Barcelona muster a draw against Real Sociedad

A tale of two halves as Barcelona let lead slip against Real Sociedad.

Barcelona knew they were in store for a battle in their match versus Real Sociedad and that’s exactly what they got.

Real Sociedad dominated the first-half as Barcelona were constantly being caught flat-footed with Martin Ødegaard slicing through the midfield and putting the backline in all sorts of trouble.

An opening penalty goal by Mikel Oyarzabal put the home side in front before Antoine Griezmann tied the game late in the opening half.

Luis Suarez put Barcelona ahead four minutes into the second-half thanks to a lobbed pass to Lionel Messi who ceded the ball to the Uruguayan for an easy tap-in.

Ernesto Valverde’s side looked to be on course for a win before Alexander Isak slotted home after an error by Marc-Andre ter Stegen left Isak with an easy chance.

Barcelona’s efforts for a winner were in vain as Real Sociedad took control of the game once they equalized.

In the dying minutes of the game, Gerard Pique shouted at the referee as he felt his side deserved a penalty.

The referee waved away any sort of complaints but the replay clearly showed Diego Llorente pulling on Pique’s shirt causing him to fall.

VAR was not consulted this time around despite it being used to award Real Sociedad a penalty when it deemed that Sergio Busquets tugged an opposing player’s jersey on a corner kick.

The pull on Gerard Pique was more evident and should have been, at the very least, been reviewed by VAR. It wasn’t and the two sides split a point each.

Both teams might have felt they deserved more with Barcelona feeling like they should have won it had the penalty been awarded.

The Blaugrana have no time to dwell on what could have been because they face Real Madrid at the Camp Nou midweek. Depending on how results go, Barca could find themselves behind their main rivals needing a win to stay alive in the title race.