Barcelona vs Real Sociedad result: Late Lionel Messi penalty secures victory for Quique Setien’s side



Lionel Messi’s late penalty edged Barcelona to a 1-0 victory at home to Real Sociedad to ease the pressure on manager Quique Setien.

Thee 61-year-old, who replaced Ernesto Valverde in January, had come under fire after last weekend’s El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid, with reports in the Catalan media suggesting he had lost the support of the dressing room.

Sociedad posed a difficult test for Barca, buoyed by reaching the Copa Del Rey final in midweek, and Setien’s side had to wait until the 81st minute for a winner at the Nou Camp.


Messi stepped up to slot home from the spot after Robin Le Normand was adjudged by the video assistant referee to have handled in the area.

Victory sent Barcelona back to the LaLiga summit, two points clear of Real ahead of their trip to Real Betis on Sunday. Relive all the action below:



Real Madrid travel to Real Betis tomorrow. Kick off is at 8pm UK time and now they have to go there and win. 

Barcelona’s victory puts the pressure back on Real Madrid as the title fight for La Liga continues. 


Barcelona move back to the top of La Liga. They didn’t play well today and get very lucky with a dubious penalty decision. 

Real Sociedad threw all they had at Barcelona but didn’t score and didn’t capitalise on their momentum throughout the game. 

FULL TIME


Barcelona 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

90+7 mins: NO GOAL! Ansufati was offside so the goal doesn’t stand. That is insignificant becasue the full time whistle is blown and Barcelona win regardless.

GOAL!


Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Sociedad – Jordi Alba

90+5 mins: GOAL! Messi sends the ball into the box for Ansufati. He takes hold of the ball, cuts inside and passes to Alba who taps in to double the lead. VAR will check it. 


Barcelona 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

90+3 mins: Langlet heads the ball away as the corner comes in. Alba collects a long ball and crosses it in to Messi who’s waiting in the box. His first touch is poor and he gets blocked off from the ball. Can Sociedad create one more chance? 


Barcelona 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

90 mins: Real Sociedad win a corner at the death, there’ll be five minutes added time. 


Barcelona 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

87 mins: Braithwaite is replaced with Junior Firpo. The minutes are ticking down. Can Sociedad get an equaliser, it’s the least they deserve?


Barcelona 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

84 mins: Real Sociedad can feel aggrieved by that I think. Le Normand had no intention to handle the ball, he tries to head it and misjudges the flight of the ball. It hits his arm and bounces away. Sociedad were dominating the game up to that point.

Monreal collides with Griezmann and goes down in the area. The referee waves away the penalty shoot. Real Sociedad’s coaching staff are seething on the sidelines. 

GOAL!


Barcelona 1 – 0 Real Sociedad – Messi

81 mins: GOAL! Messi converts the penalty with a dinky shot to the left of the goalkeeper. Barcelona are off the hook.


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

79 mins: VAR is checking a possible penalty to Barcelona. When Vidal’s ball came into the box it hit Le Normand’s arm and bounced to Messi. 

The referee goes over to the screen and decides: PENALTY to Barcelona!


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

78 mins: Messi sends a free kick into the box and it is headed out to Vidal. He puts the ball back into the box and it comes to Messi. Messi shoots but has the shot blocked. We’re getting to the closing stages of the game. Barcelona need to win to keep the pressure on Real Madrid but Real Sociedad look the more likely to score.


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

75 mins: Vidal comes on to replace Rakitic.

Isak is played into the box, he sets himself and puts his foot through the ball, spanking it well over the crossbar. That was a big chance missed.


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

72 mins: Monreal wins a corner as his shot is deflected behind. The corner ball comes into the box but it is headed away. 


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

66 mins: Barcelona are getting closer. Messi plays a one-two with Rakitic and goes on a run past three defenders. He plays the ball into the box for Jordi Alba. Alba takes a moment to decide what to do and then plays the ball across the six-yard box for Rakitic. He throws himself at the ball but misses it.


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

63 mins: Remiro denies Rakitic! Messi tries to run the ball into the middle of the box but he runs into two defenders. The ball bounces off Griezmann and sits up for Rakitic to drill one at goal. Remiro sees it early and palms the ball behind for a corner.


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

60 mins: It’s not quite falling for Messi. The cross comes ino the box from the right, Griezmann heads the ball up in the air before winning another header and knocking it down for Messi. Messi shoots but puts the ball over the goal.


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

57 mins: Merino picks up a yellow card for body checking Messi. Barcelona have a free kick in a dangerous area. 25-yards out from goal, Messi takes the free kick and Merino heads the ball clear. 


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

54 mins: The ball is floated over the top to Griezmann and he passes it back to Messi. Messi find De Jong who attempts to curl one into the corner but misses the goal. 

Messi comes close as well. De Jong sends the ball wide to Jordi Alba, who cuts it inside to Messi. He puts the ball onto his right foot and shoots but misses. 


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

51 mins: Portu crosses the ball in from the right. Pique heads the ball away and clutches his neck, he may have a problem there. Much like the first half Real Sociedad have started the second 45 minutes quickly. 


Barcelona 0 – 0 Real Sociedad

48 mins: Portu is sent down the right wing. He bombs forward and gets past Langlet. Busquets slides in but Portu manages to get the ball to Gorosabel but Pique blocks him off and the ball goes out for a goal kick. 

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