Sluggish Barça beat Real Sociedad

April 18, 2017

Once again Barcelona were seriously lacking when they faced Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Messi put Barça two goals ahead only to see that lead narrowed by an own goal by Umtiti with three minutes of the first half remaining. Alcacer scored again for Barcelona to make it 3-1 with a minute of the first half remaining on the clock, but Xabi Prieto scored a second goal for the visitors in injury time. But that was it as far as goals went and Barcelona, fielding a full strength team, were unable to make any more inroads against Real.

Wednesday sees Barça face Juventus in the home lag of the Champions League quarter finals. After their 3-0 trouncing last week they have a big job ahead of them. They did it once against Paris-St Germain, but can they repeat history? It seems pretty unlikely, but then Barça often surprise.

1-0 Messi (min 17)
2-0 Messi (min 37)
2-1 Umtiti (min 42)
3-1 Alcácer (min 44)
3-2 Xabi Prieto (min 45+1)

With Madrid also winning their match against Sporting Gijon Barcelona remain three points behind. However Madrid still has a game in hand. Next Sunday sees Barça travel to the Bernabeu for the clasico. The result could go a long way to deciding whether the Catalans remain with a chance for the league title or not.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Real Madrid 31 23 6 2 82 33 75
2 Barcelona 32 22 6 4 91 30 72
3 Atletico Madrid 32 19 8 5 59 24 65
4 Sevilla 32 18 8 6 56 39 62
5 Villarreal 32 15 9 8 46 26 54
6 Athletic Bilbao 32 16 5 11 45 37 53
7 Real Sociedad 32 16 4 12 48 45 52
8 Eibar 32 14 8 10 52 44 50
9 Espanyol 32 13 10 9 44 42 49
10 Celta Vigo 31 13 5 13 48 51 44
11 Alaves 32 11 10 11 31 39 43
12 Valencia 32 11 7 14 47 54 40
13 Las Palmas 32 10 8 14 51 57 38
14 Real Betis 32 9 7 16 35 51 34
15 Malaga 32 8 9 15 36 49 33
16 Deportivo La Coruna 32 7 10 15 35 50 31
17 Leganes 32 6 9 17 26 49 27
18 Sporting Gijon 32 5 7 20 34 64 22
19 Granada 32 4 8 20 27 68 20
20 Osasuna 32 3 8 21 32 73 17

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