Sluggish Barça beat Real SociedadApril 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.
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