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Real Sociedad v Barcelona LIVE! Barca need victory to keep pace with la Liga leaders

Ronald Araujo’s injury-time diving header gave Barcelona an unjust victory at Real Socieded on Saturday night.

Sociedad made an electric start and within the first quarter-hour had forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a number of saves – with those denying Mikel Oyarzabal and Take particularly incredible.

Eyes were on the Spanish champions to see how they would react to the defeat in El Classico and, on this evidence, they appeared a side devoid of confidence.

To their credit they did battle tenaciously to stop Sociedad from dominating on the scoresheet, but Xavi looked an embarrassed figure at the full-time whistle after Araujo netted, moments after he and Gavi saw efforts testing the home goalkeeper Alex Remiro for the first time in the game.

Barcelona now lie third with Sociedad eight points behind in sixth.

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