Barcelona suffer first Liga defeat of season
Messi has now hit 15 goals in 10 games and 29 overall in the league this season, but it counted for little on the night
Barca went into the game having set a new record for a La Liga start with 18 wins -- and just one draw against Real Madrid -- for 55 points from a possible 57.
Despite the loss, they are still 11 points ahead of Atletico Madrid, who play Levante on Sunday, and Real Madrid in third, who face Valencia, a huge 18 points off the pace.
Barca once again began with Andres Iniesta in attack alongside Messi and Pedro with Alexis Sanchez struggling for form and David Villa injured.
Real Sociedad played the more defensive Markel Bergara in midfield rather than Ruben Pardo but even so they were under threat right from the start with a ball over their backline from Iniesta that saw Messi scamper clear on goal.
On this occasion, he slotted the ball the wrong side of the post but he was not so forgiving minutes later as he fired Barca ahead.
Iniesta was once again involved as he slipped the ball to Messi on the edge of the area and he picked his spot in the corner past the desperate dive of keeper Claudio Bravo.
A weakened Barca had drawn 2-2 with Malaga at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarter-final in midweek but they came out all guns blazing in San Sebastian.
Still Real have a dangerous forward
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