2014/2015 Spanish Primera División
  • Neymar (51')
  • Pedro (85')

Barcelona beat Real Sociedad thanks goals from to Neymar and Pedro

Barcelona moved a step closer to winning the Primera Division title after beating Real Sociedad 2-0 thanks to a header from Neymar and a stunning overhead kick from Pedro in the second half.

Luis Enrique's side could not offer the same barnstorming performance that saw them romp to victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday as David Moyes' side produced another impressive defensive display, but the visitors' resistance wilted after the break.

And after Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 home draw by Valencia later on Saturday, Barca stand four points clear with two rounds of games to go.

They travel to Atletico Madrid next Sunday and then host relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna the following week knowing that one win would ensure the title. However, that is subject to the league averting a planned strike.

Luis Enrique rotated his team after the 3-0 win over Bayern, resting Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta, but left the ferocious attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar untouched.

Barca were not at their swashbuckling best but still had the bulk of possession and created a string of chances in the first half.

In the opening 15 minutes Messi and Neymar were both denied by Real Sociedad's goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, who was the scourge of Luis Enrique's side when they lost to Moyes' men at Anoeta in January, while Suarez narrowly shot wide of either post.

Rulli was again at hand to tip over a header from Marc Bartra in the second half, but Barca found a way through in the 52nd minute.

Messi launched a now trademark left-footed cross from the right of midfield into the box and Mikel Gonzalez glanced the ball backwards, allowing Neymar to nod the ball in at the far post -- his 50th goal in 87 games for the club.

Once ahead, Barca never looked in danger of losing their lead, but they did not manage to put the game out of sight until Pedro struck with five minutes to go.

Messi cut into the box from the right and a Real Sociedad defender sent his attempted cross spinning into the air, and Pedro reacted quickly and intelligently to execute an overhead kick and smash the ball past Rulli.

Messi wanted a goal of his own and nearly got one late on as he cruised past a couple of La Real defenders, but shot just wide of goal. The Argentinian may not have been able to add to the 40 goals he has scored in the league this season on this occasion, but now a seventh title is well within his sights.

Spanish Primera División Standings

1 Barcelona 12 +18 25
2 Real Madrid 12 +16 25
3 Atletico Madrid 13 +7 24
4 Sevilla FC 13 +3 24
5 Real Sociedad 13 +7 23
6 Athletic Bilbao 13 +5 20
7 Getafe 13 +3 20
8 Granada 13 +2 20
9 Valencia 13 +1 20
10 Osasuna 13 +3 19
11 Villarreal 13 +7 18
12 Levante 13 0 17
13 Real Valladolid 13 -3 17
14 Alavés 13 -4 15
15 Eibar 13 -7 15
16 Mallorca 13 -7 14
17 Real Betis 13 -8 13
18 Celta Vigo 13 -12 9
19 Espanyol 13 -16 8
20 Leganes 13 -15 6