Champions Barcelona are overwhelmed by Real Sociedad simply earlier than trophy raise
In entrance of a Camp Nou crowd eager to occasion, champions Barcelona had been deservedly overwhelmed 2-1 by a powerful Real Sociedad aspect who look set to safe a top-four spot.
The newly-crowned LaLiga Santander champions obtained off to a disappointing begin at dwelling to the Basque aspect and had been fortunate to go in at half time at only one purpose behind.
La Real had been up for this sport because it meant extra for them, with the Basque outfit eager to consolidate fourth spot and Champions League soccer subsequent season.
With Villarreal beating Girona earlier, the aspect from San Sebastian started the sport simply two factors above the Yellow Submarine, however a win would put them 5 factors forward with three video games to play.
They began effectively and capitalised on their opponents’ slackness, pouncing on a Jules Kounde error within the fifth minute to counter. It was Alexander Sorloth who gained possession and he drove ahead earlier than squaring it to Mikel Merino, who completed between Marc-Andre ter Stegen‘s legs.
The second purpose, within the 71st minute, got here in comparable trend. This time, Martin Zubimendi robbed Frenkie de Jong in midfield and once more La Real broke shortly. It was Takefusa Kubo again to Martin Zubimendi and Zubimendi to Sorloth, who completed confidently previous Ter Stegen.
Shortly afterwards, Marcos Alonso was fortunate to not see a crimson card after showing to slap Take Kubo within the face after being fouled by the Japanese midfielder.
The sport continued with out urgency, nevertheless, with Xavi content material to empty his bench and provides some fringe gamers a run out, and La Real seeking to have the sport wrapped up.
Lewandowski provides a purpose to his Pichichi candidacy
The sport had seemed to be over, with the supporters on the Camp Nou solely sticking round as a result of there was a title occasion available, whatever the rating.
Nonetheless, a striker like Robert Lewandowski is at all times hungry for objectives and he obtained one to place one hand on this season’s Pichichi trophy.
Pablo Torre swung in a hopeful cross from the appropriate and the Polish ahead’s bullet header flew previous Alex Remiro in purpose.
With the deficit minimize to 1, the depth of the sport elevated for the ultimate phases, however the rating remained Barcelona 1-2 Real Sociedad.
Barcelona occasion on uninterrupted, and the followers will forgive this misstep within the circumstances.
The Txuri-Urdin, in the meantime, have loads of causes to rejoice too and are in an awesome place to safe Champions League soccer for subsequent season.