The Catalans came out with a full lineup without Lionel Messi and Neymar, who got a longer Christmas vacation. The Argentine star Lionel Messi of
did not participate in that match and the reason for the absence of Messi was a stomach virus, announced the Spanish media. Barcelona
In the absence of the stars of the team's attack was in the lineup: Luis Suarez, Pedro Rodriguez and Munir El Hadadi. Surprisingly, Ivan Rakitic and Dani Alves were left on the squad. That proved to be a fatal mistake for the coach Luis Enrique.
The meeting of the ‘Anoeta’ started as a nightmare for the guests. Yet in the second minute Jordi Alba scored an own goal. The defender deflected with his head some free throws behind his teammate Claudio Bravo for 1:0. After the break, Messi and Neymar appeared on the pitch, but they did not hamper the game of Real Sociedad. In the 85th minute, the best position for Barca came. Suarez was stationed behind the defense in the penalty box, but the goalkeeper Rulli rushed selfless and cellars with hands the ball from his feet. Just some seconds later the defender managed to despair the Uruguayan guy again. He received a centering unmarked five meters in front of the door and shot the pointy-headed, but Rulli cellars the ball literally from the goal line.
Earlier in the day and Real Madrid lost to
with 1:2 in their first match of the New Year. However, the Catalans failed to cut the difference to a leader and remain a point behind it as Real Madrid had one match fewer. Barca is now in a sixth consecutive match without a win at ‘Anoeta’ as there are 4 losses and 2 draws so far. Valencia
The next match of
Barcelona is going to be against the team of on 8th January. MessiBest.Com reminds you that now you have enough time to draw your own soccer picks for the upcoming event, so manage it wisely and have a good luck! Elche