This match has had just about everything, but it now looks like Barcelona will start their La Liga season with three points. They have been the better team on the whole!
- 2nd Half
- Le Normand78'
- de JongRoberto71'
- DestEmerson Royal71'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
FC Barcelona - Real Sociedad
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- GoalSergi RobertoFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 4 (90+2 mins - Sergi Roberto) Real Sociedad 2. This time, Barcelona definitely have the points in the bag! Braithwaite showed great pace to burst to the byline and find Roberto at the back post with an excellent cross. The substitute had the simple task of finishing into the net from close range!
There will be five minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
- OffMemphis DepayFC Barcelona
- OnClément LengletFC Barcelona
Koeman makes a change with Lenglet coming on for Memphis - Barca going to five at the back!
Can Real Sociedad create one last opportunity to snatch a point from this game? They looked down and out at 3-0, but have given themselves a real chance of a result!
- OffSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
- OnNico GonzalezFC Barcelona
Nico Gonzalez comes on for Busquets. There are high hopes at the Camp Nou for this youngster!
- GoalMikel OyarzabalReal Sociedad
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 3 Real Sociedad 2 (85 mins - Mikel Oyarzabal). A screamer! Wow! What a strike from Oyarzabal who finds the top corner of the net with a freekick strike from 25 yards out! This game is alive again! Barcelona have five minutes or so to hold on! La Real are giving this a go!
- OffAritz ElustondoReal Sociedad
- OnJon PachecoReal Sociedad
Pacheco has also been introduced for Real Sociedad off the bench!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 3 Real Sociedad 1 (83 mins - Julen Lobete). Real Sociedad have got one back, but it is surely only a consolation goal at this stage of the match! The pass was played in behind Emerson and Lobete did well to guide the finish back across goal and into the far corner of the net!
- Yellow cardRobin Le NormandReal Sociedad
Le Normand is the latest player to be shown a yellow card.
The biggest question for Barcelona this season as they move on from the Messi era is - where will the goals come from? They don’t have a player who will score a guaranteed 20+ goals.
There are so many problems currently being experienced at Barcelona that it can be easy to overlook how Koeman’s team still managed to make progress in some areas last season.
If Koeman can build his team around the young talent at the Camp Nou, Barcelona can still look forward to a successful and enjoyable season. There is the core of something good.
PEDRI... over! That was a good chance for the teenager to find the back of the net, but his strike from the edge of the box is tipped over the crossbar by Remiro. Decent effort!
- OffFrenkie de JongFC Barcelona
- OnSergi RobertoFC Barcelona
Another change and here's Roberto for the home side.
Griezmann had a decent summer with France at Euro 2020. There were reports that Barcelona were open to selling the forward, but nobody was willing to take on his huge wages!
This season will be Griezmann’s big chance to make this Barcelona team his own. There was often a suggestion that the Frenchman struggled to play in the same side as Messi.
- OffSergiño DestFC Barcelona
- OnEmerson RoyalFC Barcelona
A change for Barcelona and it's Emerson who comes on for the final 20 minutes.
There was speculation that Aguero could be on his way out of Barcelona just weeks after he joined following the shock exit of Messi. Aguero signed for Barca to play alongside his friend.
Barcelona’s financial issues meant that they couldn’t register their summer signings with La Liga until yesterday, when it was announced Pique had taken a pay cut to make it possible.
The signing of Memphis suggests Koeman wants to make his frontline more fluid. The former Manchester United forward doesn’t stick to one area of the pitch - he moves all over the place.
Memphis could be a key figure for Barcelona this season. Koeman persisted in trying to sign the Dutchman and has looked pretty impressive in the friendlies he has played, and here too!
- Yellow cardAihen MuñozReal Sociedad
And a booking for Munoz as well!
- Yellow cardAritz ElustondoReal Sociedad
Elustondo is shown a yellow card by the referee.
That should be game over for Barcelona. That third goal came at a point in the match when Real Sociedad were starting to impose their own game on the contest. 3-0 now.
- GoalMartin BraithwaiteFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 3 (60 mins - Martin Braithwaite) Real Sociedad 0. Braithwaite grabs his second of the game and Barcelona have three! That should be the points in the bag for the Catalans! Memphis played Alba to the byline, Remiro palmed out his cross into the middle and the Dane was on hand to finish!
Pique enters the referee's book for a foul on the halfway line
PICTURE: Presidente Pique!
Barcelona need to be careful here. They are in control of the match at 2-0 and have played well, generally speaking, but their issue last season was they allowed teams back into games.
Good chance! Oyarzabal gets across his man at the front post to get on the end of a cross, but he can only head wide of the target. Real Sociedad look a bit better in the second half!
Sergio Aguero will have to wait for his competitive Barcelona debut. The Argentine striker suffered a calf injury in pre-season and is now expected to be sidelined for the next 10 weeks.
Dembele, ter Stegen and Mingueza are also out through injury for Barcelona. All three players were first team figures for Koeman last season, so they will be missed.
Alba should have scored! A one touch move releases Alba through on goal, but the Barcelona left back puts his shot wide of the post. Alba might well have been offside, though...
PICTURE: Pique opened the scoring!
GOOOOOOOOO... NO! Griezmann has the ball in the back of the net following a low finish, but the French forward was quite clearly offside and the flag is eventually raised.
- OffDavid SilvaReal Sociedad
- OnJon BautistaReal Sociedad
And the second change sees Bautista introduced for the start of the second half.
- OffAdnan JanuzajReal Sociedad
- OnAnder BarrenetxeaReal Sociedad
A double change for the away side at the start of the second half - Barrenetxea is on!
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Barcelona have a 2-0 lead over Real Sociedad in this La Liga fixture!
HALF TIME: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad. Nobody was really sure what to expect from Barca this evening, but that was an excellent first half showing by the Catalan hosts!
- GoalMartin BraithwaiteFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 2 (45+2 mins - Martin Braithwaite) Real Sociead 0. It's a second Barcelona goal right at the end of the first half and it's Braithwaite! Garcia won the ball high up the pitch, De Jong picked it up and played the ball to the back post where the Dane was waiting to head home! Barca 2-0 up!
Memphis has been the best player on the pitch in this first half. Not only is the Netherlands international providing flair in the attack, he is tracking back on the defensive side.
There will be just two minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
This is much better from Real Sociedad, although it could be the case that Barcelona are pressing less. They have taken their foot off the gas towards the end of the first half.
Most notably, Ansu Fati is still on the sidelines for Barcelona. He could make a big difference for the club in the post-Messi age. The teenager has the potential to fill that void at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona have no shortage of injury problems at the moment. Indeed, they currently have FIVE first team figures sidelined, and this is when players are meant to be most rested!
PICTURE: Pique headed home the opener!
After a pretty poor start to the match, Real Sociedad have settled. Barcelona are still in control of things, but the away side don't look so shaky in defence at the moment.
Pedri is down! That was a rough tackle from Zubimendi on Pedri. The ball had already gone when the Real Sociedad midfielder ploughed though the back of the teenager.
One of the big questions for Real Sociedad heading into the summer window concerned Alexander Isak’s future. However, the Swedish striker signed a new contract to stay at the club.
Real Sociedad finished fifth in La Liga last season. The Basque club have been building and building under Imanol. They have a lot of quality in their squad.
PICTURE: Memphis has settled quickly!
A lot of people were expecting a subdued atmosphere at this match given that the Camp Nou is only a third full, and also what has happened over the last two weeks, but it's quite loud!
Koeman is surely pretty pleased with what he has seen from his team in this first half, although Barcelona could have scored more than once. Wastefulness was a problem last season!
PICTURE: Barcelona have started well!
Barcelona come into this season having finished in the La Liga table last season. That was with Messi in the team - how will they fare without the Argentine? Can they improve on that?
Another big chance! Braithwaite is fed down the left wing, he spots Memphis in the middle, his pass finds the Dutchman, but his shot on the stretch is smothered by Remiro.
While it's only the opening game of the season, this Barcelona performance has probably been better than most fans expected. Koeman's team have been well on top.
There is a risk that Barcelona and Spain burn out Pedri. He is such a talented player, it’s natural that everyone wants a piece of him, but his coaches have to be careful in how they use him!
Last season, Pedri made himself a key figure for both club and country. The 18-year-old’s 2020/21 season only ended with the end of the Olympics last week, yet he’s here today!
Barca are good value for their lead. Real Sociedad have barely had a sniff and Barcelona have created three or four good opportunities to find the back of the net.
- GoalGerard PiquéFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 1 (19 mins - Gerard Pique) Real Sociedad 0. There's the opener and it's Pique who reads the flight of the cross from Memphis best of anyone in the box to head past Remiro! Poetic for Barcelona given how Pique's decision to take a pay cut allowed them to register their new signings!
This has actually been a very good start to the match by Barcelona. They have created a number of good opportunities and could have scored the opening goal within 15 minutes.
The exit of Messi might now allow Koeman to make his own imprint on this Barcelona squad. The Dutchman will now have more freedom to get his ideas across.
Off the crossbar! Inches away from the opener for Barcelona! Memphis played the corner kick to the near post, Griezmann got on the end of it, but his header comes off the bar!
Messi has since signed for Paris Saint-Germain, with the 34-year-old unveiled at the Parc des Princes this week. It will be painful for Barcelona fans to see him play for another club.
MESSI, MESSI, MESSI! Minute 10 in the match and the supporters around the Camp Nou chant the name of Messi. They still aren't over the departure of the superstar!
Just wide! Not far away from being the opener for Barcelona with Griezmann hooking a volley towards goal from an Alba cross into the middle, but the ball flashes wide of the post!
PICTURE: Memphis looks in the mood!
Of course, this is a Messi-less Barcelona team. The Argentine was forced to leave the Camp Nou only last week due to the financial issues currently being suffered by Barca.
Griezmann shoots over! It's been a positive start by Barcelona who are already on the front foot. This time it's Griezmann who takes on the strike, but the ball flashes over the bar!
An early chance! Braithwaite is played into the channel, the Danish forward has the beating of his man and gets the shot away early, but Remiro makes the save low down!
What sort of match will we get this evening? It’s been an eventful summer for Barcelona, but the start of the new season is a chance for the Catalans to put all that behind them.
The match is under way! It's Barcelona against Real Sociedad in this La Liga fixture!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get under way at the Camp Nou. Kick off is coming up shortly!
The two teams are in the tunnel at the Camp Nou about to walk out on to the hallowed turf!
Not long until kick off at the Camp Nou. Fans are back inside this famous, old stadium for the first time in a year-and-a-half, but not all of them are happy to be back given what has unfolded this summer!
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. How will Barcelona cope after the departure of Lionel Messi? Tweet me - @grahamruthven!
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Neto, Dest, Garcia, Pique, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Memphis, Braithwaite, Griezmann. Real Sociedad - Remiro, Munoz, Le Normand, Elustondo, Zaldua, Zubimendi, Merino, Portu, Silva, Januzaj, Oyarzabal.
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