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90'
Muniain
Álex Berenguer
2 - 3
62'
L. Messi
A. Griezmann
1 - 3
38'
L. Messi
Pedri
1 - 2
14'
Pedri
F. de Jong
1 - 1
3'
Williams
Raúl García
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
42% 57%
4
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 9
Total Passes 466 643
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 30 20 7 3 52 20 +32 67 D L W D W
2 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 30 20 6 4 53 24 +29 66 W W W W D
3 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 30 20 5 5 69 26 +43 65 L W W W W
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 30 19 4 7 44 24 +20 61 W W D W W
5 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 30 12 11 7 47 31 +16 47 D D L L W
6 Real Betis BET Real Betis 30 14 5 11 40 43 -3 47 D D W L W
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 30 11 13 6 43 33 +10 46 L W W W L
8 Granada GRA Granada 30 11 6 13 36 50 -14 39 W L L W L
9 Levante LEV Levante 30 9 11 10 37 39 -2 38 W L L W L
10 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 30 9 10 11 41 48 -7 37 L W L D W
11 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 30 9 10 11 39 33 +6 37 D D D D L
12 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 30 9 8 13 27 45 -18 35 W W L D W
13 Valencia VAL Valencia 30 8 10 12 37 42 -5 34 D L W L W
14 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 30 8 10 12 25 36 -11 34 W D D D L
15 Getafe GET Getafe 30 7 9 14 22 34 -12 30 L D D D L
16 Huesca HUE Huesca 30 5 12 13 31 45 -14 27 W W D L L
17 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 30 5 12 13 27 41 -14 27 L L D D W
18 Elche ELC Elche 30 5 11 14 27 46 -19 26 L D D L L
19 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 30 5 9 16 24 47 -23 24 D L L D L
20 Eibar EIB Eibar 30 4 11 15 22 36 -14 23 L L D L L

Key

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Conference League Qualifiers
Relegation

Commentary

Barca now travel to seventh-placed Granada for their next match while Athletic host title contenders Atletico. No doubt Barca will be hoping for a favour from their opponents today. You wouldn't put it past them getting one. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Barca rise to third in La Liga, five points behind Real Madrid and seven behind leaders Atletico Madrid who have two games in hand. It'll be hard for Koeman's team but there's no reason they can't budge their way back into the title discussion if they keep this form up. Athletic stay ninth. They've not had a bad first outing under Marcelino.
Barcelona claim a third away win in a row after an entertaining game. Athletic briefly looked like causing Barca further grief as they grabbed an early lead, but Barca soon turned things around with Messi the star of the show. Muniain gave Athletic hope at the end but hope was all it turned out to be.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: ATHLETIC BILBAO 2-3 BARCELONA
90' + 3' Williams jinks into the box and looks for a shooting opportunity but Barca have got the door firmly bolted. Williams runs out of options and goes down in a clash with Busquets, who gets the free-kick. There's no time for Barca to take it though - they've got the win!
90' + 1' Athletic have three minutes in which to find an equaliser.
Álex Berenguer
Assist
90' + 1' Credit to Berenguer for staying alert and punishing Barca's mistake. Still, it would be a real shock if Athletic were to salvage a point from this game. Barca have generally had the game under control.
Muniain
Goal
90' GOAL! ATHLETIC BILBAO 2-3 BARCELONA! Hello? What's this? Are Athletic still alive in this game? Berenguer rushes onto a sloppy Barca backpass and finds Muniain, who darts inside to curl a fabulous first-time effort into the far bottom corner. Messi shakes his head.
88' Messi almost embarrasses Martinez, knocking the ball past him to bustle into the penalty area. Martinez's defensive partner Nunez makes a well-timed sliding challenge to prevent Messi from shooting.
86' Messi's really left his mark on this game. He's been involved in pretty much everything. Balenziaga igves away a free-kcik for a shove on the Barca captain.
84' Athletic work the ball nicely into Barca's penalty area. Araujo is on hand to punt out for a corner before Morcillo can shoot. Barca defend the corner easily.
82' Barca put together a lovely flowing move and Griezmann fires into the ground from Alba's cross, forcing Simon to reach high to grab the shot as it bounces up towards him. Up the other end, Berenguer blazes over as he enters the box.
Jon Morcillo
Raúl García
80' Athletic make another change. Morcillo is on for Raul Garcia.
78' Griezmann's speculative effort from range flies over. The Frenchman's not been spectacular out there but he's played his part in what looks like a Barca win.
76' Braithwaite's first act on the pitch is to hand Athletic a corner. Barca stand firm though, as they have since the opening minutes.
M. Braithwaite
O. Dembélé
75' Dembele, who's had an OK game for Barca, also makes way for Braithwaite.
Óscar Mingueza
S. Dest
75' Barcelona substitution. Dest is replaced by the 21-year-old Barcelona B defender Mingueza.
74' Athletic are starting to tire. The game's been more equal in the second half. Barca's third goal has probably killed their chance of getting anything from this game though.
72' The post denies Messi his hat-trick! The Argentine receives a pass from Pedri in the box as Griezmann dummies and smashes against the left-hand post. That's the third time he's hit the woodwork now.
Dani García
Yellow Card
70' Dani Garcia gets booked for his lack of sportsmanship. He's only been on the pitch for a minute or two.
69' Dani Garcia gets brushed off the ball by Dest near the touchline and grabs a hold of the American's shirt as he goes down. Dest throws his arms up in protest.
67' Athletic get a corner as Williams' snap shot from the left of the box is blocked. Not much comes of it but the Basques are at least pushing to get back into this.
Dani García
Mikel Vesga
65' Next on for Athletic is Dani Garcia. He replaces Vesga.
Álex Berenguer
De Marcos
65' Athletic make a few substitutions. The quiet De Marcos is replaced by Berenguer.
64' Athletic will struggle to come back from what is now a two-goal deficit. Barca don't look inclined to give this lead up.
A. Griezmann
Assist
63' Griezmann claims the assist for a simple cross but it was all about Messi's finish. That's two goals for Messi now here. Don't bet against him scoring again.
L. Messi
Goal
62' GOAL! ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-3 BARCELONA! Dembele dribbles into Athletic's box before deciding to pass back. Barca circulate the ball to the opposite side and Messi lashes in off the crossbar from Griezmann's cross having ghosted into the box. It was going in before Simon can even raise a glove. That is laughably good.
59' Messi looks in the mood to score more. Barca's captain receives possession near the D and curls a fantastic left-footed effort towards goal. It's got Simon beat but kisses the edge of the left-hand post. It was inches away from finding the top left corner.
C. Lenglet
Yellow Card
57' Lenglet gets an avoidable booking for saying too much to the referee. The Frenchman is now suspended for Barca's next league match.
55' Athletic are certainly showing more attacking intent. They haven't allowed Barca to settle into their rhythm yet as they did in the opening 45 minutes.
53' Messi slots home what he thinks is Barca's third goal as he slips between Athletic's centre-backs. The offside flag is quickly up though, so it won't count. There's a quick VAR check but it's a fairly easy decision.
51' Athletic are starting this half as they did the first. Araujo hands the hosts a corner and Raul Garcia squanders a great chance to draw Athletic level, firing high and wide from inside the six-yard box from Capa's cross.
49' Vencedor shoots from just outside the box. ter Stegen gets down low to stop it finding the bottom left corner.
47' Athletic know they need to attack a bit more again now. De Marcos gets a free-kick as Lenglet challenges him too keenly.
45' We're back underway here. No changes at half-time.
It may be Marcelino's first game in charge of Athletic but the former Valencia boss faces an unwanted record if Athletic lose here. None of Athletic's last five head coaches have lost on their debut for the club since Mane in 2006. What more can the Basque side offer here to test Barca further?  
Barca have cruised here despite facing the setback of Williams' early goal. Athletic started the game at a frightening pace until Pedri levelled for Barca 15 minutes in. Since then the hosts have been quiet, allowing Messi to give Barca the lead. More to come!
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-2 BARCELONA
45' There'll be two added minutes at the end of this half.
44' Athletic have done precious little in an attacking sense since conceding an equaliser. Marcelino needs more from his team in the second half.
42' Barca look comfortable as we approach half-time but they'd like another goal. Messi gets a cute pass from Griezmann and fires wide of the right-hand post.
40' Barca go looking for a quick third goal. Griezmann unleashes a venomous shot from the left of the box that Simon pushes away. Dembele stretches but can't quite reach it to place into the net.
39' Messi has been directly involved in 24 goals against Athletic in 26 La Liga games now. He'd gone three games without scoring against them prior to his goal here.
Pedri
Assist
39' That was excellent stuff by Pedri. The youngster knew he didn't have time to shoot so laid off to Messi who was better placed. Barca have found their feet in this game now.
L. Messi
Goal
38' GOAL! ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-2 BARCELONA! Messi gives Barca the lead! It's a deft finish from the Argentine who calmly rolls the ball into the net from Pedri's clever backheel 15 yards out.
37' Griezmann wins a free-kick down the left as he's brought down by Williams. Barca can't create very much from the free-kick.
35' Dest positions himself well to get rid of Capa's pacy low cross from the right. Muniain was lurking at the far post.
34' Barca have overtaken Athletic in shots now - it's five to the visitors and four to the hosts. Athletic haven't had a shot since Barca equalised.
33' Barca knock the ball around patiently outside Athletic's box, trying to craft a decent opening. Dembele cuts inside from the right and curls an effort towards Simon. The Athletic keeper can't hold it at first but soon controls it at the second attempt.
Balenziaga
Yuri
31' The stricken Berchiche is fit enough to walk off the pitch unaided. Balenziaga replaces him.
30' Berchiche pulls up with a thigh strain after beating Dembele near the touchline. The left-back looks in some discomfort. He'll have to be replaced.
28' Simon rushes out of his goal to prevent Messi from latching onto Dembele's throughball. It's a good game, this.
Mikel Vesga
Yellow Card
27' Vesga receives the game's first yellow card for a mistimed challenge on Dembele.
26' Berchiche's low cross from the left isn't convincingly cleared by Barca's defenders. Athletic's pace in forward areas is continuing to worry the visitors.
24' Messi gets caught offside from Busquet's pass and Athletic have the chance to go upfield for the first time in a while. Raul Garcia is frustrated as he challenges for a high ball with Busquets and gives away a free-kick. 
22' Barca are starting to dominate proceedings now. Alba has a low effort saved from the left of the box. It's another Barca corner which Athletic see off.
20' Athletic are having to defend for the moment. Raul Garcia tugs on de Jong's shirt and gives away a foul in the centre of the pitch. 
18' We've had seven shots in the opening 15 minutes of this game - four for Athletic and three for Barca. It bodes well for the rest of the match.
16' Barca are starting to settle after that frantic start. The visitors win a corner down their left off Capa. Athletic clear. Dembele is caught offside from Messi's throughball.
F. de Jong
Assist
14' That was a smart assist by de Jong who knew he couldn't shoot himself from that angle. The Dutchman dragged Athletic's defenders away instead and gave Barca a quickfire equaliser.
Pedri
Goal
14' GOAL! ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-1 BARCELONA! De Jong reaches the byline and loops a high cross back towards the far post. Pedri arrives in the six-yard box at the right time to nod it into the net.
13' Dembele receives a pass from Messi and lets rip from the right edge of the box, inspiring Simon to tip it away. Athletic survive the resulting Barca corner.
12' Barca are just asking for trouble if they continue to play this high up the pitch. Williams gets in behind the visitors' defence again, firing straight at ter Stegen. It's a warning that more is to come from Athletic.
11' Athletic's captain Munain, playing on the left flank, has a pop from a tight angle. It's blocked by a Barca defender.
9' There's a brief chance for the players to take a breath as Pedri is fouled by Raul Garcia. There's no way the game can stay at this speed for 90 minutes.
7' What a pace this game has started at. Dest gets on the end of Griezmann's pass and fires towards goal, forcing a save from Athletic's goalkeeper Simon. Barca take the corner and Lenglet is caught offside when Dembele eventually sends the ball in.
5' Athletic have really raced out of the traps here. Their left-back Berchiche races into the box on the counter-attack after a Barca attack breaks down and lashes a shot into the side netting. It could be 2-0 already.
Williams
Goal
3' GOAL! ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-0 BARCELONA! Athletic take a stunning early lead! Williams bursts past Barca's high defensive line to latch onto Raul Garcia's throughball and bear down on the box. The forward takes a touch inside past Lenglet and fires low past ter Stegen!
Raúl García
Assist
3' That throughball from Raul Garcia was exquisite but Barca's offside trap totally failed there. What a start here at San Mames!
1' We're underway here in Bilbao!
The two sides are out on the San Mames pitch. Athletic are wearing their usual red and white striped shirts and black shorts. Barca are in their yellow away strip.
Athletic have lost just one of their last four La Liga games against Barcelona and are unbeaten in the sides' last two meetings here at San Mames. However, Athletic haven't gone three games in a row without losing against Barca since 2013. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 17 visits to Basque sides though. Will Barca make it three away wins in a row?
There's just the one change to Athletic from their 1-0 win over Elche as Capa starts at right-back. Berenguer drops to the bench. Barca make a single change too from their away win over Huesca as Griezmann starts ahead of Braithwaite.
SUBS: Riqui Puig, Junior Firpo, Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti, Konrad De la Fuente, Trincao, Inaki Pena, Neto, Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi (c), Ousmane Dembele.
SUBS: Inigo Vicente, Ibai Gomez, Dani Garcia, Mikel Balenziaga, Asier Villalibre, Kenan Kodro, Oihan Sancet, Jon Morcillo, Inigo Cordoba, Inigo Lekue, Jokin Ezkieta, Alex Berenguer.
ATHLETIC BILBAO (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Unai Nunez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri; Oscar De Marcos, Mikel Vesga, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain (c); Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia.
Athletic, meanwhile, are under new management after a weekend win against Elche was not enough to save Gaizka Garitano's job. It's Marcelino's first job since leaving Valencia in September 2019. No doubt a victory for the hosts here would be a great start to their new era.
Barcelona arrive in Bilbao looking to lift themselves to third in La Liga. Ronald Koeman's side sit fifth currently and are way off the pace in the title race behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. A win here would mark a tentative return to more familiar territory.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this La Liga match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at San Mames Stadium.