Barcelona stunned, Real move to the top

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Updated: February 23, 2014

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Barcelona were stunned on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 by Sociedad giving Real the initiative in La Liga following their comfortable 3-0 win over Elche.

Barca started the weekend on top of the league based on goal difference while Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were even on 60 points.

Alex Song’s own goal in the 32nd minute gave Sociedad the lead as the former Arsenal man redirected a cross from Sergio Canales into his own net.

Messi got the Catalan giants back in the game with the equaliser however Sociedad was the more dangerous side as the second half began and the hosts regained the lead in the 54th minute when Carlos Vela collected a long punt down field from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and squared the ball to Antoine Griezmann for a first-time finish.

Griezmann had a hand in Sociedad’s third goal as well with a perfectly-placed cross from the right wing that allowed David Zurutuza to cut in front of goalkeeper Victor Valdes and redirect the ball into the net, putting the hosts up 3-1

That result allowed Real Madrid to go three points clear at the top of the league after brushing aside Elche, 3-0.

Asier Illaramendi tallied his first goal for Madrid in the 34th minute before a stunning strike from Gareth Bale in the 71st that clipped the bottom of the crossbar on its way into the net from 30 yards.

Isco came off the bench in the 74th minute and scored seven minutes later to cap the win, putting pressure on Atletico to win at Osasuna on Sunday.