Barcelona beat 2-1 Real Sociedad and near the title in Spain
Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday with goals from defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba to maintain their nine-point lead over Atlético Madrid at the top of the Spanish league and give a great step towards the title.
Barca leads the standings with 77 points in 33 games, with a clear advantage over the “colchonero” cast, which earlier on Saturday beat Eibar 1-0.
The French midfielder Lenglet scored his first goal in the league for the Culé team to open the scoring in the 45th minute with a header from the corner kick by Ousmane Dembélé.
Juanmi equalized for Real Sociedad at 62 with a great definition by Mikel Merino. But the tie lasted little, since at 64 Lionel Messi qualified Alba, who put the 2-1 that will be definitive with an exquisite definition.
The Catalans will be champions for the twenty-sixth time if they beat Alavés on Tuesday and Levante next Saturday. They could even consecrate themselves if they prevail in their first match and Atlético Madrid loses Wednesday against Valencia.
“The game was uncomfortable, they played well. They tried to take the game from behind and made it difficult for us to start. We could not make our way out. We lacked spark and freshness to decide, “coach Ernesto Valverde said after the game.
“The goal gave us peace of mind. In the second half, we were better, but the goal reactivated them. Fortunately, Alba’s goal has arrived. ”
For its part, Atlético defeated Eibar 1-0 with Thomas Lemar’s goal in the 85th minute. Atletico did not have suspended forward Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, but was superior throughout the game.
“We will fight the league until the last breath,” said coach Diego Simeone after the match.