FC Barcelona's Marc Bartra reacts after missing a goal against Real Sociedad, during their Spanish League soccer match, at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted resting key players was a mistake after the champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad Saturday that allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top.Fabregas replaced Song on the hour when Barca were already 3-1 down and Martino brought on forward Alexis Sanchez for full back Martin Montoya with around 20 minutes left but Sociedad were comfortably able to protect their lead and could have had a fourth when Vela hit the woodwork late on.Real have 63 points with 13 matches left, with Barca on 60 .Martino, who was red carded for calling Sociedad assistant coach Txema Lumbreras a "moron," also admitted he should have made changes earlier following Lionel Messi's effort that made it 1-1 after Song's 32nd-minute own goal put Sociedad ahead.
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