Barcelona are now the only unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues and are nine points clear of Atlético Madrid at the top of LaLiga after a tremendous come-from-behind victory over Real Sociedad.
Luis Suárez’s brace was central to Barça’s win but Lionel Messi’s pin-point free-kick wrapped up the points as the league leaders came from two-down to end an eleven-year winless run at the Anoeta.
That streak looked likely to be extended when Willan José’s header and Juanmi’s deflected finish put Real Sociedad in control after 35 minutes but the goals appeared to spark Barcelona into life.
Paulinho slid in from close range to reduce the deficit and five minutes after half time, Barcelona were level when Messi rolled the ball into the path of Luis Suárez before the Uruguayan produced a delightful chipped finish into the far corner.
Suárez completed the turnaround with a cool finish past Gerómino Rullo leaving Messi to apply the finishing touch. The Argentina captain’s free-kick from 30 yards was exquisitely struck, leaving Rulli rooted to the spot as the ball curled over the wall and into the top corner.
The goal was Messi’s 366th league goal, surpassing Gerd Müller’s record of strikes in one of Europe’s top five leagues, and moves Barcelona surely closer to recapturing the title.
Another side moving closer to the league title are Paris Saint-Germain and despite not being at his best, Ángel Di María was the match winner, scoring the only goal away to Nantes.
The match will make headlines more for referee Tony Chapron’s apparent kick at a Nantes player but regardless PSG are now eleven points clear and the moment of controversy had little impact on the result.
Di María’s toe-poked finish after 12 minutes proved decisive but struggling to breakdown Claudio Ranieri’s well-organised outfit, the game couldn’t be put beyond doubt. Di María should have done that but managed to miss an open goal in what was an otherwise pretty disappointing performance.