La Liga leaders, Barcelona fell to a second successive defeat following their Clasico loss to Real Madrid at the Anoeta Stadium, with Mikel Oyarzabal’s headed goal proving decisive.
Barcelona are just three points clear of Atletico Madrid and four ahead of Real Madrid in La Liga as their miserable form at Anoeta Stadium continued with a 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday, a result that blew the title race wide open.
The loss, which comes on the heels of a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in last week’s edition of El Clasico, signals the first time since November 2014 that the Blaugrana have been trumped in consecutive league matches.
More importantly, and of greater concern, is the dwindling lead at the top of the table. Seemingly insurmountable weeks ago, Barca now only leads Atletico Madrid by three points – and Real is only one point more off the pace.
“We are leaders, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Andres Iniesta said after the match at the Estadio Anoeta. “We have to look forward.”
Having been beaten by Madrid in the Clasico last weekend and seen both their arch rivals and fellow title challengers Atletico win earlier in the day, Barca headed to Basque country needing a positive result.
But instead they slipped to a third game without a win as the Catalan club’s wait for a first away win over Sociedad since 2007 continued.
Sociedad, who came into the game on the back of a surprise 2-1 win over Sevilla, netted what proved to be the decisive goal in the fifth minute through Mikel Oyarzabal’s fine header.
Barca dominated from that point on but, missing the suspended Luis Suarez, could not find a way past the in-form Geronimo Rulli, who pulled off a string of fine saves to frustrate Luis Enrique’s men.