Barcelona extended their win streak in La Liga with a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad on Wednesday. The home side was coming off a 1-0 win against UD Levante ahead of Wednesday’s game against Sociedad, and Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong offered the heroics in front of purpose to keep Barca’s new found winning ways rolling on.
It’s now a two game win streak for Barcelona who did well to get off on the right foot to start the match. The team were connecting better than they have been for large stretches this season, looking less slim with American Sergino Dest getting involved in attacks up the right flank. However for all their early dominance, it was Real Sociedad who would open the scoring. Barcelona had plentu of early looks on goal but it was Real Sociedad who broke through on their first shot.
A failed clearance off a corner would be retained by Robin Le Normand and a link up between him and Portu caused some confusion for Barca’s back line as Willian Jose was there for the tap in on the opening goal.
The lead would be short lived as Barcelona remained dangerous in attack, finding the equalizer simply 4 minutes later. Antoine Griezmann would settle a ball and his pass would deflect to a waiting Alba with area in the field to make things level, burying the ball in the upper proper nook.
Barcelona‘s quick passing and involved play from inverted outside backs would ensure Actual Sociedad were occupied with sustaining their lead, defending towards Barcelona‘s stress, rather than creating, and the go ahead goal would happen for Barca just ahead of halftime in the 43rd minute.
De Jong would shake off his defender in the field and was there to connect on purpose from a deflected ball off the put up by Alba. After an initial test with VAR, the purpose would stand.
It was a wrestle for Actual Sociedad to keep up with Barcelona during the first 45 minutes despite the early opening purpose. They held little possession and were out shot 10 to 3. It was a tall process to each comprise and generate, though as the sport wore on they had their best chances to equalize later in the second half as each Jose and Isak had a glance in front of purpose. The loss today bumps Actual Sociedad out of first place, although leaves them level with league leaders Atletico Madrid on 26 factors.
Barcelona‘s second consecutive win was delivered in a more recognizable performance from the workforce. Fast touches and out passing their opposition with impressive midfield play from the veteran Sergio Busquets. Despite winning, however, there were still clouds for Barca. Antoine Griezmann continued to have struggles ending in front of purpose, as he missed a good chance early in the second half. Overall Griezmann had 4 shots value a total of 1.37 expected goals and nonetheless didn’t manage to find the again of the net.
With the win, Barcelona have jumped up La Liga’s standings. They entered the matchday in eight place and are now sitting in fifth place with 20 points. A mere six points separate them with Atlético Madrid, Real Sociedad, and Real Madrid for a spot in the prime three. The Blaugrana can have a chance to add to their league standing as they get set to face off against 12th place Valencia on Saturday.