On Wednesday, Barcelona rallied from 1-0 down to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 and close to within six LaLiga summit points.
To give them hope of ending an eight-match run without a league win over the Catalans, Willian Jose put the visitors in front at Camp Nou against the run of play.
Before Frenkie De Jong prodded in what proved to be the winner before half-time, a fine strike from Jordi Alba restored parity as Barca secured a result that will go some way towards easing pressure on head coach Ronald Koeman.
The defeat was only Sociedad’s second this season in the league and ensured they lost out at the top of the table on leapfrogging Atletico Madrid.
Barca dominated the opening 25 minutes but from any of their first six shots failed to test Alex Remiro in the visiting net.
When Sociedad scored with their first effort at the goal of the match, they found themselves behind, Willian Jose converting Portu’s cut-back following a corner.
Only four minutes later, Barca leveled in fine style, Alba pouncing on a loose ball and shooting hard with his right foot past Remiro.
Just to see the ball cannon back off the bar, Antoine Griezmann danced his way past the defense and the goalkeeper, and Martin Braithwaite fired over from Pedri’s shot.
Alba’s low cross deflects kindly for De Jong to end, with VAR overturning the offside ruling, the pressure told before the break.
After sliding in to meet Alba’s cross, La Real started the second half much stronger but were fortunate not to fall 3-1 down, Griezmann somehow turning the ball away from the target.
When bearing down on target, Alexander Isak had a great opportunity to level, but the shielding Pedri made a vital tackle before colliding with the goal post for good measure, and after palming a shot into his path late on, Marc-Andre ter Stegen did brilliantly to deny the striker.