Barca Fight Back To End Anoeta Curse Against Real Sociedad

16 January, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Lionel Messi breaks 39-year-old goal record to pile more misery on Cristiano Ronaldo

Things were just going in favor of Real Sociedad over Barcelona as they took two goals lead over the visitors during the first half of the game but thanks to Luis Suarez, Barcelona won.

The victory ensured FC Barcelona remained unbeaten and and stayed nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top of the table at the halfway stage of the season.

However, when Juanmi Jiménez put Real Sociedad 2-0 ahead in the 35th minute of Sunday's [14 January] game, the so called 'Anoeta curse' appeared unavoidable.

Paulinho pulled one back before half-time and Luis Suarez turned the game on its head with a brace, the first a brilliant chipped finish, before Lionel Messi converted a long-range free-kick to earn Barca a battling 4-2 victory.

The Uruguayan scored a sensational equalizer in the 50th minute, striding towards Leo Messi's pass and clipping a stunner over the Sociedad stopper Geronimo Rulli, before putting his side into the lead 21 minutes later. "Now we have the second half of the season".

Their approach paid off with 20 minutes to go, as Suarez grabbed his second of the night after a poor clearance from goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

Can Real Sociedad cause an upset against Barcelona?

This represents the first sell-out at the stadium this season which is now undergoing remodelling work and functioning on a reduced capacity of 25,000.

"Messi has just scored with a most ridiculous free-kick".

Ivan Rakitic has been reborn in midfield, Sergio Busquets has been exemplary as usual, and Paulinho has been the surprise of the season, his eight goals precisely double that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The spotlight on Sunday though, will be on Ousmane Dembele, who has completed his recovery from a hamstring injury and is set to start on Sunday on the right wing once again.

Canales had the first chance of the second period after finding space outside the Barcelona box, but the number 16 could only strike into the arms of the waiting Ter Stegen. Barcelona is a three-time defending champion in the cup competition.

"A draw is not the best result, but we'll continue to do our job in a positive way and at some point we'll see the results of this hard work", said coach Zinedine Zidane, who confirmed he has signed an extension with Real until 2020.

On-loan Argentine forward Luciano Vietto is in line for his first league start with Valencia after netting a hat-trick in a 4-0 cup rout of Las Palmas in midweek to end a 13-month goal drought.

Lionel Messi has broken Gerd Muller's long-standing record for the most league goals scored for the same club in Europe's top five divisions.



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