That was a lucky escape for Barcelona. Real Sociedad created the better chances and perhaps should have been out of sight by the time Suarez netted the equaliser for the Catalans. Valverde got away with one. His starting lineup wasn't good enough, especially in the midfield.
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- 1st Half
Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona
Liga - 15 September 2018
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FULL TIME: Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona
This result will see Barcelona extend their 100% start to the 2018/19 La Liga season. They showed their vulnerabilities this afternoon, but Valverde will be pleased with 12 points from 12.
Barcelona look to have weathered the storm. Real Sociedad gave it a real go and created a couple of golden opportunities for Juanmi, but they might have run out of steam.
Just three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
This game isn't over yet. Barcelona are dropping back and Real Sociedad are really stepping things up in these final minutes. They are going for it with everything they've got.
SHOULD BE AN EQUALISER! Oh my word! That was the chance for the home side. Merino's reverse pass split open the Barca backline, but Juanmi sends his header wide of the far post.
- OffRubén PardoReal Sociedad
- OnLuca SangalliReal Sociedad
And Sangalli comes on to join him. Real Sociedad are going all out for this.
- OffAsier IllarramendiReal Sociedad
- OnMikel MerinoReal Sociedad
A double change for the home side. First it's Merino who comes on.
Let that serve as a warning to Barcelona. Their marking was dreadful on that last Real Sociedad chance. They need to keep things tight at the back for these final five minutes.
JUANMI WAS OFFSIDE! What a chance that was. Juanmi was picked out at the back post by an excellent cross, but Ter Stegen makes the save from close range. He was offside, though.
It's Barcelona who are pressing for the next goal. They recognise that a third goal would truly kill off this game as a contest. The Anoeta does funny things to Barca players.
Is there one last chance in this match for Real Sociedad? They have been kept quiet since the second Barcelona goal. They are not making as much progress on the counter.
MESSI OVER! Just for a moment it looked like Rulli in the Real Sociedad goal was in trouble, but Messi's effort from about 20 yards out rises and flashes over the crossbar.
You could never argue that this was Dembele's best performance in a Barcelona shirt, but he has made the difference once again for the Catalans. He's becoming such a big player.
- OffOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
- OnArturo VidalFC Barcelona
Here comes Vidal for Barcelona. The Chilean comes on to replace Dembele.
It could be argued that the introduction of Busquets is what really changed this game for Barcelona. They are so reliant on their midfield anchor. Is he as important as Messi?
- OffDavid ZurutuzaReal Sociedad
- OnJon BautistaReal Sociedad
A change for Real Sociedad as they look to stage a fightback in the final 15 minutes.
Barcelona are in control now. This is where they can just knock the ball around the midfield and around the Real Sociedad box and see out the game. Is this already game over?
Indeed, Rulli was shaky on both Barcelona goals. The Argentinean has so much potential, but he still has the potential to make mistakes in big games. Like this one.
So can Real Sociedad gather themselves and come back at Barcelona? They have had so many chances, they could have been out of sight in this second half. They really could have been.
You can argue whether Barcelona deserve to be ahead, but you have to admire the spirit that the Catalans have shown in this second half. What a turnaround. La Real look shocked.
- GoalOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 Barcelona 2 (65 mins - Ousmane Dembele). What a turnaround! Barcelona have flipped this game in the space of just a few minutes. This time Dembele rattles home a finish, pouncing on a loose ball from a corner kick to put Barcelona ahead!
How Real Sociedad must rue those three missed chances. They could have put the game out of sight, but instead they have now been pegged back by Barcelona.
- GoalLuis SuárezFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 Barcelona 1 (63 mins - Luis Suarez). A heartbreaker for La Real! They have had three golden opportunities in three minutes, but Suarez fires home from close range after a Rulli save from a Pique header. Barcelona are finally on level terms!
WHAT IS GOING ON? Barcelona are getting torn to shreds on the counter attack. Another one-on-one! Juanmi is played through, but Ter Stegen rushes out to make the save.
ANOTHER ONE-ON-ONE! Another HUGE chance for the home side. This time it's Theo who goes clear in on the Barcelona goal, but from a tight angle he strikes straight at Ter Stegen.
MESSI STRIKES! For the first time this afternoon Messi creates some space for the shot on the edge of the Real Sociedad box. But his low shot is straight at Rulli. Too straight.
WHAT A CHANCE! What an opportunity for Real Sociedad to make it 2-0. Pardo leads the counter attack and slips a pass through for Oyarzabal. But he blasts over the crossbar!
Rakitic had been playing in the Busquets role, so now Rakitic will be pushed further up the pitch with Rafinha coming off. This will be a more natural shape for the away side.
- OffRafinhaFC Barcelona
- OnSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
Another change for Barcelona and on comes Busquets for the Catalans.
So while Barcelona certainly look better on the ball, they still appear somewhat vulnerable at the back. Real Sociedad will attempt to play on the counter in this half.
PIQUE GETS IT AL WRONG! Oh dear. The Barcelona centre back holds up his hands to say sorry to Ter Stegen. His backpass put the keeper in trouble and a corner is conceded.
You get the feeling that this will be a long half for Real Sociedad. Barcelona are controlling things in the middle of the pitch, which is forcing the home side deep into their own half.
SUAREZ PENALTY CLAIM! The Barcelona striker believes that he should have been awarded a spot kick after what he saw to be a foul by Zaldua. But the ref waves away his claims.
Already, Barca look to be sharper in this second half than they were at any point of the first half. Coutinho is giving them a passing platform on the edge of the penalty area.
It wasn't surprising that Semedo was hooked at the half time break. The Portuguese full back was the source of many of the problems that Barcelona faced in the first 45 minutes.
Barcelona have a lot of work to do to save this game. Last season, they were two goals down at the Anoeta and scored four to fight back. Can they repeat the trick in this second half?
- OffNélson SemedoFC Barcelona
- OnPhilippe CoutinhoFC Barcelona
Valverde makes a change at the break and Coutinho comes on for Semedo.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at the Anoeta! Real Sociedad have a 1-0 lead over Barcelona.
What did you make of the first half at the Anoeta? Does Valverde need to make some changes at the break? Can Real Sociedad hold on for what would be another famous result over Barca? Tweet me!
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Sociedad 1-0 Barcelona. It's happening again! The curse of the Anoeta is striking again for Barcelona! Elustondo's volley is the difference between the two sides.
- Yellow cardAsier IllarramendiReal Sociedad
First yellow card of the match goes to Zurutuza for a foul on Umtiti.
NO PENALTY GIVEN! The officials come to the correct decision. Pique did go down inside the box, but he lost his balance and the referee points to the corner flag rather than giving the penalty.
VAR REVIEW! The officials are going to look at this with the VAR system. Barcelona believe that Zurutuza had a grip of Pique inside the box as a cross was played in. We wait...
Looks like Coutinho has been sent to warm up by Valverde? Does that mean we might see the former Liverpool playmaker brought on for the start of the second half?
It's all the more impressive when you remember that Real Sociedad are without some of their best players for this match. They aren't even playing with an out and out striker!
This has been pretty much the perfect performance from Real Sociedad in this first half against Barcelona. The Catalans just haven't been able to touch them so far. Impressive.
This hasn't been the usual tactile performance from Barcelona. Their passing game has been disrupted and instead they are just playing long or diagonal balls over the top.
It almost feels like Valverde needs to get his players into the dressing room at half time to give them a new game plan. Because whatever they are trying here isn't working.
JUST WIDE! That's the closest Barcelona have come to a goal in this first half. Dembele's corner kick found the head of Pique, but he could only direct his effort wide of the post.
Dembele has been in exceptional form over the early part of the season for Barcelona, but he is struggling so far this afternoon. This is more like the Dembele of last season.
It's also worth noting that while Real Madrid play Athletic Bilbao later this evening, Atletico Madrid drew at home to Eibar earlier this afternoon. They've had a poor start to the season.
Rafinha and Roberto are struggling to make their mark on this game. They need to take a grip of things in the centre of the pitch. Real Sociedad are overrunning them in there.
What is it about Real Sociedad that just gives Barcelona problems? It's surely down to more than just luck. The Catalans haven't even had a shot on goal in these opening 30 minutes.
It's just not happening for Messi at the moment. The Argentinean is cutting a frustrated figure right now. Barcelona are struggling to make an impression in the final third.
Barcelona are the team renowned for their youth academy, but 12 of Real Sociedad's squad are homegrown and seven of them are starting this afternoon. Very impressive!
Semedo has had a really poor first half so far. He has been active in an attacking sense, but Real Sociedad are finding it so easy to get in behind the Portuguese full back.
Barcelona are struggling to control things in the centre of the pitch. Is that down to the underwhelming nature of their midfield this afternoon? Rafinha, Roberto and Rakitic. Hmmm...
Valverde looks concerned with what he has seen from his team in the opening 20 minutes or so here. Real Sociedad aren't really playing a striker, but they are causing problems.
Real Sociedad looked to be in a bit of trouble as Suarez was played into the box by Messi. But his cross to the back post saw Dembele commit a foul as he went for the header.
HALF CHANCE! Juanmi will be bashful about that. The ball was played to the edge of the box for the Real Sociedad attacker, but he completely missed it as he took a swing.
Valverde will be unhappy with how Elustondo had so much space inside the penalty area to smash home that strike. Barcelona didn't do enough to win the freekick into the box.
One wonders if the Real Madrid players are watching this game. They too have a 100% record and are also in the Basque country this weekend. They face Athletic Club later tonight.
Well, well, well. The Anoeta has long been a difficult place for Barcelona to visit and that looks set to continue this afternoon. What a strike that was from Elustondo. Great goal.
- GoalAritz ElustondoReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Sociedad 1 (13 mins - Aritz Elustondo) Barcelona 0. The home side have the lead and what a goal! Real Sociedad win the knockdown from a freekick into the box and Elustondo smashes home a finish on the half volley! He beat Ter Stegen with power at the near post!
One of the areas Semedo needed to improve on last season was his final product, so Valverde will be pleased with what he saw from the Portuguese full back just a few moments ago.
GREAT BALL IN! Semedo gets to the byline and pulls back a cross for his teammates in the middle. But Zaldua was on hand to clear the danger under pressure from Suarez.
Real Sociedad finished 12th in the Spanish Liga table last season. That was their lowest finish since 2014, so they will be hoping to improve on that this season. Must do better.
Spain were in action against Croatia during the week, and England last week. Normally that would mean a lot of Barca players in action, but only one played against Croatia. So they should be fresh.
As you might expect, Barcelona have taken a grip of the possession early on. Real Sociedad are the ones having to sit back and soak up the pressure early on in this first half.
Messi didn't play for Argentina over the international break and so you would think that the Barcelona number 10 has plenty in his legs this afternoon. La Real should be afraid.
This is a depleted Real Sociedad team. They are without Jose and Januzaj for this match. Will that hinder them against the defending La Liga champions? We'll see...
Kick off was held up as Agirretxe bid farewell to the Real Sociedad fans. Injuries have forced him to retire at just 31. Such a shame. He has become an icon for this club.
- 1st Half
The match is under way at the Anoeta! It's Real Sociedad against Barcelona in La Liga.
About to get under way at the Anoeta!
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The two teams are in the tunnel ready to walk out on to the Anoeta pitch.
Not long until kick off at the Anoeta now. This has the potential to be a good one.
First team figure! Dembele had a difficult first season at Barcelona, but the French winger has become a key figure this season and keeps his place in the side for this game.
The Anoeta has long been something of a bogey ground for Barcelona. It has had some work done to it over the past year. So will the curse for the Catalans remain?
Barcelona have three from three to start the 2018/19 La Liga season, while Real Sociedad have four points from a possible nine to start the campaign. Will it be four from four for the Catalans?
Barca changes! Valverde has rotated his squad for this one, with Rafinha and Semedo playing for Barcelona. That means Roberto will play in midfield for the away side at the Anoeta.
TEAM NEWS: Real Sociedad - Rulli, Zaldua, Aritz, Moreno, Theo, Illarramendi, Zubeldia, Pardo, Oyarzabal, Juanmi, Zurutuza. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Roberto, Rafinha, Messi, Suarez, Dembele.
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