Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live score, updates, highlights and lineups from Copa del Rey quarterfinal

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live score, updates, highlights and lineups from Copa del Rey quarterfinal

Updated: 5 days, 5 hours, 12 minutes, 57 seconds ago

After winning the Supercopa de Espana, Barcelona can also advance to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey with a victory on Wednesday against Real Sociedad, one of the eye-catching battles of the 2022/23 quarterfinal stage.

It's a matchup that pits the first and third-place teams in La Liga, and statistically the two hottest teams in Spain. Barcelona haven't lost in 11 matches in all competitions, while Real Sociedad are on their best win streak in club history, triumphing in their last nine in all competitions.

It was the luck of the random draw that gave Barcelona the home field advantage for this single-elimination quarterfinal. Extra time and, if necessary, penalties will be used to determine a winner on the day if both teams are level after 90 minutes. 

Real Sociedad have the unenviable task of facing both Spanish giants on the road in a span of four days with Real Madrid up next on Sunday in league play. Barcelona will hope to take advantage of that head-to-head battle to extend their lead atop La Liga as the turnaround under manager Xavi Hernandez continues.

Sporting News is following the Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

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Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live score

  1H 2H Final Barcelona — — — Real Sociedad — — —

Goals:
None

Lineups:

Barcelona lineup (4-4-2, right to left): 1-Ter Stegen (GK) — 23-Kounde, 4-Araujo, 15-Christensen, 28-Balde — 8-Pedri, 5-Busquets, 21-De Jong, 30-Gavi — 7-Dembele, 9-Lewandowski.

Real Sociedad lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Remiro (GK) — 6-Elustondo, 5-Zubeldia, 24-Le Normand, 15-Rico — 23-Brais, 3-Zubimendi, 42-Marin — 14-Kubo, 19-Sorloth, 10-Oyarzabal.

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live updates, highlights from Copa del Rey

5 mins from kickoff: As the teams get set to take the field, the Camp Nou has filled up nicely over the last half-hour.

Camp Nou bem marromenos hoje. Jogo de Copa é o único que passa na TV aberta. 7ºC. Quarta as 21h - tem muita gente que vem do interior da Catalunha e não consegue vir em jogos de meio de semana. pic.twitter.com/s1t1hUUkZ5— Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) January 25, 2023

35 mins from kickoff: A little Bon Jovi to get the juices flowing at the Camp Nou. 

Suena "Livin’ on a Prayer" de @BonJovi en el Camp Nou.

Tiene una explicación y tiene su gracia.

Luego lo contamos en @carrusel 😉 pic.twitter.com/dZyoSW7SQB — Sique RodríguezGairí (@SiqueRodriguez) January 25, 2023

40 mins from kickoff: Is this Barcelona's best backline when everyone is healthy?

For only the third time this season, Barça lines up with a defense consisting of Koundé - Araujo - Christensen - Baldé.

▪️Match 1 : Atlético 0 - 1 Barça
▪️Match 2 : Real Madrid 1 - 3 Barça

[@barcapassionat] pic.twitter.com/RajIkE32FY — total Barça (@totalBarca) January 25, 2023

65 mins from kickoff: Barcelona's lineup is out, and as predicted it mirrors what Xavi fielded for the Supercopa final against Real Madrid.

The big discussion topic is Marc-Andre ter Stegen taking over for Inaki Pena between the pipes after the latter started the last two Copa del Rey games. Xavi is putting his best team out there.

As for Real Sociedad, Diego Rico is in at left-back, Pablo Marin in midfield, and Mikel Oyarzabal starts and captains the team ahead of Robert Navarro.

115 mins from kickoff: Check out what the Barcelona players were wearing on their arrival to the Camp Nou.

Ya estamos aquí... y con estilo 😏 pic.twitter.com/IziHb3hZWP — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 25, 2023

130 mins from kickoff: With every Sociedad victory, the international profile of the manager simply known as Imanol continues to grow. Imanol Alguacil is a 51-year-old ex-Sociedad player who's been in charge since December 2018 and helped the team end a long trophy drought with the 2020 Copa del Rey title. It was their first Copa del Rey since 1988.

🏨La Real Sociedad ya está concentrada en Barcelona

🔵⚪️Así ha sido la llegada del conjunto de Imanol entre aficionados.

📹 @mfuster pic.twitter.com/OsGFkkBXGw — El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 25, 2023

140 mins from kickoff: Here are more not-so-great omens for Real Sociedad's trip to the Camp Nou:

In the Copa del Rey Quarter-finals specificaly, Barcelona and Real Sociedad faced each other 4 previous times. Barcelona advanced each time. pic.twitter.com/tklEN4cfXf — adil (@Barca19stats) January 20, 2023

13 - FC Barcelona have avoided the defeat in their 13 home games against Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey (W12 D1). Fort. pic.twitter.com/UjQeza6iLi — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 25, 2023

Real Sociedad have lost their last 26 games in a row against Barcelona. (MD) #fcblive pic.twitter.com/TOFbWWPmyH — Football España (@footballespana_) January 25, 2023

2 - Barcelona have only been eliminated in two of their 12 Copa del Rey ties against Real Sociedad (including three finals), the last time coming in the last 16 in 1980 (2-1 win in the first leg and 0-3 defeat in the second leg). Rivalry. pic.twitter.com/hWyDjYe5xY — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 25, 2023

Number of times reaching the Copa del Rey semi-finals since 1990:

21- Barcelona
02- Real Sociedad pic.twitter.com/GxEXhE0hKl — adil (@Barca19stats) January 20, 2023

150 mins from kickoff: All eyes will be on referee Jesus Gil Manzano, who has shown more red cards to Barcelona than to any other team in his career, according to Relevo. And he will meet Robert Lewandowski face to face again after his red card cost Lewa a three-match La Liga suspension. 

It's worth highlighting that VAR was made available in the competition beginning in the Round of 16 and will be available through to the final.

El Barcelona es el equipo al que 𝐦𝐚́𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐚𝐬 ha mostrado Gil Manzano como árbitro profesional:

✅ Messi
✅ Neymar
✅ Luis Suárez
✅ Lewandowski

📌 9 rojas en 33 partidos arbitrados al Barça. pic.twitter.com/EiAjNAasfY — Relevo (@relevo) November 8, 2022

180 mins from kickoff: Real Sociedad are going to need something special to make it 10 straight wins in all competitions and earn a victory at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona at home vs Real Sociedad:

- 93 matches
- 80 wins
- 10 draws
- 3 defeats pic.twitter.com/uDZc830dTN — Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 24, 2023

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad lineups

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez goes back to the 4-4-2 formation he used to beat Real Madrid in the final of the Supercopa with Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele as the forwards.

Although Lewandowski and fellow forward Ferran Torres have one more match to serve in their La Liga suspension, it does not apply to the Copa del Rey and both are available for selection. Torres starts on the bench.

In addition, Frenkie De Jong and Ronald Araujo return after sitting out last weekend's La Liga victory over Getafe. If there's any controversy it's that Marc-Andre ter Stegen takes over at goalkeeper instead of backup Inaki Pena, who has served as the Copa del Rey starting netminder thus far.

Barcelona starting lineup (4-4-2, right to left): 1-Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) — 23-Jules Kounde, 4-Ronald Araujo, 15-Andreas Christensen, 28-Alejandro Balde — 8-Pedri, 5-Sergio Busquets, 21-Frenkie De Jong, 30-Gavi — 7-Ousmane Dembele, 9-Robert Lewandowski.

Barcelona subs (11): 13-Inaki Pena (GK), 36-Arnau Tenas (GK), 18-Jordi Alba, 24-Eric Garcia, 20-Sergi Roberto, 2-Hector Bellerin, 17-Marcos Alonso, 19-Franck Kessie, 10-Ansu Fati, 22-Raphinha, 11-Ferran Torres.

Playmaker David Silva picked up an injury during training the day before the match and will sit out. Together with the absence of Mikel Merino, manager Imanol Barrenetxea loses two of his most important attacking elements. Defensively, La Real will have holding midfielder Martin Zubimendi return to the lineup after sitting out their last La Liga victory due to suspension.

The club is already without a long list of players: Moahmed Ali-Cho, Alex Sola, Ander Guevara, Jon Pacheco, Andoni Gorosabel, and forward Umar Sadiq.

Real Sociedad starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Alex Remiro (GK) — 6-Aritz Elustondo, 5-Igor Zubeldia, 24-Robin Le Normand, 15-Diego Rico — 23-Brais Mendez, 3-Martin Zubimendi, 42-Pablo Marin — 14-Takefusa Kubo, 19-Alex Sorloth, 10-Mikel Oyarzabal.

Real Sociedad subs (10): 13-Andoni Zubiaurre (GK), 30-Urko Gonzalez de Zarate, 12-Aihen Munoz, 31-Jon Ander Olasagasti, 28-Ander Martin, 4-Asier Illarramendi, 22-Benat Turrientes, 7-Ander Barrenetxea, 9-Carlos Fernandez, 17-Robert Navarro

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Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live stream, TV channel

According to Barcelona's official web site, only one of the following regions will be able to watch a live stream of the Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad match: American fans on ESPN+.

In countries in which Bet365 operates, the stream is available for registered users of the sports betting site.

  Date Time TV channel Streaming Australia Thu, Jan. 26 07:00 AEDT — — Canada Wed, Jan. 25 15:00 ET — — Hong Kong Thu, Jan. 26 04:00 HKT — — India Thu, Jan. 26 01:30 IST — — Malaysia Thu, Jan. 26 04:00 MYT — — New Zealand Thu, Jan. 26 09:00 NZDT — — Singapore Thu, Jan. 26 04:00 SGT — — UK Wed, Jan. 25 20:00 GMT — — USA Wed, Jan. 25 15:00 ET — ESPN+