FULL-TIME, Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad: MY GOD, THIS WAS NERVOUS. But we got the win, and that’s all that matters. Nine points clear, five games left. The title is getting closer. Good job, boys.
GOAL!!!!!!! Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad (Alba 64’): BARÇA GO AHEAD AGAIN!!! Lionel Messi finds Jordi Alba in the box, and the full-back scores a really good goal with his right foot. There was a VAR review for a possible offside, but the goal stands.
GOAL, Barcelona 1-1 Real Sociedad (Juanmi 62’): Sociedad equalize. Great through ball by Mikel Merino and Juanmi gets to the ball before Ter Stegen and finds the back of the net. This is now officially nervous.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: Come on, boys! Let’s finish the job!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: Barça were the best team on the pitch and deserved a goal, and they eventually got it through Lenglet. Now it’s about finishing the job and getting the win.
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (Lenglet 45’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Ousmane Dembélé takes a corner and the ball finds Clément Lenglet, who scores a beautiful header to give Barça the edge just before halftime.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: Come on, boys! Please don’t give me a heart attack.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé (4-3-3)
Bench: Cillessen, Umtiti, Roberto, Busquets, Aleñá, Coutinho, Malcom
Starting XI: Rulli; Zaldua, Llorente, Elustondo, Muñoz; Zubeldía, R. Pardo; Juanmi, Merino, Oyarzabal; Willian José (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Moyá, Gorosabel, Bautista, Raúl Navas, Sangalli, Sandro, Barrenetxea
WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is ready to welcome everyone for another Barcelona adventure as the La Liga leaders play an important match against Real Sociedad. The Blaugrana need nine points to win the title and could become champions as soon as next week, so they need a victory here to wrap up the league and focus on the Champions League semifinals. This is a big game, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!
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Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 33
Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 12.15am IST (India, Sunday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Pablo González Fuertes
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1, ITV 4 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar Partidazo (Spain), others
How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), ITV Hub (UK), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!