Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona: Basques Hand Barcelona First League Loss of Season
That's it! Barcelona hopes of an undefeated season have ended as they were outplayed by Real Sociedad again.
La Blaugrana once again fail to leave Sociedad with a win and the Basques will celebrate an epic win.
Real Sociedad 3-2 Barcelona
Assist: C. Martinez
Real Sociedad: Bravo, C.Martínez, Mikel, I.Martínez, De la Bella; Markel, Illarramendi, Xabi Prieto, Griezmann, Chory Castro, Vela
Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi; Pedro, Cesc Fàbregas, Messi
Bench: Pinto, Masscherano, Adriano, Song, Thiago, Alexis, Tello
That's it! The game is over and so are Barcelona's hopes of an undefeated season!
Real Sociedad are deserving winners here and are right back in the Europa League hunt.
Video: Goal Agirretxe (3-2) youtu.be/96vfYSfT-ig
88'—Adriano is coming on for Pedro now.
Let's see if he plays as a winger or just as cover for one of the full-backs.
83'—Oh Barcelona are getting some favor from the referee here, it just has to be said.
Iniesta clips Pardo in midfield in a foul-worthy tackle, but the ref does not give him his second yellow.
Iniesta definitely could have been sent off there.
80'—Jordi Alba and Ifran get into a scuffle and Alba shoulders the forward in the face.
The left-back could certainly have been punished for that and if Ifran had reacted the way Fabreagas did against Medel in the Sevilla game, he might have earned the ball.
Tito needs to make a change soon.— Xoel Cárdenas (@XoelCardenas) January 19, 2013
79'—Xabi Prieto comes out and it's the young prodigy Ruben Pardo who comes on.
Pardo is a homegrown local favorite of fans who could create the winning goal.
75'—La Real are a bit unlucky here as a couple of balls fall right to them in space to shoot, but the rain and cold make it hard to control.
In the end, Barca regain possession and go on a break that amounts to little in the end.
74'—Ifran comes on for Castro who had a fantastic performance.
73'—Sergi Busquets rights gets a YELLOW CARD here and he joins other Barcelona players in getting a bit frustrated at the referee.
72'—It's Messi who takes the free kick despite the range being too far for a great shot and his effort goes high over the bar.
It would have probably been better for Xavi to take the set piece chance and send it in for Puyol and Busquets.
71'—Iniesta gets fouled outside of the box and gives Barcelona a decent chance here.
Video: Goal Castro (2-2) youtu.be/RvlRyJXQDfU
Equaliser for Real Sociedad! Chory Castro again, shot deflected off Mascherano, Valdes taken by surprise and couldn't keep it out. 2-2.— AS English (@English_AS) January 19, 2013
Real Sociedad tie it up here after Castro's shot bounces off Mascherano and into the net, giving Valdes no chance to save.
After the relentless attacking of the last 30 minutes, La Real absolutely deserve to be tied here.
58'—Javier Mascherano comes on for Cesc Fabregas to add more defensive help here.
58'—Andres Iniesta goes into the books now for a rash challenge near the his own box and earns a YELLOW CARD.
It has to be said that Gonzalez and Martinez have been outstanding in central defense for La Real so far.
Since his goal, the Argentinian has rarely touched the ball and is getting shut out pretty well.
55'—RED CARD for Gerard Pique!
Pique gets his second and both cards were deserved.
This could be huge for both teams.
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