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Salma Paralluelo Shines with Four Goals in Barcelona’s Rout of Real Sociedad

Barca Femeni celebrating thier 7-1 win over Real Sociedad Femenino / Getty Images
Barca Femeni celebrating their 7-1 win over Real Sociedad Femenino / Getty Images

Barcelona’s dominant performance against Real Sociedad showcased their football prowess amidst adverse weather conditions.

When Barcelona faced Real Sociedad during lunchtime, they treated viewers at home and those braving the downpour at Zubieta to a stunning football spectacle, highlighted by Salma Paralluelo’s four-goal spree and the much-anticipated comeback of Alexia Putellas.

For Jonatan Giráldez, it’s a welcome conundrum to handpick eleven players from a talent-packed squad every few days. The Vigo strategist opted to give Aitana, Patri, and Engen a breather, fielding Vicky López, Esmee Brugts on the wing, Mariona in midfield, and Martina from the start. With an eye on the Cup semifinal’s return leg, Natalia Arroyo kept key players like Eizagirre, Amaiur, Bernabe, and Andreia on the bench. Yet, the team remained steadfast in their identity, relentlessly pursuing possession.

In the initial fifteen minutes, Real’s defense stood resolute, denying any breaches. Arnaiz thwarted a threatening cross from Salma, while Vanegas nearly caused an upset. Despite Lete’s efforts, Vicky López’s long-range strike broke the deadlock, signaling the onslaught. Against “the best in the world,” as Captain Eizagirre remarked, resistance was futile. Salma Paralluelo dazzled in Basque territory, securing her second season ‘poker’, with each goal a testament to her skill.

Vicky and Salma, likened to big and little sisters, symbolize both the present and future of Barcelona, their synchrony evident on the field. Caroline Graham Hansen, too, left her mark with yet another goal, further solidifying her position as the top scorer. Alexia, making a triumphant return after 117 days, capped off the Sunday afternoon with a goal, much to the delight of the culé faithful. As Amaiur found the net for Real, it became evident—the Queen has returned.