FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad : full highlights
Neymar scored twice to lead Barcelona to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Saturday.
The victory puts even more pressure on Real Madrid, with Rafael Benitez’s team now being nine points behind Barca before their trip to Eibar on Sunday, while Sociedad remain mere two points outside the bottom three. So much for a battle!
Geronimo Rulli sprinted out sharply to block Suarez’s run after Neymar’s splendid through ball as Barca began firmly on the front foot.
Rulli then snatched the ball outstandingly from the feet of Neymar as he ran onto Messi’s pass before Andres Iniesta headed against the base of the post from mere 12 yards just two minutes later after a fine Suarez cross.
Sergio Canales shone with a half-volley high and wide from 25 yards out at the end of a somewhat rare Sociedad attack but Barca broke the deadlock with 22 minutes into the game – and in some style.
Messi controlled and sent the ball into Dani Alves’ path brilliantly, and the full-back’s low cross was received by Neymar, who fired immediately into the top corner as he raced into the penalty area.
Sociedad grew into the first half but were unable to create any real chance for a leveller and Suarez made it 2-0 just before the interval when he met yet another Alves cross with a stunning volley which soared into the bottom corner from 12 yards outside.
The game was finished as a contest just seven minutes after the interval. Jeremy Mathieu raced in behind down the left flank following Iniesta’s pass and squared and passed the ball for Neymar, who was left with the job of a simple finish from close range.
Messi finally got in on the act in extra time. Neymar skipped inside from the right end and played a one-two with Suarez before clinically squaring the ball to an unmarked Messi waiting at the far post, and he tapped it home. Here is the full highlights of the FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad match