Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live online: LaLiga
Follow all the action live online as Barcelona welcome Real Sociedad to the Camp Nou in LaLiga on Saturday 20 April 2019 with kick-off at 20:45 CEST.
Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad: match report
Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title on Saturday after earning a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp, with goals from defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba restoring their nine-point lead at the top of the table.
Barca lead the standings on 77 points after 33 games, comfortably clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid who won 1-0 at Eibar earlier in the day.
French centre back Lenglet scored his first league goal for the Catalans to break the deadlock against the stubborn visitors right at the end of the first half with a crashing header from Ousmane Dembele's corner.
Sociedad were rewarded for their intelligent display when forward Juanmi equalised in the 62nd minute, sliding in to meet an incisive pass from Mikel Merino and diverting it past Barca's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
But Barca hit back almost immediately when Lionel Messi picked out Alba, who did his best impression of the Argentine by cutting in from the left wing and producing a curling finish for the win.
The Catalans will be crowned champions for the 26th time if they beat Alaves on Tuesday and Levante next Saturday. They could clinch the title as soon as Wednesday if they win against Alaves and Atletico lose to Valencia.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live online: as it happened
90'+4' That's it! Game over at the Camp Nou. Barcelona win 2-1 in a fairly tame affair.
90'+1' Four minutes of added time.
90' Not clear if Vidal was subbed off because of the injury or not.
90' Vidal off now for Sergi Roberto. He limps off.
89' Alba pass inside and it falls to Coutinho. He strikes but it's blocked for a corner.
88' Pique gets a kick in the head from Willian Jose as he tries to start an attack.
86' Two changes for Real Sociedad. Juanmi off for Sandro.
86' Zaldua wins Real Sociedad a corner.
85' Mesis tries to wriggle clear into the box but he can't and Real Sociedad start a counter.
82' Messi sends it towards goal and Vidal is at the back post ready to turn it home. He sends it high and wide though.
80' Semedo pulled down by Muñoz as he tries to make a move into the middle.
78' Rakitic with the shot now and he drives it into the side netting.
73' Coutinho gets a smattering of boos and whistles when he comes on and when he touches the ball for the first time too. They're not happy with his gesture after his goal against Manchester United.
71' Coutinho on for Dembele.
70' Suarez with a pass into Messi's path now and he just can't get anything on it. He did catch Rulli though as the keeper stays down after the challenge.
70' Coutinho warmed up and ready to come on for Barcelona.
69' Messi sends Suarez through on goal but Rulli foils him again. Lovely pass but just a little too much on it.
67' Suarez streaks clear now and he's offside.
66' Can Real Sociedad respond to that setback?
64' GOAL! Just like that, Barcelona attack and Jordi Alba finishes with his right foot. 2-1.
62' GOAL! Juanmi finishes for Real Sociedad. Throw for the visiting side and Merino threads a lovely pass through the defense. 1-1.
59' Messi almost clear through on goal. Suarez with the pass but he's just offside.
58' Messi feeds it to Dembele and he curls just wide.
57' Dembele races forward and he trips up Merino after losing the ball. Nice run from the winger but Barcelona remain quite blunt in attack.
56' He walks off after 55 minutes. He doesn't look injured but Valverde looking for a little bit more stability in the middle perhaps.
56' Busquets on for Arthur.
55' Corner for Real Sociedad. Shot from the right is blocked by Alba.
54' Sangalli on for Zubeldia.
53' Injury now for Zubeldia after he almost does the splits when tackling Arthur. Sore one for him and it doesn't look like he can continue.
52' Ter Stegen forced into a stop. Shot comes in from Zubeldia and takes a deflection and it almost catches him off guard.
50' Messi to Dembele again but that's cut out again by Real Sociedad as Dembele tries to send it back towards the middle.
49' Vidal plays into Dembele's path. He streaks forward on the left and clips it into the middle. Cleared by Real Sociedad.
48' Pardo sends one towards goal and that's headed out by Willian Jose. Goal kick for Ter Stegen.
47' Piqué launches the ball clear but that's out for a throw for Real Sociedad.
46' Busquets sent out to warm up for Barcelona at the start of the second half.
46' We are back underway at Camp Nou!
45' Just on the brink of half-time too. That's it for the opening 45.
45' GOAL! Lenglet heads home. 1-0. Despite a slow start, Barcelona lead against Real Sociedad.
44' Nice cross by Alba and it's headed out by Elustondo.
43' Zaldua hits the deck as Alba holds him off. Nothing in it despite the Real Sociedad player looking for the free.
40' Barcelona continue to press. Messi wriggles free in the box and plays it to Alba. He gets it to Suarez and Rulli manages a good save down to his right. Suarez was offside though.
37' Another chance for Barcelona. alba sends the cross in and Suarez just can't reach it.
34' What a chance! Ball clipped in to ruben Pardo and Ter Stegen forced into a save. Willian Jose follows up by sending it over the bar.
31' Messi races forward but Rulli gets a touch to it. Suarez breaks free just after that from a pass by Lenglet but he was offside.
30' Messi releases Dembele but the ball is just a little too far ahead of him. Rulli grabs it.
27' Messi chips it towards goal. He lofts it onto the roof of the net though. Very close.
24' Merino the man who pulled him down. Messi is licking his chops looking at this one.
24' Messi on the right. He plays inside to Vidal and the Chilean is hauled down.
23' Dembele playing very deep. He plays the ball out to Semedo and the cross into Suarez is gobbled up by Rulli.
21' Rakitic out to Semedo. They lose it again though as Real Sociedad start an attack.
21' Barcelona work their way out from the back. Very subdued performance from them so far.
20' Dembele launches himself into a challenge on Elustondo and Real Sociedad win the free.
18' Really tame start for Barcelona as Dembele wins the ball back and loses it immediately.
15' Looked like he might have been just readjusting his shinpads.
15' Messi down grabbing at his shin after challenge. He looks to be okay to continue though.
12' Ball clipped into Suarez. Rulli is savvy to it and jumps in front of the cross. Lovely ball from Messi.
10' Messi lines it up. He hits it and it hits the wall.
8' Foul on Suarez. Not quite in Messi territory but not too far off. 10 yards outside the box.
6' Barcelona back on the ball and looking for a way through.
5' Real Sociedad on the ball now as they look to break our from their defense.
3' Dembele charges through the middle but his pass is off target too.
2' Vidal passes to Messi and he takes off. Barcelona fans cheer in anticipation but his pass to Suárez is off the mark.
1' Suárez sends Dembele down the left but his pass inside is cut out.
1' We are underway at the Camp Nou.
Busquets has been rested for the second game in a row with Arturo Vidal coming into the side.
Real Sociedad XI: Rulli, Zaldua, Llorente, Zubeldia, Juanmi, Merino, Oyarzabal, Willian Jose, Pardo, Elustondo, Muñoz.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Barcelona vs Real Sociedad in LaLiga. Kick-off is at 20:45 CEST.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live online: preview
Barcelona have the league all but wrapped up but with Atlético Madrid winning at Eibar earlier on Saturday, they don't want to taka their eye off the ball against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. They currently sit six points clear of Simeone's men in second with 18 points left for them to play for.
Lionel Messi is in the squad as Ernesto Valverde names his strongest possible 18 for the game after a tough midweek win over Manchester United that sees them progress to the Champions League semi-final. Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha are out but everyone else is available. Messi has scored 10 times in 10 games against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou in all competitions and he will be looking to add to that tally on Saturday night. He is also chasing 600 goals in a Barcelona shirt. He is currently on 597.
Real Sociedad are likely without Asier Illarramendi and David Zurutuza and Adnan Januzaj for the trip to the Camp Nou. They currently sit on 41 points and are neither in danger of relegation or of making Europe. They have only lost once in their last five games but have lost their last six games against Barcelona in all competitions.