Barcelona come from behind to beat Real Sociedad 2-1

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2018

Real Madrid's flawless start to the La Liga season came to a halt on Saturday as they drew 1-1 in an ill-tempered game at Athletic Bilbao and fell two points behind champions Barcelona at the top of the standings.

The Catalan giants got off to the worst possible start as they fell behind in the 13th minute through a powerful finish from Gorka Elustondo.

But Luis Suarez scrambled the ball home in the 63rd minute before Ousmane Dembele converted at another corner.

Visiting coach Ernesto Valverde made a decision to start his side's arguably least favourite away trip without Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets ahead of a jammed schedule of six games in 20 days.

Barely a minute after Ter Stegen had blocked a gaping chance for Juanmi, Uruguayan striker Suarez took advantage of some confusion in the area following a free kick and smashed home from close range to the disbelief of the home supporters.

"I think these are the type of games which make a difference over a season", he said.

"Last year we also came from behind to win here and eight or nine years ago we wouldn't win any games here".

The home side had a slew of chances during an entertaining, end-to-end first half, while Real were twice denied by Athletic's impressive 21-year-old goalkeeper Unai Simon.

Simon made two more outstanding saves to thwart Marco Asensio and Sergio Ramos although Athletic continued to counter, Inaki Williams smashing wide and the Basques being denied a penalty when the ball struck Casemiro on the arm while the Brazilian was on the floor.

"This is a very hard ground to come to, for the team they have and for how they play".

Moreno's header was comfortably dealt with by Ter Stegen 10 minutes into the second half before Mikel Oyarzabal blasted over the Barcelona bar.

Philippe Coutinho, who had come on at the interval for Nelson Semedo, then brought an excellent save out of Rulli before Dembele notched Barca's second.

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