Barcelona vs Real Sociedad score, result as Ousmane Dembele goal sends Barca to Copa del Rey semi finals
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad score, result as Ousmane Dembele goal sends Barca to Copa del Rey semi finals – Barcelona are into the semifinals of the 2022/23 Copa del Rey after a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in a quarter-final match at the Camp Nou that stayed competitive until the end despite the visitors going down to 10 men before halftime.
Ousmane Dembele scored the decisive goal in the 52nd minute, and it was just reward for a spectacular performance with Real Sociedad unable to get to grips with the Frenchman, who was running past players down the right flank like they weren’t there. Barcelona took full advantage of the straight red card shown to Real Sociedad midfielder Brais Mendez four minutes before halftime for a stomp. The player lost his cool during a moment of high intensity in the match and received the first red card of his career.
But it didn’t discourage 10-man Real Sociedad from threatening in the second half. Top scorer Alexander Sorloth flubbed a sitter with the goal at his mercy, and then the visitors also had two late shots which forced Barcelona goal-keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen into two big stops to prevent the 1-1 equalizer.
The loss snapped a nine-match winning streak in all competitions for Real Sociedad, who were missing several key players entering the match. The result sent Barcelona into the semifinals with that draw taking place on Friday, January 27.
Real Sociedad, six points behind leaders Barcelona in third place in La Liga, get set for a trip to face the other Spanish giant Real Madrid in league play this Sunday. Barcelona prepare to travel to Girona on Saturday.
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Final: Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad
Final: In the end, Barcelona needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to bail them out because they failed to put the game out of reach against 10-man Real Sociedad, who will wonder what could’ve been had Brais Mendez not been sent off before halftime.
Barcelona looked good during stretches, but they also let their foot off the gas after scoring, and they also allowed Real Sociedad to come close to scoring on two occasions in the final minutes. Barcelona survived, and they should be able to take a lesson or two for the high-stakes matches that await them later this season.