FULL-TIME, Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: Very nervous there in the final minutes but Barça have seen this through against a really good team. We’re top of the table again until Real Madrid play Real Betis on Sunday night, and this was a better overall performance than we saw in Naples and at the Bernabéu. Progress.
96min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Jordi Alba thought he’d scored a second for Barça but the goal was disallowed by VAR as Ansu Fati was offside in the buildup.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (Messi 81’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Lionel Messi buries his spot kick and Barça are finally ahead!
PENALTY FOR BARÇA!!! After video review it is determined that Le Normand hit the ball with his hand and Barça have a chance to take the lead!
75min: Mikel Oyarzabal has changed the game since coming on, with a change of formation from Sociedad that’s giving them an advantage in midfield and leading to a couple of dangerous chances for the visitors.
60min: Both teams working hard and not giving up too much space, but Messi has had two more chances — and missed both. Wasteful night in front of goal so far for the captain.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: And we’re back! Come on, boys, let’s find a winner!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: Very even matchup so far between two quality teams, but Barça have had the better chances. Messi and Braithwaite are looking for each other and something good happens every time they link up.
30min: Dominant stretch from Barça and a few good chances as Messi and Braithwaite are starting to find spaces in the Sociedad defense.
15min: After a tricky start Barça are starting to look dangerous everytime Martin Braithwaite touches the ball. Great start for the Dane.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: And we’re underway at Camp Nou! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Braithwaite (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Umtiti, Firpo, Vidal, Riqui Puig, Collado, Ansu Fati
Starting XI: Remiro; Gorosabel, Le Normand, Llorente, Monreal; Guevara; Portu, Odegaard, Merino, Barrenetxea; Isak (4-1-4-1)
Bench: Moyá (GK), Zubeldia, Zaldua, Muñoz, Januzaj, Oyarzabal, Willian José
WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth opens its doors again for a big Barcelona match, and today the two-time defending La Liga champions welcome Real Sociedad for a crucial league game. Barça need a response after the loss in El Clásico, while La Real come into this one full of confidence and ready to cause a big upset in Catalonia. This should be a great match, and you’re welcome to join us for another Barcelona La Liga adventure! LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 27
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 2020, 6.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 5.30pm GMT (UK), 12.30pm ET, 9.30am PT (USA), 11pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
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