BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona to beat Real Sociedad 5-1 in their opening Spanish La Liga game at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad video highlights
But it was Carles Puyol, who headed Barcelona into the lead in the third minute of play from a corner kick to send the home fans cheering.
The visitors got an equaliser though in the 9th minute from Gonzalo Castro, who blasted home a pass that split Barcelona’s defence.
Messi then quick got the first of his two goals a little over a minute later when he picked off a nice one-two pass before making rooms for himself and let one fly from about 14 yards.
His second came five-minutes later he made it 3-1 before Pedro added a fourth five minutes outside the half-time break.
Fit again striker David Villa scored to make it 5-1 in the 85th minute.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Barcelona: 1. Victor Valdes, 17. Pedro Rodriguez, 10. Lionel Andres Messi, 37. Cristian Tello, 6. Xavi, 16. Sergio Busquets, 4. Cesc Fabregas, 18. Jordi Alba, 14. Javier Mascherano, 5. Carles Puyol, 2. Dani Alves
Real Sociedad: 1. Claudio Bravo, 18. Gonzalo Castro, 7. Antoine Griezmann, 10. Xabi Prieto, 5. Markel Bergara, 8. Asier Illarramendi, 4. Gorka Elustondo, 24. Alberto de la Bella, 3. Mikel Gonzalez, 15. Ion Ansotegi, 22. Daniel Estrada