Barcelona will have to wait another year to get a win at the Anoeta Stadium after a lucky 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad that feels like a victory. The Blaugrana played horribly for 90 minutes and should have lost, but Lionel Messi rescued a point that feels like eight, even though Real Madrid are now six points ahead at the top of the La Liga table.
Like all games in the stadium, Barça looked like a U-12 team playing against the world's best professional side. Sociedad completely dominated every single aspect of the match, and if it wasn't for Barça keeper Marc-André ter Stegen and some bad luck, they could have scored a goal or four.
Barça had less possession, the attack was meaningless and the team just didn't know what to do to cope with the pressure. At halftime, the performance was pathetic, and the Blaugrana needed a complete turnaround to pick up three points.
The visitors came back a little better, but Sociedad quickly made things tougher for Barça when William José scored the opening goal for La Real after a horrible mistake by Javier Mascherano and a poor effort by Gerard Piqué when trying to clear the ball away from the goal. The Blaugrana instantly responded, though, when Neymar found Messi with a perfect cross, and Leo tied the game with a great finish.
The game was wide open after the two quick goals, and both sides had very good scoring chances. Sociedad had a legitimate goal disallowed for a wrong offside call, and the win was right there for the taking. Nobody took it, however, and while the Anoeta curse continues, Barça will be quite happy to get a point, because it wasn't deserved.
Sociedad: Rulli | Martínez, Navas, Iñigo, Yuri | Xabi Prieto (Canales), Illarramendi, Zurutuza | Vela, José (Juanmi), Oyarzabal (Granero)
Goal: José (53')
Barcelona: Ter Stegen | Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba | Rakitic (Denis), Busquets, Gomes | Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Goal: Messi (59')