Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad: Half of the job done Reviewed by Momizat on . Full-time: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad Goals: Busquets (44'), Zubikarai (54' own goal) Match date: February 5, 2014 Stadium: Camp Nou Competition: Copa del Rey Full-time: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad Goals: Busquets (44'), Zubikarai (54' own goal) Match date: February 5, 2014 Stadium: Camp Nou Competition: Copa del Rey Rating: 0
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Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad: Half of the job done

Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad: Half of the job done

Full-time: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad
Goals: Busquets (44′), Zubikarai (54′ own goal)
Match date: February 5, 2014
Stadium: Camp Nou
Competition: Copa del Rey
Barcelona line-up: Pinto, Jordi Alba, Piqué, Mascherano, Daniel Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, Pedro.

Barcelona didn’t brought in many changes ahead of this Copa del Rey semi-finals 1st leg match against Real Sociedad, as only Pinto came in to take Victor ValdĂ©s place in the goal. Other than that, the whole starting eleven was exactly the same as the one that has stepped on to the pitch in the weekend against Valencia.

The opening goal arrived close to the half-time break, in a corner kick on Barcelona‘s right attacking side, taken by team’s captain, Xavi Hernandez. The cross was met by Gerard PiquĂ© inside the heart of the box, but the former Manchester United defender only managed to deflect it backwards… Fortunately for the hosts, Pedro reached out to it and immediately sent it across the box, finding Sergio Busquets all alone in the far post. The Blaugrana defensive midfielder showed he also has a talent to finish off plays and struck the ball into the back of the net with his left foot.

Following Busquets‘ goal, Real Sociedad added another big upset to their list, after seeing Iñigo MartĂ­nez being sent off from the game and leaving the visitors with an herculean task of playing against Barça for an entire half with only 10 men on the pitch. Unsurprisingly, Barcelona managed to reach their second goal in the second half, but it happened in a quite bizarre way. Alexis Sánchez saw his first shot going straight into the post and then the rebound falling off to Elustondo feet. The Real Sociedad player wasn’t exactly being pressured but seems to have panicked and rushed to clear the ball away, sending it straight to his own goalkeeper direction. The shot hit Zubikarai and went back past the goal line, sending Barcelona into a comfortable 2-goal lead.

Lionel Messi didn’t manage to have the influence he usual has in the team, but Barça finished the game with an important 2-0 win that may be crucial next week, when the two sides meet again for the Copa del Rey second leg. Neymar won’t be an option to help yet, as he’s still going through his injury recovery plan.

Sources: fcbarcelona.com / goal.com

Watch the highlights video from Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad match:

Barcelona match photos against Real Sociedad:

Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sánchez and Pedro

Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sánchez and Pedro

Sergio Busquets jumping to celebrate his goal for Barcelona

Sergio Busquets jumping to celebrate his goal for Barcelona

Alexis Sánchez in Bacelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Alexis Sánchez in Bacelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Lionel Messi running away from a Real Sociedad defender

Lionel Messi running away from a Real Sociedad defender

Xavi Hernandez FC Barcelona 2014

Xavi Hernandez FC Barcelona 2014

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