FULL-TIME, Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad: Barça scored early in the second half but allowed a 10-man Sociedad side to create quite a few big chances and are lucky to avoid extra-time and win this one. But Cup ties are usually tense and crazy, and Barça found a way to beat a really good team and move on to the semi-finals.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (Dembélé 52’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Ousmane Dembélé receives a perfect through ball on the run from Jules Kounde and fires a rocket onto the roof of the net of the keeper’s hands!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: Back underway at Camp Nou!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: Barça played a brilliant first 20 minutes and could have easily scored the opener, but Sociedad got back in the game and hit the crossbar. The red card obviously changes things ahead of the second half, and it’s up to Barça to find a way to score in the final period.
40’ RED CARD! Real Sociedad are down to 10 men after a video review shows a very dangerous tackle by Brais Méndez on Sergio Busquets. The midfielder was initially shown a yellow but the decision was correctly changed to a straight red card.
11’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Barça take the lead as Lewandowski’s shot inside the box hits Frenkie De Jong and goes in, but the Dutchman was offside and the goal is ruled out.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad: And we’re underway at Camp Nou!
WELCOME TO THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is the site of a big Copa del Rey quarterfinal between Barcelona and Real Sociedad, who face off in a high-profile Cup tie with a spot in the semi-finals at stake. Barça are unbeaten in January and look for another win to get closer to another title, but Sociedad are in the middle of a wonderful season and would love to spoil the Blaugrana’s party in front of their home fans. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Dembélé, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Bellerín, Alba, Roberto, Kessie, Raphinha, Fati, Ferran
Starting XI: Remiro; Elustondo, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Rico; Méndez, Zubimendi, Marín; Kubo; Sorloth, Oyarzabal (4-3-1-2)
Substitutes: Zubiaurre (GK), Muñoz, González, Illarramendi, Turrientes, Martín, Olasagasti, Barrenetxea, Fernández, Navarro
Competition/Round: 2022-23 Copa del Rey, Quarterfinals
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Spotify Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
VAR: José María Sánchez Martínez
On TV: Not Available (USA, Canada, UK, India), Startimes World Football (Nigeria), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
Online: ESPN+ (USA), Movistar+ (Spain), others
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