Messi Nets Brace To Maintain Barca's Title Charge
Spanish La Liga Report: Barcelona v Real Sociedad 15 April 2017
Spanish La Liga
Result: Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad
Date: 15 April 2017
Venue: Camp Nou
Lionel Messi netted a brace and bagged an assist to inspire FC Barcelona to a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants were without the services of Neymar, who served the first of his three-match suspension.
Sociedad had the chance to break the deadlock in the third minute, as Willian teed up Yuri inside the box, but Gerard Pique was on hand to block a certain goal.
Barca eventually broke the deadlock in the 17th minute as Messi created some space outside the box, before drilling the ball into the bottom corner.
Messi got his and Barcelona's second 10 minutes later with a simple finish from close range, after Luis Suarez's effort was saved.
The visitors pulled a goal back in the 42nd minute as Inigo Maritinez rifled the ball home from close range.
Barca then restored their two-goal lead two minutes later as Messi turned provider to play in Paco Alcacer, who slotted home from close.
However there was enough time for Sociedad to get a second goal before the break when Xabi Prieto found the back of the net with a fine volley, 3-2.
The visitors nearly leveled matters in the 62nd minute, but Pique once again came to rescue to deny Willain Jose in the box.
Luis Enrique opted for a change on 70 minutes as Andre Gomes made way for Andres Iniesta.
Sociedad pushed for an equaliser as the second half went on but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen came to Barca's rescue with a couple key saves.
Suarez nearly bagged a fourth goal for the home side in stoppage time, but Gerónimo Rulli produced a superb save deny the striker, as the score remained 3-2 at the full-time whistle.