Barcelona fight back to beat Real Sociedad after Atleti held

Spanish LaLiga Report: Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona 15 September 2018

Spanish LaLiga Report: Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona 15 September 2018

Having fallen behind in the 12th minute via Aritz Elustondo's strike, Barca turned things around in the second half, Suarez converting from close range in the 63rd minute and Dembele adding a deflected finish three minutes later.

Barcelona scored two goals in three second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Real Sociedad to maintain their 100% start to the La Liga season.

The fightback follows Barca's 4-2 win at Anoeta last January and makes them the only team to still have a ideal record in Spain's top flight, where they lead the standings with 12 points, two clear of Real.

The win for Ernesto Valverde's side is their fourth from four games this season and keeps them top of the table.

That gamble appeared to have backfired when Elustondo smashed home following a knock down from a corner.

According to BBC, Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two fine saves, denying Real Madrid loanee Theo Hernandez and Juanmi while Mikel Oyarzabal blazed over at the end of a quick counter-attack.

The Catalans took the lead following another set piece, Dembele sending the ball skidding in after goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli had flapped at a corner and left his net unguarded.

"I think these are the type of games which make a difference over a season", he said. "It's a huge win for our confidence".

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.

The decision enraged Athletic supporters in a hostile atmosphere at San Mames, which was mirrored on the pitch as referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez handed out eight yellow cards, six to Athletic players. For Suarez, it was the introduction of Philippe Coutinho: "Philippe came on and did really well. It was a very intense game, Athletic played their part well and we did our job in the second half".

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