Barca ride luck to sink Real So­ciedad

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Agen­cies Ous­mane Dem­bele

SAN SE­BAS­TIAN, SPAIN: Barcelona rode their luck to come from be­hind and win 2-1 at Real So­ciedad on Satur­day, con­tin­u­ing to ban­ish their aw­ful record in San Se­bas­tian and main­tain­ing their per­fect start to the La Liga season.

The cham­pi­ons fell be­hind fol­low­ing a thump­ing shot from Aritz Elus­tondo in the 12th minute from a set piece.

They also sur­vived a mini on­slaught from the home side in the sec­ond half be­fore Luis Suarez lev­elled in the 63rd with a scrappy goal and Ous­mane Dem­bele gave them a barely de­served lead three min­utes later.

The fight­back fol­lows Barca’s 4-2 win at Real So­ciedad in Jan­uary. They recorded a sec­ond straight vic­tory at Anoeta af­ter an 11-year bar­ren spell with­out a league win there.

Barca lead the stand­ings with 12 points af­ter four games although Real Madrid can join them at the league’s sum­mit if they man­age to win at Ath­letic Bil­bao later on Satur­day night.

ATLETICO SLUMP TO SHOCK DRAW AT HOME

MADRID: Atletico Madrid’s stum­bling start in La Liga took a turn for the worse on Satur­day as a late equaliser from Borja Garces was only enough to res­cue a 1-1 draw at home to Eibar.

Eibar ap­peared to have snatched a shock vic­tory when Sergi En­rich fin­ished in the 87th minute, only for Borja to sal­vage Atletico a point with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the game.

But there were no cel­e­bra­tions at the fi­nal whis­tle. Atletico were con­sid­ered se­ri­ous ti­tle chal­lengers this season but an­other two points dropped means they have now taken only five from their first four games.

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