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Result: Barcelona retain top spot in La Liga after beating Real Sociedad

Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 2-0 to move five points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Barcelona are five points clear at the top of La Liga for the time being after a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.

Neymar's header early in the second half and an acrobatic strike from Pedro late on proved enough for the Blaugrana, who had several opportunities to take the lead before the break.

Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou on May 9, 2015© Getty Images

The first of those chances came within the opening minutes as Daniel Alves's pinpoint cross found the head of Lionel Messi, but the Argentine was denied by a flying save from Geronimo Rulli.

Moments later, Barca again went close to taking the lead as Rulli tipped away Neymar's low drive.

Later in the half, the leaders missed another chance when Messi delivered an inch-perfect cross for Luis Suarez, only for the Uruguayan to miss the target as Luis Enrique's men failed to make the most of their first-half dominance.

They did, however, take the lead when Neymar's far-post header from Messi's cross finally found a way past the resolute Rulli.

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad de Futbol during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou on May 9, 2015© Getty Images

Just before the hour mark, Barca tried to add a second as Suarez looked to fashion a half-chance, but was denied by a sliding tackle from Carlos Martinez before he could unleash his shot.

The hosts did make sure of victory when Pedro's bicycle kick, moments after coming on a substitute, potentially put Barca within sight of the title.

If a proposed player's strike goes ahead in Spain then the Catalan giants may already be champions, with the final two rounds of fixtures in La Liga and the Copa del Rey final under threat.

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Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with the goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli of Real Sociedad during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and FC Barcelona at Estadio Anoeta on January 4, 2015
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20135253203344
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11GironaGirona205962326-324
12Espanyol197392127-624
13Leganes205871721-423
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Real Valladolid205781723-622
16EibarEibar195772128-722
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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