Barcelona stunned as Liga leaders unbeaten record unravels in Sociedad after Pique sees red
23:50 GMT, 19 January 2013
01:17 GMT, 20 January 2013
Real Sociedad hit back from two goals down to end Barcelona's unbeaten Primera Division record in stunning fashion at the Anoeta this evening.
All looked to be going to plan for Tito Vilanova's visitors when Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez put them 2-0 up within 25 minutes.
Not used to this: Barcelona kick-off during their 3-2 defeat to Real Sociedad
No you don't: Sociedad's goalkeeper takes the ball away from Lionel Messi
Get off the pitch: Gerard Pique (background) was dismissed by the referee
But Gonzalo Castro's brilliant strike gave Sociedad hope before half-time and then, after Barca had lost centre-back Gerard Pique to a red card, Castro's curling effort was deflected into his own net by Barca substitute Javier Mascherano.
That sent the home fans wild, but it got even better in stoppage time when Imanol Agirretxe poked Carlos Martinez's cross from the right past Victor Valdes to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win.
Best in the world Sociedad didn't care about Messi's reputation as they turned over the favourites
It started off so well: Barcelona went 2-0 up with goals from Messi and Pedro
Barca had headed to San Sebastian having dropped only two points in La Liga this season – in October's 2-2 Clasico draw with Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.
Second-placed Atletico Madrid could move within eight points of the leaders if they beat Levante on Sunday, while third-spotted champions Real Madrid can get within 15 points if they overcome Valencia at the Mestalla.
Eyes on the ball: Tito Vilanova could do nothing as his side lost their unbeaten record