Barca endure 1st house loss forward of trophy celebration


Mikel Merino and Alexander Sorloth scored in every half to earn Actual Sociedad a 2-1 win at Barcelona on Saturday, handing the LaLiga champions their first house defeat of the season on a day after they had been celebrating their title triumph.

With the league title within the bag, there was an end-of-season really feel at Camp Nou because the followers waited to see the post-game celebrations when Barca would elevate the LaLiga trophy.

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Nonetheless, Actual Sociedad made positive it will not go all Barca’s approach as they received in-front shortly, with Merino scoring with a tidy end within the fifth minute.

They prolonged their lead with Sorloth within the 72nd minute and Robert Lewandowski headed in a comfort for Barcelona from close-range within the ninetieth minute.

With three video games left, fourth-placed Actual Sociedad moved on to 65 factors and tightened their grip on the final Champions League qualification spot, 5 factors forward of fifth-placed Villarreal who beat Girona 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Champions Barcelona have an unassailable 14-point lead over second-place Actual Madrid, who play at Valencia on Sunday. Atletico Madrid are third on 69 factors.

“If you remember at the start of the season, I asked for unity,” Barcelona supervisor Xavi Hernandez mentioned. “Now is the moment to say thank you. Firstly, to the president and his board of directors for the unconditional support they have given us. ‘We aren’t that bad, eh, presi?’ We are very grateful.

“Thanks to the workers, the gamers who’ve given all the things on the pitch. And to the followers. With out you it will not have been potential. You have got been spectacular. Those who have crammed the stadiums, those who had been on the bus parade. It is given me goosebumps.”

Data from ESPN’s Sam Marsden contributed to this report.

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