FC Barcelona 5 – Real Sociedad 1
An electric opening to the game, with four goals in the first quarter of an hour, set the tone at the Camp Nou, where the Culé faithful were treated to the first victory of the season and Messi’s first goals.
But it was somebody who is not a specialist in these questions, Carles Puyol, who opened the scoring. The captain was, it is true, faithful to his style, when he thumped home a corner with his head, after rising above Agirretxe.
Real Sociedad replied quickly. A good pass by Illarramendi into the area left Chory Castro on his own in front of Víctor Valdés, and the Uruguayan made no mistake.
And then Messi made his appearance, with two goals in five minutes, the 11th and the 16th, which rained on the donostiarras’ parade. Pedro put it beyond any doubt shortly before the break.
The second half had the air of a friendly game about it, although it did provide a good news story: the return of David Villa, who made his first appearance in an official match for nine months, which is when he fell injured during the FIFA Club World Cup. Six minutes from time, Iniesta crept in from the left side of the area and found the Asturian ready to shoot. He beat Bravo with a well-placed, angled shot, and put an end to his own particular ordeal.