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Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelona: Barça’s lost League leadership in a painful defeat (3-1)

FC Barcelona are no longer the Spanish League leaders. Barça suffered their third league defeat of the season against Real Sociedad (3-1) on Saturday evening. It was a grim night for Barça, who were chasing the game for most of the 90 minutes and never looked comfortable against a Real Sociedad who were lethal on the break. The defeat leaves Barça three points behind Real Madrid, who top the table. Gerardo Martino made six changes to the team who won in Manchester on Tuesday, with Song playing as the holding midfielder and  Busquets in an inside right role, whilst Xavi and Cesc started on the bench and Montoya, Bartra, Adriano and Neymar were back in the starting line up .

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23 February 2014 11:36 AM

by

Roger Bogunyà

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça are no longer the Spanish League leaders after the team’s third defeat of the season – 3-1 against Real Sociedad at Anoeta this Saturday evening. It was a grim night for Barça, who were chasing the game for most of the 90 minutes and never looked comfortable against a Real Sociedad who were lethal on the break. The defeat leaves Barça three points behind Real Madrid, who top the table.


Gerardo Martino made six changes to the team who won in Manchester on Tuesday, with Song playing as the holding midfielder and  Busquets in an inside right role, whilst Xavi and Cesc started on the bench and Montoya, Bartra, Adriano and Neymar were back in the starting line up .

Whether it was all the changes, or Real’s good performance, Barça looked off the pace form the off, enjoying plenty of possession, but without creating much danger, as Real began to create chances on the break through Vela and Griezmann.

The hosts got their reward on the half hour when Elustondo and Song bundled in a cross from the right from  Vela, but Barça hit back immediately with a carefully crafted Messi strike from the edge of the box. 

Worse was to come at the break for Barça, when Martino was shown a red card in the tunnel and the second half was even grimmer, with Real’s speedy causing all kinds of problems, culminating in a Griezmann goal on 54 minutes and five minutes later a third from Zurutuza, ghosting in at the far post to beat Valdes,

Barça were unable to come back from that double blow and even tough Martino pulled Martino off and switched to a three man defence, they couldn’t break down the well organised Real back line.

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  • Neymar at the game against Real Sociedad (by FC Barcelona)

  • Neymar at the game against Real Sociedad (by FC Barcelona)