Real Sociedad vs Barcelona

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Tune in to witness the complete match replay and electrifying highlights of the epic clash between Real Sociedad and Barcelona. This titanic battle is a part of the Spain LaLiga 2023/2024 season, specifically scheduled for Matchday 12. The action kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the illustrious Reale Arena in the heart of Donostia-San Sebastián.

Guiding this high-stakes encounter with authority and precision is the distinguished referee, Javier Alberola Rojas, ensuring fairness and excitement. Prepare for a football spectacle that will leave you on the edge of your seat, where two powerhouses collide on the LaLiga stage.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Full Match Reports

Ronald Araújo’s dramatic header secured a 1-0 triumph for Barcelona against Real Sociedad, bringing an end to their rival’s impressive 16-game undefeated streak in LaLiga at the Reale Arena.

Following Barcelona’s 2-1 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid, their captain, İlkay Gündoğan, expressed his frustration in a post-match interview, criticizing his teammates’ lack of anger and frustration. He anticipated a strong response from his squad as they traveled to San Sebastián, but the first-half performance likely left him disappointed. Despite their qualification for the UEFA Champions League last season, Sociedad had a solid start to this campaign, with just two losses in their opening 11 league matches. They could have been two goals ahead within minutes. In less than 30 seconds, Ander Barrenetxea forced a brilliant low save to his right from Marc-André ter Stegen, while Mikel Oyarzabal narrowly missed a shot shortly afterward. Mikel Merino was the next to have a go, narrowly heading wide, and Ter Stegen had to be sharp to keep out Takefusa Kubo’s low drive from a tight angle just after the 15-minute mark.

After the initial flurry, Sociedad couldn’t maintain the same level of threat, but they were still more dangerous than a Barcelona side that managed just one weak shot on target before halftime. The visitors believed they should have been awarded a penalty just before halftime when João Félix fell after a challenge from Igor Zubeldia in the box, but referee Javier Alberola Rojas dismissed their appeals.

In the second half, Barcelona remained equally ineffective, with Raphinha’s free-kick sailing over the crossbar as their closest attempt to breaking the deadlock. In contrast, the hosts posed more danger, with Brais Méndez’s low shot held by Ter Stegen before the German goalkeeper pushed Barrenetxea’s volley behind for a corner.

Although La Reale displayed greater endeavor and ambition, they never really threatened Barcelona’s defense. As the game neared its conclusion, Xavi’s side suddenly sprang to life. Álex Remiro’s late save denied Gavi’s one-on-one attempt, but the shot-stopper couldn’t stop Araújo’s header from finding the back of the net. The result is a significant one for Barcelona, putting them on level points with Real Madrid, although they have played one more game. Meanwhile, Sociedad missed the opportunity to close the gap on the top four.

Man of the Match: Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona).