenetxea. He runs down the right flank and plays a one-two with Fernandez to reach the edge of the box. The full-back lines up a blast on his right foot that soars past Ter Stegen and into the top-left corner.
73' SAVE! Januzaj drops his shoulder with a move in from the right flank. He opens up space to shoot on his left foot, but curls his strike straight at Ter Stegen.
Carlos Fernández
Martín Zubimendi
72' Fernandez makes his way on to the field to replace Zubimendi for the home side.
Ilaix Kourouma
71' Moriba sends a simple offload to his right to Dembele, who does the rest with a precise finish into the bottom-right corner.
O. Dembélé
71' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! DEMBELE SCORES THIS TIME!!!!! 5-0 BARCELONA!!!!! The Catalan club have been rampant tonight and Dembele gets on the scoresheet with a crisp finish. He collects a pass from Moriba and charges at the Sociedad defence. The home side back off the Frenchman and allow him all the room in the world to strike a fine left-footed effort past Remiro.
70' Isak makes a good break down the right flank and he offloads back to Barrenetxea. He rolls a pass to Oyarzabal, but the forward is dispossessed by Moriba.
Ilaix Kourouma
68' Moriba makes his way on to the field in place of Pedri. 
R. Araújo
Sergio Busquets
67' Araujo replaces Busquets, who was booked in the first half.
66' DISALLOWED GOAL! Dembele latches on to a Messi offload and hammers a right-footed strike past Remiro, but his effort is disallowed for offside. It was mere inches that denied the Frenchman, if that. VAR have a look at the incident, but the forward was beyond the last defender.
64' Barca are in cruise control at the moment. They're knocking the ball around the pitch at their leisure. It has been a great performance from the visitors.
62' Dembele almost latches on to a Messi flick over the top, but Zubimendi nods the ball back to Remiro before the Frenchman can connect with an overhead kick in the box.
61' Barrenetxea comes on to the field for Gorosabel.
A. Januzaj
61' Januzaj replaces Portu for the home side in the final third.
59' SAVE! Dest clips a ball over the top for Dembele to chase in the right inside channel. He tries to force a strike in at the near post, but Remiro deflects it behind with a firm boot. The Sociedad defence are all over the place.
L. Messi
56' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MESSI MAKES IT FOUR!!!!!! BARCELONA ARE ON FIRE!!!!! Busquets clips a sublime ball over the top and Messi produces the finish. The Spaniard is allowed to pick his spot with an arcing pass over the top of the Sociedad defence. Messi makes the run in behind and nudges an effort past the onrushing Remiro with his left foot. All too easy for the Catalan club. Messi marks his record-breaking appearance with a goal.
Sergio Busquets
56' Busquets lifts a sublime ball over the top for Messi to pursue and score.
55' Sociedad have been cut open too easily by the visitors, especially down the left flank. Alba has been responsible for two of Barca's three goals with great runs and crosses into the box.
S. Dest
53' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! DEST HAS HIS SECOND!!!! BARCELONA 3-0!!!!! The visitors notch a third goal to surely take the game away from Sociedad. Barca produce a sublime team move that results in Pedri releasing Alba down the left flank. He breaks past two defenders before placing a low ball across the face of goal. Dest is there to attack it with his left foot, steering a strike into an empty net.
50' Messi threads the needle to release Dembele down the right flank. The Frenchman twists and turns, but loses out to Le Normand as he tries to fire at goal.
48' Isak surges down the left flank and beats the challenge of De Jong. He sends a dangerous low ball across the face of goal, but there's no blue and white shirt attacking the delivery in the middle.
47' Barca pressure the home side on the edge of the box, but the Sociedad defence holds firm, blocking a strike from distance from Lenglet in the process.
46' We're back underway in this LaLiga clash.
Sociedad were undone by two pieces of incisive play from the Catalan club. The home side have had chances of their own, but Alexander Isak has been denied twice by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. It's going to take something special for Imanol Alguacil's men to get back into this game.
Barcelona hold a 2-0 lead at the break in their LaLiga clash against Real Sociedad. Antoine Griezmann put the Catalan club ahead against his former club, pouncing on a rebound from close range. Sergino Dest then notched a second before the break with a precise finish following a sublime offload from Lionel Messi. Barca are on course for another victory this evening.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' Lenglet brings down Portu on the right flank, but the visitors are able to clear the danger from his delivery into the box. Le Normand then fouls Busquets as he tries to hook a pass back into the middle.
L. Messi
43' Messi runs with menace at the Sociedad backline and sends a precise pass for Dest to latch on to and score.
S. Dest
43' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DEST FINISHES IN STYLE!!!! 2-0 BARCELONA!!!! The wing-back makes a good run into the right-inside channel and blasts a low strike past Remiro. Messi runs at the Sociedad defence and slides a perfect throughball into space of Dest to collect and pick his spot with a low drive into the bottom-left corner.
42' Zubeldia appears to be okay to continue for the home side after treatment.
41' Zubeldia and Dembele battle for possession, and the Frenchman catches the Sociedad defender on the back of the ankle. Zubeldia requires treatment on the pitch.
39' CHANCE! Isak almost responds for the home side, but is denied by a sharp stop from Ter Stegen. The Barca keeper makes the initial mistake as he loses possession with a stray offload to De Jong. Merino tees up Isak, who fires at goal on his right foot towards the bottom-left corner. Ter Stegen atones for his error as he reacts with a firm right hand to divert it away from goal.
A. Griezmann
37' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! GRIEZMANN CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 1-0 BARCELONA!!! The Frenchman scores against his former club smashing home a strike on the rebound. Alba sends a dangerous delivery into the middle that Dembele fires at goal. Remiro makes a fine reaction stop, but the ball bounces into the path of Griezmann. He makes no mistake finding the back of the net with his left foot from six yards.
36' OFF THE BAR! Dest hangs a dangerous cross into the box that Remiro has to tip on to the bar. Zubimendi has to react to clear ahead of Dembele on the rebound.
35' Portu makes a great surge on the counter for Sociedad down the right flank. He surges inside to look for Isak with a chipped pass, but De Jong blocks the offload. Sociedad claim it was with his hand, and they were right. However, there's nothing the Dutchman could do about it.
34' BLOCK! Alba makes a run down the left flank and clips a cross back to Pedri on the edge of the box. The midfielder takes a touch before firing at goal, but his effort is blocked by Zubeldia.
32' Busquets has to be careful as he fouls Merino in the middle of the park having already been booked.
31' Dest does well down the right to beat two challenges before being pulled back by Le Normand. Despite the perceived foul, the referee play on even after he loses possession. The Barca man is furious.
29' MIngueza makes a break forward from the back and tries to play in Dembele, but his offload deflects off Le Normand and out for a throw-in.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
27' Isak takes a step past Busquets and the midfielder brings him down. The Barca man goes into the book for the challenge.
24' SAVE! Isak comes close to breaking the deadlock. He breaks down the left flank to latch on to Merquelanz's pass and brushes De Jong off the ball. Isak runs into the left inside channel and skips past Mingueza before seeing a right-footed strike saved by Ter Stegen.
23' Messi finds space in the final third and he tries to run at the Sociedad defence. Zubeldia gets back at the Argentine to make the decisive tackle.
21' Portu tries to surge forward down the right flank for the home side before cutting in on his left foot. However, low cross into the middle evades Oyarzabal and Isak, travelling into the hands of Ter Stegen.
19' Barca have not been able to break into their stride this evening, but have not been troubled at the back themselves. Koeman will be satisfied with proceedings at the moment.
17' Busquets sends a pass towards Messi, who turns to fire at goal from the edge of the box. His effort is deflected by Le Normand, and Remiro tries to stop it travelling out for a corner. He succeeds, but pushes the ball back into a dangerous area. Fortunately for the Sociedad keeper, Le Normand reacts first to clear.
15' There has not been a great deal of tempo to the contest in the opening 15 minutes. Barca are doing all of the pressing with the home side content to sit back and play on the counter.
13' Messi tries to force his way through traffic in the final third, but Zubimendi clears off the arm of the Argentine, earning a free-kick for the home side.
11' Alba works the ball to Messi on the edge of the box and he takes a strike on his right foot, only to place his effort straight at Remiro.
Martín Zubimendi
Yellow Card
9' Zubimendi trips Dembele on the charge and goes into the book.
8' Pedri tries to weave his way through the Socieded defence, but is halted by a good challenge from Zubeldia.
6' Griezmann catches Oyarzabal with a boot on the foot, and the Sociedad forward feels the affects. He limps around the pitch for a few seconds after the fact.
6' Merino turns in the final third and surges down the left flank. He arcs a cross to the back post, only to overhit his delivery out for a goal-kick.
4' Messi tries to arc a cross to the back post for Alba to chase, but the full-back moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside.
2' Messi clips a ball over the top for Dest to chase down the right. However, he handles the ball in the area and gives away a free-kick.
1' We're underway in this LaLiga clash.
Real Sociedad have not won any of their last nine games against Barcelona in LaLiga (D2 L7), since a 1-0 win in April 2016 thanks to Mikel Oyarzabal´s goal.
Messi becomes Barcelona's all-time leader in appearances this evening as he breaks his tie with Xavi, earning his 768th appearance for the Catalan club. Barca are unchanged from their win over Huesca last time out, with Messi, Dembele and Griezmann leading the line. De Jong may drop into a back three alongside Mingueza and Lenglet, allowing Dest and Alba to push forward as wing-backs.
Sociedad have made four changes to their side from their defeat to Granada. Imanol is without David Silva and Aihen Munoz, while Illarramendi and Januzaj drop to the bench. Merquelanz, Portu, Guevara and Zubimendi come into the fold for the home team this evening.
BARCELONA SUBS: Ronald Araujo, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite, Riqui Puig, Neto, Trincao, Matheus Fernandes, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Ilaix Moriba, Arnau Tenas.
BARCELONA (4-3-3) Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann.
REAL SOCIEDAD SUBS: Asier Illarramendi, Carlos Fernandez, Adnan Januzaj, Modibo Sagnan, Ander Barrenetxea, Jon Bautista, Roberto Lopez, Unai Marrero. 
REAL SOCIEDAD (4-4-2): Alex Remiro; Andoni Gorosabel, Igo Zubeldia, Robin Le Normand, Martin Merquelanz; Portu, Ander Guevara, Martin Zubimendi, Mikel Merino; Mikel Oyarzabal, Alexander Isak.
Barcelona have rounded into form to make a surge towards the top of LaLiga. The Catalan club are unbeaten in their last 17 league matches, winning 11 out of their last 12 games. Ronald Koeman's men begin the evening four points behind Atletico Madrid at the top, but a win on the road against Sociedad would put the pressure right back on their rivals. Barca are very dangerous at the moment in the league.
Real Sociedad saw a seven-game unbeaten run in LaLiga ended last time out in a 1-0 defeat to Granada on the road. Imanol Alguacil's men are currrently 10 points off the pace in a bid for Champions League football. The club enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, but since December they've gradually slid down the table. Sociedad need victories to propel themselves back into contention and a win over Barca would send out a strong statement.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Real Sociedad and Barcelona at the Reale Arena.