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Barcelona win first La Liga match of post-Messi era

 

 

Barcelona won their first La Liga match of the post-Lionel Messi era with a 4-2 victory that saw Real Sociedad mount a late rally on Sunday night.

Their season-opening match at Camp Nou comes after a drama-filled week that saw club legend Messi join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Gerard Pique scored Barca’s first goal on the night with a close-range header from Memphis Depay’s free kick delivery in the 19th minute.

Martin Braithwaite doubled Barca’s lead just seconds before half-time with a back-post header off a delivery from Frenkie de Jong.

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Braithwaite made it two on the night for him when he scored in the 59th minute after goalkeeper Alex Remiro palmed the ball into the path of the Danish striker.

La Real pulled one back in the 82nd minute when Julen Lobete scored, with Mikel Oyarzabal scoring three minutes later to cut Barca’s lead to one. However, Sergio Roberto scored in the waning moments to secure the three points.

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