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Barcelona vs Real Sociedad, La Liga: Live blog, updates, goals, highlights

Join us for Barcelona’s first La Liga adventure of the season!

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WELCOME BACK TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth opens its doors to Barcelona fans for the first time in 18 months when the Catalan giants welcome Real Sociedad for the opening match of the 2021-22 La Liga season.

A whole lot has happened since Barça fans last watched a game at Camp Nou, and the 20,000-plus expected for today’s game will not see the greatest player of all-time as they thought they would. It’s a new era without Lionel Messi, and it starts with a very tough game against one of the best teams in the league.

It’s time for new stars to emerge and it’s time for Barça to show they are still Barça — even without the GOAT. Vamos!


LIVE BLOG


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Neto; Dest, García, Piqué, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Griezmann, Braithwaite, Memphis (4-3-3)

Bench: Peña (GK), Arnau (GK), Araujo, Lenglet, Royal, Balde, Nico, Roberto, Puig, Gavi, Demir, Manaj

REAL SOCIEDAD

Starting XI: Remiro; Zaldua, Elustondo, Le Normand, Muñoz; Zubimendi, Merino, Silva; Januzaj, Oyarzabal, Portu (4-3-3)

Bench: Ayesa (GK), Pacheco, Gorosabel, Illarramendi, Guevara, Turrientes, Barrenetxea, Navarro, Bautista, Lobete


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2021-22 La Liga, Matchday 1

Date/Time: Sunday, August 15, 2021, 8pm CET (Barcelona), 7pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 11.30pm IST (India)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

VAR: José Luis González González

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: ABC (USA), TSN 4 (Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), MTV (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others

How to watch online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV (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, watch the 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!