Real: Claudio Bravo; Carlos Martínez,
Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, De la Bella; Markel
Bergara, Illarramendi; Griezmann, Xabi Prieto (Rubén Pardo 79'), Chory
Castro (Ifrán 73'); Carlos Vela (Agirretxe 83'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Fàbregas (Mascherano 59'); Pedro (Adriano 89'), Messi, Iniesta. 4-3-3.
0-1. 07. Messi. Picked up Iniesta pass and drilled shot wide of Claudio Bravo.
0-2. 25. Pedro. Turned ball in from close to goal after Dani Alves crossed in.
1-2. 40. Chory Castro. Collected Vela pass and beat Valdés with angled shot.
2-2. 63. Chory Castro. Shot from left of area which deflected in off Mascherano.
3-2. 91. Agirretxe. Poked shot past Víctor Valdés from Carlos Martínez's cross.
Yellow cards: Piqué 32', 56', Iñigo Martínez 35', Iniesta 58', Busquets 73', Illarramendi 78', Griezmann 92' / red cards: Piqué 56'.
It had to happen sometime! After only dropping two points in the first half of the season, Barcelona finally lost their first league game when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday evening. Messi had never scored in the Anoeta stadium, but he rectified that with only seven minutes gone after Fàbregas stepped over Iniesta's pass to leave him free to beat Bravo. Soon afterwards Pedro hit the post, and he too got his name on the scoresheet after Xavi and Dani Alves combined to set him up midway through the first half. It looked like Barça were heading for another comfortable win, but Messi's luck ran out when his lob hit the post and rolled along the goal-line before being cleared by Mikel González, and with five minutes to go to half time Carlos Vela passed the ball out for Chory Castro to get one back. Messi tested Bravo again before the break with a spectacular volley, but ten minutes after the restart Piqué got himself sent off for a second bookable offence, and seven minutes later Castro equalised with a shot which came off Mascherano's knee to wrong foot Valdés. Neither side had any clear cut chances after that, but with a draw seemingly on the cards Carlos Martínez crossed in for Agirretxe to get between his markers and poke home the winner. The headlines raced across the world - they are human!