Philippe Coutinho's second half goal gave Barcelona slim win over Real Sociedad

Philippe Coutinho's second half goal gave Barcelona slim win over Real Sociedad

- Barcelona gave Andres Iniesta a befitting sendforth on Sunday, May 20 after beating Real Sociedad 1-0 at the Camp Nou

- Brazil international Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal to help Barca claim their 28th league win this season

- Meanwhile, Xavi Hernandez was amongst the superstar at the stands to watch Iniesta play his last game for the Catalans

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Philippe Coutinho's second half goal against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on Sunday, May 20, ensured Barcelona sent their outgoing captain Andres Iniesta forth on a winning note.

The Brazilian attacker scored the only goal that separated the two sides in the 57th minute after dribbling past the visitors' defenders before beautifully displacing the keeper 12 minutes into the second half.

Both teams played a goalless draw in the first 45 minutes of the last Spanish League game of the season, but all the efforts failed to reach their targets.

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This victory means that the Catalans finished the season top of the league table with 93 points from 38 matches - 24 points above second placed Atletico Madrid.

While Champions League finalists, Real Madrid third on the log with 76 points from the same number of games, however, they have the chance to win a trophy this season when they battle Liverpool in the UCL final in Kiev later this month.

Lionel Messi, who started from the bench came in for the goalscorer, Coutinho in the 67th minute, while the outgoing captain, Iniesta made way for Francisco Alcacer in the 82nd minute of the game.

Meanwhile, former captain Xavi Hernandez was among the legends that flew in to honour Iniesta in his last game for the Catalan club.

He was also given the honour to present the Argentine star the player of the month award for April.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Spanish attacker Andres Iniesta will be leaving Barcelona at the end of this season.

The 33-year-old disclosed this information during the team’s press conference ahead of his side’s Spanish League fixture against Deportivo La Coruna this weekend.

He is expected to join Chinese Super League side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan after quitting the Camp Nou outfit this summer.

Iniesta won four Champions League titles, eight La Liga’s, six Copa Del Rey and seven Supercopa de Espana titles in his 16-year reign at the Camp Nou.

He also clinched three UEFA Super Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cup titles with 57 goals from 669 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He has been an integral part of Barca's team this season, scoring in the 5-0 Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla.

The attacker had 125 caps for the Spanish national team and will be representing his country for the last time at the World Cup this summer.

He won the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 - on top of four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles - set to be nine - and multiple other trophies for Barcelona.

Barca, who have five games left before Iniesta leaves, will wrap up the Spanish title if they win Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, April 29.

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