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December 1, 2013 3:00 PM EST
San Mamés Barria — Bilbao
Referee:‬ Juan Martínez‎
Attendance:‬ 35950‎
 
70′ Muniain
 
Top of the Match
Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera
Athletic Bilbao
Muniain
Muniain
Athletic Bilbao
Flop of the Match
Piqué
Piqué
Barcelona
Neymar
Neymar
Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona: Muniain condemns Catalans to back-to-back defeats

Having lost in midweek to Ajax, Gerardo Martino's men were once again beaten on the road thanks to the young Spaniard's effort in the second half.

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Iker Muniain's second-half strike condemned Barcelona to its second defeat in a row as Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 Sunday.

The Liga champions went down 2-1 with a lackluster Champions League display against Ajax in Amsterdam on Tuesday and struggled against a ferocious Bilbao before Muniain broke the deadlock in the 70th minute.

Gerardo Martino has received steady criticism from local media and fans for altering Barcelona's famed tiki-taka style since his summer appointment, and the backlash he suffered in midweek is only likely to grow stronger after the league leaders slumped to their first Liga defeat since March.

Athletic remain unbeaten at its new San Mames Stadium following a first victory over Barcelona in 14 attempts home and away.

Barcelona welcomed back in-form Chile international Alexis Sanchez from suspension and he joined Neymar and Cesc Fabregas in a fluid three-man forward line.

Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz tipped over impressively from Neymar in the 12th minute following typically slick Barcelona link-up play involving Andres Iniesta and Alexis.

In the 18th minute, Xavi threaded a delightful ball across the Bilbao box and looked on perplexed as none of his team-mates provided a decisive touch to open the scoring.

Athletic's twin wing threat of Muniain and Markel Susaeta proved quiet in the opening exchanges, but when the duo combined after 32 minutes the hosts should have taken the lead.

Susaeta's speculative cross was deflected into Muniain's path, but he scuffed into the arms of Jose Manuel Pinto from close range.

Neymar's struggles to keep his footing on the greasy surface was indicative of a disjointed Barca display and when Gaizka Toquero came close from Susaeta's delivery from the left flank, it underlined which team was ending the half in the ascendancy.

Bilbao resumed on the front foot, but they were grateful to see Neymar spurn an opening after chesting down Fabregas' lofted pass.

Ander Iturraspe breathed a sigh of relief when he received only a yellow card for bundling over Neymar after the Brazilian stole a march on the Athletic defense. Fabregas curled the resulting 59th-minute free kick just wide.

But the hosts continued to make like life deeply uncomfortable for Martino's men with their incessant work rate and pressing, and Athletic had its reward with 20 minutes remaining.

A familiar combination crafted the breakthrough - Susaeta charging down the right onto Ander Herrera's pass after Barca gave up possession and crossing for the onrushing Muniain to convert.

It almost got worse for Barcelona three minutes later when Pinto was forced into a superb reflex save from Toquero's header.

Most damningly for Martino's men, Pinto's opposite number, Iraizoz, was woefully under-worked in the closing stages, and Barca only remain above Atletico Madrid at the summit on goal difference.

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Athletic Bilbao

1
Iraizoz
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Aymeric Laporte
Defender
3.00
15
Andoni Iraola
Defender
3.00
24
Balenziaga
Defender
82′
3.50
8
Iturraspe
Midfielder
57′
3.00
14
Susaeta
Midfielder
70′
3.50
17
Mikel Rico
Midfielder
19′ 88′
2.50
18
Carlos Gurpegui
Midfielder
3.00
21
Ander Herrera
Midfielder
3.50
2
Toquero
Striker
70′
3.50
19
Muniain
Striker
70′ 86′
3.50

Barcelona

3.00
13
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
2.00
3
Piqué
Defender
2.50
21
Adriano
Midfielder
78′
3.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
2.50
6
Xavi
Midfielder
78′
2.50
8
3.00
14
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
57′
2.50
9
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
54′

Substitutes

13
Iago
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
Albizua
Defender
82′
 - 
7
Beñat
Midfielder
 - 
10
 - 
11
 - 
-
Guillermo
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
25
Oier
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
Bartra
Defender
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
78′
 - 
-
 - 
7
Pedro
Striker
84′
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0