Barcelona moved to second in the standings, level on focuses with third-set Sevilla and 15 behind pioneers Real Madrid in the La Liga focuses table.
Barcelona ground out a spunky 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Thursday (April 21) to fix their grasp on a main four completion in LaLiga and put the disheartening home misfortune to humble Cadiz behind them. Barca moved to second in the standings, level on focuses with third-set Sevilla and 15 behind pioneers Real Madrid.
Barca, who have a game close by, have Rayo Vallecano on Sunday yet Real Madrid need just four additional focuses from their last five games to get the title. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Barcelona’s victor on 11 minutes after Ousmane Dembele struck the post and Ferran Torres crossed to the Gabon striker who directed home a delicate header from short proximity.
It was an extreme game at a stuffed Reale Arena in San Sebastian where the hosts squandered a few clear chances to score and overwhelmed ownership. Barcelona endure the Basque attack because of unimaginable misses by Alexander Isak and Alexander Sorloth and to roused goalkeeping by Marc Andre ter Stegen who made no less than three magnificent recoveries.
“It is the game that I have experienced the most since I showed up in November,” Barca mentor Xavi Hernandez told Movistar Plus.
“Genuine Sociedad overwhelmed the game, they are an incredible group, they put us on the ropes and merited more, maybe a draw,” he added.
“To that end it has been a crucial win, a valuable triumph. It was an all around battled and vital outcome that leaves us in runner up, near our target of going to the Champions League next season.”
Xavi said his group were depleted in the last part, with a few players not looking so great. Ronald Araujo and Dani Alves must be subbed and Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Gavi battled.
“It’s a long season, with an excessive number of games somewhat recently the mileage negatively affects us and it is typical for players to be drained. It’s the ideal opportunity for us to really try since there are not many games left and we need to do all that to complete admirably,” Alves told correspondents.