Saturday September 10, 2011 (17.00 UK)
Agirretxe 59, Griezmann 60 – Xavi 10, Fabregas 11
Estadio Anoeta, Basque Country
Real Sociedad fought back from two goals down to hold the reigning champions Barcelona to a draw at Estadio Anoeta.
Lionel Messi started on the bench alongside a number of first-team regulars, whilst Cesc Fabregas played as a centre forward. However, La Blaugrana were still as dominate as has become expected and went 2-0 ahead inside 11 minutes through Xavi Hernandez and Fabregas.
Sociedad refused to give up and emerged from the break all guns blazing to pull level with goals from Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann. The latter’s goal came amidst some confusion as it initially appeared to have been disallowed after Sergio Busquets tried to stop the ball on the line with his hand. However, the referee allowed the goal and booked the Barcelona midfielder.
Real Sociedad (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Estrada, Demidov, Martinez, De la Bella; Illarramendi, Mariga (Aranburu 80); Prieto (Cadamuro 70), Zurutuza, Griezmann; Agirretxe (Vela 80)
Unused subs: Zubikaral, Gonzalez, Ifran, Pardo
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Busquets, Fontas (Iniesta 80), Adriano; Xavi, Keita, Thiago (Messi 63); Fabregas, Pedro, Sanchez (Villa 32)
Unused subs: Abidal, Pinto, Puyol, Mascherano
Did you know…Real Sociedad have scored two goals against Barcelona for the second home League meeting in a row, having previously waited eight years for a goal against the Catalans in front of their own fans.