FC Barcelona won 2-0 against Real Sociedad at the 36th day of La Liga.
With a redistributed workforce before the semi-final of the Champions League against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Barca could count on Neymar’s 22nd goal in the leaque and Pedro’s acrobatic overhead kick to reclaim a 5 points lead over Real Madrid, who faced Valencia this Saturday night.
Gleaming and shiny Wednesday evening in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, the Catalans have been less frisky in La Liga this Saturday against Real Sociedad. Last January, the Basques had plunged Barca into crisis by winning 1-0. Luis Enrique’s head was hanging by a thread. Five months later, the coach had nothing to fear but his team did not shine before David Moyes’ men. In the first period, the doorman of Real Sociedad, Rulli repelled numerous Catalan assaults. Messi (8th), Neymar (14th), Pique (28th), have stumbled over him and when it wasn’t his gloves, it was the clumsiness of Suarez (34th) or the defense of Sociedad (40th) who prevented the Catalans from finishing on top at the break.
Scorer Wednesday night, it’s Neymar that put the Catalans on track by opening the scoring in the 51st minute with a header after a cross from Messi. The Argentine has not been as decisive during a second period in which the Catalans have managed their advantage. The Basques have thwarted Barca’s offensives by pressing but they did not have the weapons to hinder the advance of the men of Luis Enrique who set permanently in shelters thanks to the replacing Pedro. The Spanish winger scored the KO (85th) with a superb bicycle. The Catalans lived a quiet Saturday and can therefore focus on their semi-final Tuesday night in Bavaria.