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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

AP, BARCELONA, Spain

“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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