Lionel Messi set a new goalscoring landmark as Barcelona came from two goals down to beat Real Sociedad 4-2 and break their Anoeta cruse.
A stunning late free-kick at the end of an otherwise quiet outing from the Argentina star made him the top league goalscorer for one club in any of Europe’s top five divisions, surpassing Gerd Muller with his 366th LaLiga goal.
The Catalan giants had returned winless from their last seven trips to Sociedad in the top flight and were primed for further disappointment after falling behind to Willian Jose’s 11th-minute header.
Juanmi doubled the hosts’ lead with a heavily deflected finish after a superb assist from Sergio Canales, but that only served to stir Barca into life and Paulinho reduced the deficit before half-time.
The home side thought they had a second when Willian Jose’s deflected shot nestled into the back of Ter Stegen’s net, but Ivan Rakitic had been fouled beforehand.
Their disappointment was soon assuaged as another goal did arrive, Juanmi collecting a wonderful lofted throughball from Canales before driving his effort off Roberto and into the net.
Real Sociedad (4-3-3): Rulli; Odriozola, Llorente, Navas, Rodrigues; Prieto (Januzaj 78), Illarramendi, Zurutuza (Zubeldia 56); Canales, Willian Jose, Juanmi (Oyarzabal 60)
Unused subs: Agirretxe, Tono, Elustondo, Gorosabel
Goals: Willian Jose 11, Juanmi 34
Bookings: Illaramendi 63, Oyarzabal 84
Barcelona (4-4-2): ter Stegen; S. Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, J. Alba; Paulinho (Dembele 65), Rakitic, Busquets, Andre Gomes (Digne 80); Messi, L. Suarez (D. Suarez 90)
Unused subs: Cillessen, Mascherano, Vidal, Iniesta
Goals: Paulinho 39, L. Suarez 50, 71, Messi 85 .
Ernesto Valverde’s men got back into the contest six minutes before the break, Suarez laying on a simple finish for Paulinho.