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Barcelona vs Real Sociedad 2015 May 09 17:00

On May 9, 2015, FC Barcelona faced Real Sociedad at Camp Nou in a La Liga fixture. The match was significant for Barcelona, as they were closing in on the league title. Barcelona secured a 2-0 victory through goals from Neymar and Pedro in the second half, moving them closer to the championship.

Match Overview

Final Score:

  • Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Sociedad

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 86,047
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

Key Match Events

Time Event
51′ Goal: Neymar (Barcelona) – Header from a Dani Alves cross
85′ Goal: Pedro (Barcelona) – Spectacular overhead kick

Barcelona struggled to break down a resilient Real Sociedad defense in the first half but found their rhythm in the second half, with Neymar breaking the deadlock and Pedro sealing the win with a brilliant acrobatic finish.

Player Performances

FC Barcelona

Player Position Minutes Played Goals Assists Shots Pass Accuracy
Claudio Bravo GK 90 0 0 0
Dani Alves DF 90 0 1 1 87%
Piqué DF 90 0 0 0 89%
Mascherano DF 90 0 0 0 91%
Jordi Alba DF 90 0 0 1 84%
Rakitic MF 78 0 0 2 85%
Busquets MF 90 0 0 1 92%
Iniesta MF 78 0 0 2 88%
Messi FW 90 0 0 4 83%
Neymar FW 90 1 0 3 80%
Suárez FW 83 0 0 4 78%

Real Sociedad

Player Position Minutes Played Goals Assists Shots Pass Accuracy
Rulli GK 90 0 0 0
Carlos Martínez DF 90 0 0 0 80%
Ansotegi DF 90 0 0 1 82%
Mikel González DF 90 0 0 0 83%
Yuri DF 90 0 0 1 81%
Xabi Prieto MF 78 0 0 1 85%
Bergara MF 90 0 0 0 87%
Granero MF 64 0 0 1 84%
Canales MF 82 0 0 1 81%
Vela FW 90 0 0 2 78%
Finnbogason FW 70 0 0 2 75%

Tactical Analysis

Barcelona’s Approach:

Barcelona, under Luis Enrique, deployed their usual 4-3-3 formation, emphasizing possession and quick passing. They focused on creating width through Dani Alves and Jordi Alba, while Messi and Neymar looked to penetrate the Sociedad defense with dribbles and quick combinations.

Real Sociedad’s Strategy:

Real Sociedad, managed by David Moyes, set up in a compact 4-4-2, aiming to frustrate Barcelona and hit them on the counter-attack. Despite a solid defensive effort in the first half, they struggled to maintain their shape under constant pressure from Barcelona’s attackers in the second half.

Key Statistics

Statistic Barcelona Real Sociedad
Possession (%) 73 27
Shots on Target 9 2
Total Shots 20 7
Corners 7 3
Fouls 10 14
Offsides 2 1
Yellow Cards 2 3
Red Cards 0 0
Pass Accuracy (%) 88 78
Saves 2 7

Post-Match Reaction

Luis Enrique praised his team’s persistence and ability to break down a well-organized defense. Neymar’s goal was crucial in breaking the deadlock, and Pedro’s acrobatic effort was a testament to Barcelona’s flair and attacking prowess. David Moyes acknowledged his team’s strong defensive performance but lamented their inability to sustain it for the full 90 minutes.

Summary

This match showcased Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga, as they continued their march towards the title with a decisive win over Real Sociedad. The victory highlighted the quality and depth of Barcelona’s squad, particularly in attack, where Neymar and Pedro were the standout performers.

For further details on the match, including highlights and additional statistics, you can visit Sky Sports

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