Mikel Merino and Alexander Sorloth scored in each half to earn Real Sociedad a 2-1 win at Barcelona on Saturday, handing the La Liga champion its first home defeat of the season on a day when it was celebrating the club’s title triumph.
With the league title in the bag, there was an end-of-season feel at Camp Nou as the fans waited to see the post-game celebrations when Barca would lift the La Liga trophy.
However, Real Sociedad made sure it would not go all Barca’s way as it got in-front quickly, with Merino scoring with a tidy finish in the fifth minute.
Real Sociedad extended its lead with Sorloth in the 72nd minute and Robert Lewandowski headed in a consolation for Barcelona from close-range in the 90th minute.
With three games left, fourth-placed Real Sociedad moved on to 65 points and tightened its grip on the last Champions League qualification spot, five points ahead of fifth-placed Villarreal who beat Girona 2-1 earlier on Saturday.
Champion Barcelona has an unassailable 14-point lead over second-place Real Madrid, who plays at Valencia on Sunday. Atletico Madrid is third on 69 points.
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