Lionel Messi Scores Controversial Penalty, Barcelona Beat Real Sociedad 1-0

March 7, 2020

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Barcelona overcame a major challenge in the La Liga title race on Saturday, beating in-form Real Sociedad 1-0 at home.

Lionel Messi converted a penalty after 81 minutes, but there was some controversy involved with the decision to put the ball on the spot for a handling offence. La Real had given the Catalans a great battle until that point.

The win moves the Blaugrana two points ahead of Real Madrid, who will face Real Betis on Sunday.

The home side’s spot-kick was awarded for Robin le Normand’s handball, which the referee saw on the pitchside monitor, allowing Messi to convert.

Alexander Isak smashed a shot wide from Sociedad’s best chance of the game.

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