FULL TIME: Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Sociedad

The league title may have gone to their bitter rivals Real Madrid, but Barcelona are in a fight to be best of the rest in La Liga.

Xavi Hernandez’s side boosted their hopes of securing second place with a battling victory over Real Sociedad at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on Monday evening. Lamine Yamal and Raphinha grabbed the goals for Barcelona.

Lamine Yamal and a late Raphinha penalty secured victory for Barcelona over Real Sociedad which moves them back up to second in la Liga.

Barcelona were value for victory with Sociedad stopper Alex Remiro called upon to make a number of saves in the second half.

The opener came five minutes before the break, just after Raphinha had been denied by the post, when Ilkay Gundogan slipped a square ball to Yamal and he calmly struck home first time.

Raphinha looked a perennial threat and was denied by Remiro before getting the chance to score after the referee ruled for a penalty kick when his free kick struck Alvaro Odriozola’s arm and, with regular taker Robert Lewandowski off the field, he made no mistake from 12 yards out.

The win lifts Barcelona a point clear of Girona with three games remaining, Sociedad remain in seventh.

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