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Ousmane Dembele scored the decisive goal in the 52nd minute

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    January 26, 2023 10:43 AM EST


    Barcelona are into the semifinals of the 2022/23 Copa del Rey after a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in a quarterfinal match at the Camp Nou that stayed competitive until the end despite the visitors going down to 10 men before halftime.

    Ousmane Dembele scored the decisive goal in the 52nd minute, and it was just reward for a spectacular performance with Real Sociedad unable to get to grips with the Frenchman, who was running past players down the right flank like they weren't there.


    Barcelona took full advantage of the straight red card shown to Real Sociedad midfielder Brais Mendez four minutes before halftime for a stomp. The player lost his cool during a moment of high intensity in the match and received the first red card of his career.

    But it didn't discourage 10-man Real Sociedad from threatening in the second half. Top scorer Alexander Sorloth flubbed a sitter with the goal at his mercy, and then the visitors also had two late shots which forced Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen into two big stops to prevent the 1-1 equalizer.

    The loss snapped a nine-match winning streak in all competitions for Real Sociedad, who were missing several key players entering the match. The result sent Barcelona into the semifinals with that draw taking place on Friday, January 27.

    Real Sociedad, six points behind leaders Barcelona in third place in La Liga, get set for a trip to face the other Spanish giant Real Madrid in league play this Sunday. Barcelona prepare to travel to Girona on Saturday.

    final score
    1H 2H Final
    Barcelona 0 1 1
    Real Sociedad 0 0 0

    BAR — Ousmane Dembele — 52nd min.

    Red Card:
    SOC — Brais Mendez — 41st min.


    Barcelona lineup (4-4-2, right to left): 1-Ter Stegen (GK) — 23-Kounde, 4-Araujo, 15-Christensen (17-Alonso, 91'), 28-Balde (22-Raphinha, 77') — 8-Pedri (19-Kessie, 77'), 5-Busquets, 21-De Jong, 30-Gavi — 7-Dembele (10-Fati, 84'), 9-Lewandowski.

    Real Sociedad lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Remiro (GK) — 6-Elustondo, 5-Zubeldia, 24-Le Normand, 15-Rico (12-Munoz, 46') — 23-Brais, 3-Zubimendi, 42-Marin (31-Olasagasti, 77') — 14-Kubo (17-Navarro, 77'), 19-Sorloth (9-Fernandez, 87'), 10-Oyarzabal (7-Barrenetxea, 46').

    Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live updates, highlights from Copa del Rey
    Final: Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad
    Final: In the end, Barcelona needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to bail them out because they failed to put the game out of reach against 10-man Real Sociedad, who will wonder what could've been had Brais Mendez not been sent off before halftime.

    Barcelona looked good during stretches, but they also let their foot off the gas after scoring, and they also allowed Real Sociedad to come close to scoring on two occasions in the final minutes. Barcelona survived, and they should be able to take a lesson or two for the high-stakes matches that await them later this season.

    89th min.: Chance Real Sociedad! Marc-Andre Ter Stegen flubs an easy pass out of the back and it goes right to Sociedad who get two shots off in the sequence that followed, one of which was point-blank on Ter Stegen and blocked with one arm. Here's the stop that made up for his error:

    85th min.: Chance Barcelona. Robert Lewandowski with the glancing header on the corner and Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro has to come up with the reflex stop on the line.

    84th min.: SUB Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele gets the standing ovation as Ansu Fati comes on.

    77th min.: SUBS. Both teams introduce two players each. Raphinha (for Balde) and Franck Kessie (for an injured Pedri). Barcelona are going to three in the back. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad introduce Jon Ander Olasagasti and Robert Navarro for Pablo Marin and Takefusa Kubo.

    76th min.: Chance Barcelona. Dembele is on fire tonight. He goes on a mazy run and gets a shot off but it's saved. It came moments after a penalty shout that the referee waved off.

    73rd min.: Barcelona have the upperhand again. They're knocking it around the Real box and the visitors are sitting back and absorbing pressure. Barcelona are winning it back pretty quickly against 10-man Sociedad.

    68th min.: Chance Barcelona. The home team wakes up. It starts with Dembele again down the right. This time he crosses it and Gavi places it with his left instep off the crossbar.

    60th min.: Chance Real Sociedad! How did Alex Sorloth miss that? It's a perfect Takefusa Kubo cross and Sorloth hits it with his ankle and somehow sends it over the crossbar with the gaping goal at his mercy!

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