Catalan giants FC Barcelona secured their first victory in the 2022/2023 La Liga campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Real Sociedad at the Reale Arena on Sunday night.
Polish striker and summer signing Robert Lewandowski marked his birthday in style with a well-taken brace, while further efforts from Ousmane Dembele and super sub Ansu Fati ensured that Xavi Hernandez’s side returned to Catalonia with all three points. Alexander Isak netted the only goal for Real Sociedad in the opening period.
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FULL-TIME AT THE REALE ARENA: Real Sociedad 1-4 FC Barcelona
79′ MIN: It is only fitting that Ansu Fati who has been an inspiration since coming on in the second half, duly gets his reward. Fati finds the back of the net to put gloss on the scoreline.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Sociedad 1-4 FC Barcelona (A. Fati)
68′ MIN: The birthday boy Robert Lewandowski gets his second on the night. Another assist from Ansu Fati.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Sociedad 1-3 FC Barcelona (R. Lewandowski)
66′ MIN: Ousmane Dembele doubles Barca’s advantage, off an assist from substitute Ansu Fati.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Sociedad 1-2 FC Barcelona (O. Dembele)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE REALE ARENA: Real Sociedad 1-1 FC Barcelona
HALF-TIME AT THE REALE ARENA: Real Sociedad 1-1 FC Barcelona
6′ MIN: Aleksandr Isak takes advantage of Frenkie de Jong giving away the ball, and his effort takes a deflection off Eric Garcia and into the net.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Sociedad 1-1 FC Barcelona (A. Isak)
1′ MIN: Robert Lewandowski’s La Liga goals account is up and running, as his early strike gives Barcelona the lead.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Real Sociedad 0-1 FC Barcelona (R. Lewandowski)
KICK-OFF AT THE REALE ARENA: Real Sociedad 0-0 FC Barcelona
Barca boss Xavi Hernandez has named Ferran Torres, Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski to lead the frontline, while Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Eric Garcia will be in defence in the absence of the suspended Gerard Pique.
Real Sociedad’s Starting line-up to face Barcelona.