Barcelona reclaim second after downing Actual Sociedad

Goals from Lamine Yamal and Raphinha gave Barcelona a vital, however uninspiring, 2-0 victory over Actual Sociedad as they moved again above Girona within the race to complete behind Actual Madrid in LaLiga.

The opening objective of the sport got here when the 16-year-old winger expertly completed from simply inside the world and into the underside left nook after Ilkay Gundogan squared the ball by means of the legs of a blue and white shirt. It adopted a chic spin and reverse-pass from Robert Lewandowski too in a really good objective.

Raphinha capped issues off by cooly ending from the penalty spot going to the goalkeeper’s left after VAR known as handball. The goalkeeper went the precise method however could not get close to it as Barcelona ran out 2-0 winners.

The primary massive likelihood of the sport truly went in favor of the guests, nevertheless, as Mikel Oyarzabal discovered Sheraldo Becker within the field, however the 29-year-old may solely fireplace over from shut vary.

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Actual Sociedad then had a objective dominated out for offside as Becker continued to wreak havoc within the twenty third minute. It was a good name from the linesman and the ahead was left feeling laborious performed by.

Barcelona then grew into the sport as Pedri whacked the put up within the thirty eighth minute earlier than Gundogan may solely fireplace over from point-blank vary with an opportunity to have given his aspect the lead earlier than he spared his personal blushes moments later by helping Yamal.

The second half then grew to become a really boring affair though each side had their possibilities to vary the scoreline. Raphinha had a robust shot denied within the sixty fifth minute whereas Brais Mendez may have levelled, however solely managed to fireplace broad.

Kubo then had a superb likelihood within the 73rd minute earlier than Ferran Torres ought to’ve scored 4 minutes after. Yamal then seemed to seize his second of the sport, but it surely narrowly evaded the far put up, earlier than Raphinha ensured a key three factors for Xavi’s males.

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Gundogan banned for Barcelona’s subsequent sport

Gundogan was certainly one of three gamers coming into the competition figuring out that in the event that they picked up one other yellow card, they might miss the thirty sixth sport of the season in opposition to Almeria on Tuesday, Could 16.

The opposite two had been Andreas Christensen and Oriol Romeu, however the pair managed to get by means of the Actual Sociedad match unscathed and will likely be totally accessible for the ultimate two video games so long as they do not acquire a crimson card.

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