Eeven when Barcelona are not a challenger for the LaLiga Santander title, they nonetheless need to ensure they end within the high 4 and know Gerhard Pique notably that second place will get them a ticket to subsequent 12 months’s Supercopa de Espana. By defeating Actual Sociedad 1-0 on Thursday night, Barcelona have taken an enormous step in direction of runners-up as they’re stage on factors Seville however maintain the head-to-head tiebreaker.
It was a troublesome recreation for Xavi‘s group in San Sebastian in a packed Reale Enviornment, rather more tough than final 12 months’s 6-1 win in an empty stadium there.
Barcelona however began nicely and took the lead within the eleventh minute. The gate got here when Ousmane Dembele shoots a strive off the publish, only for Gavi displaying extra want and velocity than anybody to get on the rebound and recycle the ball Ferran Torres pitch Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for commencement.
Actual Sociedad nonetheless, bought higher as the sport progressed, and each theirs Alexander had wonderful possibilities to equalize since isak missed a one-on-one probability simply earlier than the break and as Sorloth could not join correctly early within the second half within the distant previous.
Marc-André ter Stegen was busy accumulating a variety of crosses and making a number of routine saves. However the German additionally needed to make a top-class save, which distracted you Sorloth shot huge along with his leg simply earlier than the hour.
Each Gerhard Pique and Ronaldo Araujo needed to drop out within the second half with bodily issues, so Barcelona ended the sport with Eric Garcia and Clemens Lenglet in central defender. Even when it wasn’t all the time good, the second defenders in central protection did a very good job and cleared flank after flank, as La Actual did not handle to interrupt via regardless of 10 minutes of added time.
Courtesy of Aubameyang‘s early objective and certainly one of their greatest defensive modifications of the 12 months, Barcelona held on to the 1-0 win and three factors.