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Luis Suárez, in action in the match between Real Sociedad and Barcelona.
With three new points, those of Ernesto Valverde maintain the full in the competition, although this time they had to return to suffer as is usual in San Sebastian. Thus, they were forced to recover an early goal by Elustondo, for which they had to resort to changing the scheme and returning their place in the lineup to both Sergio Busquets and Philippe Coutinho.
In a remodeled Anoeta stadium, the nightmares began as usual. The planned absence of the eleven of Busquets, as revealed by the second coach Jon Aspiazu, evidenced from the beginning the problems in the departure of Balkan ball, passive and lacking fluency.
On the other hand, the whole of San Sebastian, defending online five of the few occasions in which those of Ernesto Valverde They managed to get close to the area, put together their strategy protected by a very high level of pressure maintained during the first 45 minutes.
Only 12 minutes had been played when Asier Garitano managed to pierce the goal of Marc-André Ter Stegen in a set piece action; Hector Moreno and Sergi Roberto jumped for the ball, which, after playing in the Barça player, fell dead for Aritz Elustondo to finish with the left foot in the back of the net.
Pique still had to disrupt, seven minutes later, the second of the Real in a flat pass from Oyarzabal that cleared before it came to a well positioned Ruben Pardo, and before half an hour ahead of Juanmi to avoid another dangerous occasion. The central Barcelona was also the best chance of the azulgranas, in a header that went over the goal of Rulli.
With this and with Luis Suárez protesting a presumed penalty in the last minutes, Barça went to dressing rooms with homework to do. Neither the team worked nor Messi, extremely marked, it appeared. It did not take long to rectify Valverde, aware that in 45 minutes they were unable to overcome the two defensive lines provided by the 'txuri-urdin' box.
Coutinho and Busquets start the comeback
Thus, Coutinho was admitted by Semedo and Sergi Roberto returned to the sidel. With this and the incorporation of Busquets in the 57th minute, the current champion began to carbure. Before, Ter Stegen showed off by prevailing in one on one in both actions with Theo Hernandez and with Juanmi in successive minutes. Then, Suarez appeared.
After a free kick, Piqué headed to the far post and Rulli stopped the occasion, but in the continuation of the play and after a struggle by high between Dembélé and the Argentinean goal, the ball reached the Uruguayan's boots, which balanced the contest (min.63). Only three minutes later, an error in the exit of the local goalkeeper took advantage of Dembélé to end empty door.
There was still time for Suarez was about to take advantage of a bad clearance of Theo, and that Juanmi, in the 87th minute and after a fantastic pass from Mikel Merino, nod off when I had everything to tie.
In this way, FC Barcelona he remains undefeated leader with his fourth victory in as many matches, all in a damn field and before facing his premiere, this Tuesday, in the Champions League receiving PSV Eindhoven.
1 – Real Sociedad: Rulli; Zaldua, Moreno, Aritz, Theo; Illarramendi (Merino, m.82), Zubeldia, Ruben Pardo (Sangalli, m.81), Zururutuza (Jon Bautista, m.72); Juanmi and Oyarzabal.
2 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo (Coutinho, m.46), Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Rafinha (Busquets, m.56), Sergi Roberto; Dembélé (Vidal, m.76), Suárez and Messi.
Referee: From the Cerro Grande (Madrid). He admonished Zurutuza and Illarramendi.
Goals: 0-1, m. 12: Aritz Elustondo. 1-1, m. 63: Luis Suárez. 1-2, m. 66: Dembelé.
Incidents: 26,756 spectators filled the new Anoeta stadium without athletic tracks. Great atmosphere in the official goodbye of Imanol Agirretxe, who received the gold and bright badge from the club president, Jokin Aperribay, and took the kickoff after making hall both teams.