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Sociedad end Barcelona’s unbeaten run in La Liga

LATE WINNER:Real Sociedad, who have only lost one of their past 10 matches, inflicted the leaders’ first La Liga defeat when Imanol Agirretxe scored in stoppage-time


“Going down to 10 men changed the game,” Vilanova said. “I told Gerard that he would be sent off with the next foul.”

The Basque side pushed short-handed Barcelona into their area and the effort paid off when Castro’s strike took a deflection off substitute Javier Mascherano to catch Valdes out of position.

Barcelona did not seriously threaten again and the slow-footed Mascherano let Agirretxe slip behind him to reach Martinez’s cross and end Barcelona’s 15-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Ninth-placed Sociedad stayed undefeated in six consecutive home games.

“There is no recipe for beating Barcelona,” Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier said. “We won because we have a compact team that works hard and we had a little bit of luck.”

The defeat was Barcelona’s first in La Liga since they lost to Real Madrid last season on April 21.

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