Barcelona’s Argentinian ahead Lionel Messi (R) vies with Real Sociedad’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino in the course of the Spanish league soccer match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on December 14, 2019. ANDER GILLENEA / AFP
Barcelona gave Real Madrid the prospect to go prime of La Liga forward of Wednesday’s Clasico at Camp Nou as they have been held to a 2-2 draw by high-flying Real Sociedad on Saturday.
A mistake by Barca’s often glorious goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen gifted la Real an equaliser in an exciting contest at Anoeta between two of the division’s most attacking groups.
Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez seemed to have turned the sport round after Mikel Oyarzabal scored an early penalty however Real Sociedad claimed a deserved level as Ter Stegen parried into the trail of Alexander Isak.
Madrid will pull two factors clear on the prime of the desk in the event that they win away at in-form Valencia on Sunday, which may show a big psychological increase forward of their crunch assembly with Barcelona in midweek.
Real Sociedad, in the meantime, transfer to inside three factors of Sevilla in third and confirmed why many have them circled as real challengers for Champions League qualification this season.
Barca could have had one eye on their subsequent encounter, significantly given renewed fears of unrest across the Clasico, which needed to be postponed in October as a consequence of Catalan independence protests.
Yet Real Sociedad have been glorious worth for his or her level, with Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian playmaker on mortgage from Real Madrid, delivering an imposing show to assist his dad or mum membership’s title bid.
Barcelona have been on the ropes for a lot of the primary half an hour as Real Sociedad moved the ball shortly by means of the traces, with Odegaard the orchestrator.
Odegaard gave Sergio Busquets a torrid time and too usually Barca have been opened up by means of the center. On one event, Nacho Monreal may need shot however selected to cross, forcing Gerard Pique right into a last-ditch clearance.
The residence purpose although got here from a nook as Busquets was noticed tugging Diego Llorente’s shirt. The offence appeared minor however referee Javier Alberola had a transparent view. Oyarzabal made no mistake from the spot.
Barcelona have been but to create a real likelihood however within the thirty eighth minute they have been degree as Suarez freed Griezmann, who drew the goalkeeper earlier than scooping his end brilliantly into the online.
The guests improved after half-time and have been forward inside 4 minutes of the restart. Busquets clipped a ball excessive of Llorente, who stepped up on the fallacious time, permitting Lionel Messi to skip free. He generously sidefooted left to Suarez, who had an open purpose.
Pique nearly made it 3-1 however his header was cleared off the road by Mikel Merino. Instead Real Sociedad levelled. Monreal’s cross triggered panic and Ter Stegen parried the ball straight to Isak, who had a easy end 5 yards out.
Both groups pushed tentatively for a winner, maybe cautious of one another’s menace on the break.
Pique was adamant he deserved a penalty in injury-time as he and Llorente have been each responsible of pulling one another’s shirt on the again submit.