FC Barcelona came back from two goals to defeat Real Sociedad 2-4 and gain their first victory at the Anoeta since 2007. Barça kicked off their match in Basque in a horrible way by giving up two first half goals after 35 minutes. Willian Jose gave the hosts the lead in the 11th minute and Juanmi doubled their lead in the 35th minute. Fortunately, the Blaugrana would grab one back a few minutes later after Paulinho scored his eighth league goal of the season
In the second half, Luis Suarez scored twice in the 51st and 71 minute to tie and give Barcelona the lead before Messi delivered the final blow with an unforgettable free kick. Barça will now shift their attention to the first leg of their Copa del Rey Quarter-Finals clash on Wednesday before hosting Real Betis on Sunday. They still remain league leaders with 51 points and a 9 point cushion ahead of Atletico Madrid.
Match Info (From Sport):
REAL SOCIEDAD: Rulli, Odriozola, Llorente, Raúl Navas, Kevin Rodriguez, Illarramendi, Canales, Xavi Prieto (Januzaj, 78′), Zurutuza (Zubeldia, 56′), Juanmi (Oyarzábal, 60′) & Willian José.
FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Paulinho (Dembélé, 65′), André Gomes (Digne, 80′), Messi & Suárez (Denis, 90′).
Goals: 1-0, Willian José (11′); 2-0, Juanmi (39′); 2-1, Paulinho (39′); 2-2, Luis Suárez (51′); 2-3, Luis Suárez (71′); 2-4, Messi(85′).
Referee: González González
Cautions: Ilarramendi (63′), Oyarzábal (84′)/Roberto (60′), Piqué (90′).