Barcelona rode their luck to come from behind and win 2-1 at Real Sociedad on Saturday as they dispel their terrible record in San Sebastian and maintaining their perfect start to the La Liga season.
The reigning champions fell behind following a thumping shot from Aritz Elustondo in the 12th minute from a set piece.
With Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets on the bench after a busy international break, Ernesto Velverde’s men were far from their best and survived a mini onslaught from the home side in the second half thanks to brilliant saves from goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.
But the Catalans were always going to be a threat in attack and Luis Suarez levelled in the 63rd with a scrappy goal.
Barely a minute after Ter Stegen had blocked a gaping chance for Juanmi, Uruguayan striker Suarez took advantage of some confusion in the area following a free kick and smashed home from close range to the disbelief of the home supporters.
Then against the run of play the Catalans took the lead following another set piece, Dembele sending the ball skidding in after goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli had flapped at a corner and left his net unguarded.
Real Sociedad missed several chances to equalise in the final stages as Barca walked away with three priceless points.
Barca now lead the standings with 12 points after four games although Real Madrid can join them at the league’s summit if they win at Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday.