FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad face off in the Copa Del Rey quarter-finals at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. Barcelona are three wins away from their first Copa Del Rey title since 2018; Real Sociedad won the 2020 rate which ended in April 2021 due to COVID-19.
The two clubs are fighting for the position at the top of La Liga. Barcelona (44 points) are alone in first place from 17 games, Real Madrid are three points behind (41) and Sociedad follow with 38 points. The sides last faced each other in the league in August 2022; Barcelona won 4-1.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Barcelona are home favorites at +190 while Real Sociedad are at +470. A tie is +290.
The game will not be televised in the US but can be streamed on ESPN+.
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FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad (Copa Del Rey Quarterfinals)
What time does the game start? Can I watch it on TV? – Wednesday’s game starts at 3:00 p.m. EST at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. It will continue to air ESPN+ but no traditional television stations in the US.
Information about the live stream: The game continues ESPN+ESPN’s streaming service, which requires a subscription.
More on the Associated Press:
BARCELONA, Spain – Led by an ageless David Silva and a striker making the most of a second chance, Real Sociedad are threatening a three-way battle for the title in the Spanish league.
Sociedad’s 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano in the capital on Saturday drew level with second-placed Real Madrid a week before the clash. Leaders Barcelona are just three points clear.
Both powerhouses have two games left, but the San Sebastián side, who have not won La Liga since the 1980s, are strong with nine straight La Liga and Copa del Rey wins.
Imanol Alguacil’s Sociedad have a big week ahead. It visits the Camp Nou on Wednesday to play Barcelona in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals and then visits the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday to face Madrid in LaLiga.
However, Alguacil urged its players not to look at the tables.
“That’s just going to make us slack off,” he said, considering this is lap 18 of 38. “There’s still a long way to go. Let’s see where we are when there are only five or six laps left.”
Silva helped put Sociedad ahead in the 15th minute as the 37-year-old midfielder recovered the ball and delivered a pass to meet Alexander Sorloth’s run. The Norway striker used a touch of the toe of his boot to prick the ball under goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.
Sociedad doubled their lead in the 36th on a set piece. Aritz Elustondo rolled around a scrum of players to shake his marker and redirected a corner kick to the far post where Ander Barrenetxea completed it.
While Silva is still showing the playmaking qualities of his prime at Manchester City and for Spain, Sorloth is enjoying a superb season himself. After a 2021-22 season on loan to Sociedad, Sorloth was loaned out again from Leipzig after Sociedad sold Alexander Isak to Newcastle. But Sorloth was still the second option until top newcomer Umar Sadiq picked up a serious knee injury in September.
Sorloth has responded by scoring eight goals in 14 league games, including a five-round consecutive scoring streak, compared to just three goals in 32 league games last season.
Sociedad won their third Copa del Rey in 2020. His two Spanish championship titles came in 1981 and 1982.
PRETTY IN PINK
Even with his hair dyed bright pink, Antoine Griezmann was still impossible for defenders to follow as he scored once and was involved in two other goals in the first half hour of Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valladolid.
Griezmann deftly set up with a heel movement to clear Álvaro Morata in the 18th-minute opener at the Metropolitano stadium. The French striker struck from close range to make it 2-0 in the 24th minute and his free-kick went to a rebound from Mario Hermoso in the 28th minute.
Memphis Depay made his debut for Atletico on day 75 after the Dutch striker left Barcelona to fill the void left by João Félix’s move to Chelsea.
Atlético, who stayed fourth, meet Madrid in Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Espanyol beat Real Betis 1-0 thanks to Martin Braithwaite’s goal just before half-time. The visitors stumbled in the hunt for a place in the top four. Betis suffered a third loss in a row.
Ivan Rakitic converted a penalty in the 89th minute to snatch a 1-0 win over Cadiz from Sevilla and lift the country out of the relegation zone. Ivan Alejo missed the penalty when his hand blocked a cross in the penalty area. This violation earned him a second warning and a dismissal.