Barca sink Real Sociedad in first game without Messi

    Barcelona’s Gerard Pique is celebrating for the first goal with his teammates. Photo: Reuters

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    Barcelona’s Gerard Pique is celebrating for the first goal with his teammates. Photo: Reuters

    Barcelona started the season after Lionel Messi with a fun 4-2 home win over Real Sociedad in their first game of the LaLiga season on Sunday.

    Gerard Pique’s header gave the Catalans the lead in the 19th minute with the joy of 20,000 fans returning to Camp Nou for the first time in 17 months, and Martin Brightwhite hit from both sides of the half to increase his lead.

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    Sociedad seemed to be out of the game, but substitute Julen Lobete brought them back into the game in the 82nd minute and striker Mikel Oyarzabal scored an amazing free kick a few minutes later and broke Barcelona’s nerves.

    Sergio Roberto, however, struck out for the hosts to secure points in Barcelona’s first game without all-time top scorer Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain last week after 21 years with the Spanish team .

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