Real Sociedad 3 FC Barcelona 2

21 Jan

After an unbeaten first half of the league season Barça went down 3-2 to Real Sociedad at Anoeta this evening. As occurred in the same fixture last season Barça took an early 0-2 lead, through goals from Leo Messi and Pedro Rodriguez. Last season the game ended at 2-2, but tonight after Chory Castro had pulled a goal back for Real, Gerard Piqué was sent off in the 56th minute for a second yellow card and ten-man Barça failed to hold on as an unlucky own goal from Javier Mascherano and an injury time strike from substitute Imanol Agirretxe gave victory to the Basques.There were no surprises in Tito Vilanova’s line-up with arguably our best XI on show. Iniesta continued on the left while Alves and Puyol got the nod over Adriano and Mascherano in defence. Barça didn’t take long to see Real’s advanced defence with Iniesta chipping a ball through for Messi which you would normally expect him to bury, however, having darted into the area he pulled his left foot shot well wide of the far post.

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