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I. Rakitić
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85'
M. Braithwaite
L. Suárez
71'
I. Rakitić
L. Messi
1 - 0
62'
Unai Núñez
Yellow Card
32'
Sergio Busquets
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Match Stats

Possession
72% 27%
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4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 0
Total Passes 771 278
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 38 26 9 3 70 25 +45 87 D W W W W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 38 25 7 6 86 38 +48 82 W L W W W
3 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 38 18 16 4 51 27 +24 70 D W W D W
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 38 19 13 6 54 34 +20 70 W D W W W
5 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 38 18 6 14 63 49 +14 60 W L L W L
6 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 38 16 8 14 56 48 +8 56 D D W L D
7 Granada GRA Granada 38 16 8 14 52 45 +7 56 W W L W D
8 Getafe GET Getafe 38 14 12 12 43 37 +6 54 L L D L D
9 Valencia VAL Valencia 38 14 11 13 46 53 -7 53 L W L W D
10 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 38 13 13 12 46 54 -8 52 D W W L D
11 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 38 13 12 13 41 38 +3 51 L L W L L
12 Levante LEV Levante 38 14 7 17 47 53 -6 49 W W L L D
13 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 38 9 15 14 32 43 -11 42 W L L L W
14 Eibar EIB Eibar 38 11 9 18 39 56 -17 42 L W W D L
15 Real Betis BET Real Betis 38 10 11 17 48 60 -12 41 L L L W D
16 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 38 10 9 19 34 59 -25 39 L W D L L
17 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 38 7 16 15 37 49 -12 37 D L L D D
18 Leganés LEG Leganés 38 8 12 18 30 51 -21 36 D W W D W
19 Mallorca MLL Mallorca 38 9 6 23 40 65 -25 33 D L L W L
20 Espanyol ESP Espanyol 38 5 10 23 27 58 -31 25 D L L L L

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Commentary

That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Barcelona are now top of LaLiga ahead of Real Madrid, who play tomorrow and Barca need their rivals to drop points. Next up for Barca is a trip to Celta Vigo, whilst Bilbao will welcome Mallorca.
Barcelona get back to winning ways, with a 1-0 victory over Bilbao, thanks to a second half goal from Rakitic. Barcelona kept pressing after the restart and despite having numerous chances to score, they could only manage one which wrapped up the three points. It came after Messi tried to turn away from his marker in the box and flicked the ball out to an unmarked Rakitic, who fired it into the back of the net. Vidal and Fati went close late on, with the latter striking the woodwork. They could and should have scored more, but Simon in the Bilbao goal pulled off some excellent saves to deny them.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 1-0 ATHLETIC BILBAO
90' + 4' CHANCE! So close from Barcelona, but they are denied by a great save from Simon and the woodwork! Alba is released down the left and he plays a deep cross towards Vidal at the far post, he drills a shot towards goal but Simon makes a great save. The rebound falls to Fati, but his shot strikes the bottom of the post and then Bilbao clear the danger.
90' + 2' There is still time left on the clock for Bilbao to score a late equaliser, can they nick a point late on?
I. Rakitić
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Rakitic is booked late on for a foul on the halfway line.
90' There will be a minimum of five minutes added time played.
89' CLOSE! Fati lays the ball off to Messi on the edge of the box, who tries to place it into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, but it takes a slight deflection and goes just wide of the post.
87' Into the wall! Messi is fouled and then takes the resulting free-kick himself, but his low set piece flies straight into the Bilbao wall and the visitors clear the danger.
M. Braithwaite
L. Suárez
85' Late substitution up front for Barcelona now, with Suarez replaced by Braithwaite.
84' Bilbao with the pressure now and Barcelona don't look particularly comfortable at the back. Raul Garcia almost gets his head onto a cross into the box after Ter Stegen came off his line to stop the cross, but misses it and luckily for Barca, Raul Garcia doesn't make contact with the ball.
82' Barca are pushing forward in search of a second goal which would surely wrap up the victory, a crucial win in the title race and it would put the pressure back on Real Madrid.
80' CHANCE! Great run by Messi down the right, he cuts inside onto his left foot and tries to curl the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. However, it flies just inches wide of the post.
Raúl García
Oihan Sancet
78' Sancet is the latest player to come off the pitch and he has been replaced by Raul Garcia.
76' Another cooling break now due to the high temperatures that the teams are playing in today. It is also a good opportunity for the Bilbao coaches to get some messages across and push their players on, as Ter Stegen hasn't been tested yet in the second half.
74' BLOCKED! Good chance for Suarez in the penalty area, his shot seemed to be heading on target but Nunez manages to get across and makes a superb block to send the ball over the bar and out for a corner.
73' Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last four LaLiga matches and haven’t kept five in a row in the competition since May 2016, under Luis Enrique Martínez (six).
L. Messi
Assist
71' Bilbao failed to deal with danger and allowed Messi to get into the penalty area, it looks like he is about to shoot, but instead he just manages to flick it out to Rakitic who puts Barca ahead.
I. Rakitić
Goal
71' GOOOAAALLL! Barcelona break the deadlock, they lead 1-0! Rakitic fires them into the lead after the ball falls to him in the penalty area. Messi tried to work space for the shot himself, but just can't find the space and it fires out to Rakitic who was unmarked and he smashed it past Simon and into the back of the net.
Asier Villalibre
Williams
69' Williams has played well for Bilbao, but hasn't been involved as much in the second half. Villalibre is his replacement.
Capa
Lekue
69' Two more substitutions by Bilbao now, the first sees Lekue replaced by Capa.
67' Good move by Bilbao! Muniain sprints forward and stretches the Barca defence, he tries to find Sancet in-behind but the striker isn't on the same wavelength and Ter Stegen gathers the ball.
65' Chance! Fati with a chance with his first touch since coming onto the pitch. Bilbao clear an initial corner, but Barca get the ball back into the penalty area and Fati meets it but it flies just over the crossbar.
Ansu Fati
A. Griezmann
65' The other change sees Griezmann replaced by Fati.
I. Rakitić
Sergio Busquets
64' Double substitution now for Barca, with Busquets heading off the pitch and he has been replaced by Rakitic.
63' Messi whips the resulting free-kick into the box following the Suarez foul. It looked like Messi would go for goal, but instead he opts to chip it into the box towards Vidal, but the set piece has too much on it and it flies out of play.
Unai Núñez
Yellow Card
62' Nunez is the first Bilbao player to be booked after a late challenge on Suarez.
59' Puig has done well since coming onto the pitch a few minutes ago, he looks lively and has been involved in some good play in the final third.
Muniain
Iñigo Córdoba
57' The other change sees Cordoba replaced by Muniain.
Dani García
Unai López
57' Double substitution now by Bilbao, with Lopez coming off and he has been replaced by Dani Garcia.
Riqui Puig
Arthur
56' Barca have made their first substitution of the game, with Arthur the man coming off and he has been replaced by Puig.
54' SAVE! Simon with a great stop to deny Griezmann, after the striker tried to chip the keeper in the box. Griezmann seemed surprised by how quickly Simon came off his line and smothered the shot, but he still should've done better from there.
52' It could be a long half for Bilbao as Barca are keeping the ball in their half well at the moment and the visitors are having to get everyone back behind the ball. No sign of any changes for either side yet.
50' Griezmann has failed to score in his last six league appearances and hasn’t gone seven without a goal in the top-flight since December 2016 (nine, at Atletico Madrid).
48' Bright start here by Barca, they have Bilbao penned inside their own half at the moment and are pressing forward in numbers in search of the opening goal.
46' The second half is under way!
As the half went on the pace of the game dropped and there seem to be a few tired Barca players, with an injection of pace needed for the second period. Whilst Bilbao look fresh after their six changes from the weekend.
It's goalless at the break, despite both teams having chances in the first half and it being a very open game at times. Bilbao have defended well in numbers, whilst also looking dangerous on the counter-attack themselves. Williams had the best chance for Bilbao after beating Lenglet and Pique for pace, but he dragged his shot just wide of the near post. Later on Alvarez had a huge chance with a header from a free-kick, but it flew high over the bar. Whilst Suarez has had a couple of opportunities for Barca, including one down the right which he should've done better from.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 0-0 ATHLETIC BILBAO
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
43' It's difficult for Barca to break down the Bilbao defence, because when the visitors have everyone back behind the ball and are defending, they are switching into a five man defence, so there isn't much space to play into.
41' Offside! Semedo with a lovely through ball in-behind the Bilbao defence looking for Suarez, who tries to race onto it, but Simon rushes out and smothers the ball. However, the flag goes up for offside anyway.
40' There's not long left to play before the end of the first half now, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
38' There isn't enough movement by the Barcelona players in the final third, they seem to be running out of ideas as they are comfortable keeping the ball in the middle of the pitch. Alba just got into a good position down the left, but then passes the ball straight back to the visitors.
36' Bilbao are getting themselves into some good positions in the Barca final third, but the final pass into Williams is poor and the hosts have been able to clear the danger. The same could be said of Barcelona, with a few misplaced passes at that end of the pitch.
34' This exact fixture ended 1-1 in LaLiga last season, ending a run of 14 consecutive home victories for Barcelona against Athletic in the competition - their best run against them in their history.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
32' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Busquets for a high footed challenge on Wiliams. Poor and unnecessary challenge by the midfielder.
30' We have a brief stoppage in play now for a cooling break, giving both teams time to rest and take on some instructions from the bench as well. It remains goalless at the half hour mark.
28' Bilbao have everyone back behind the ball at the moment, trying to soak up the Barca pressure as it builds midway through this first half.
26' Busquets is controlling the midfield for Barca at the moment, linking up play with Messi. Arthur and Vidal haven't featured too much for the hosts yet.
24' Good counter by Barca, with Messi feeding Suarez down the left, it looks like the pass was too heavy, but Suarez somehow manages to keep the ball in play. However, Griezmann is too slow to react and Bilbao clear the danger.
23' Almost! Good move by Bilbao, with a low cross coming into the box for Williams, but Busquets just gets back in time to put the striker off and he misses the ball.
21' CHANCE! Alvarez should've opened the scoring for Bilbao! The visitors won a free-kick midway in the Barca half, after Williams is fouled by Lenglet. The ball is superbly whipped into the penalty area by Lopez and Alvarez loses his marker and meets the cross, powering his header towards the top corner. However, he somehow turns the ball over the bar. Great opportunity.
19' The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last few minutes, with Messi having to drop deep to get on the ball and influence the game.
17' After nine consecutive LaLiga victories against Athletic between 2014 and 2018 (keeping seven clean sheets in the process), Barcelona are winless in their last three games against the Basque side in the competition (D2 L1), failing to score in the last two.
15' Another opportunity for Suarez! The striker was played through on the right and fired a shot towards the bottom left-hand corner of the net. However, he drags it well wide of the Bilbao goal.
14' Decent opportunity! Suarez goes for goal with a low strike from the edge of the penalty area, after a lovely pass from Griezmann, the striker perhaps should've passed it back to his team-mate, but instead he went for goal and it was a comfortable save for Simon.
13' CHANCE! Williams gets away from Lenglet and Pique after a good through ball in behind the Barca defence, the striker then tries to beat Ter Stegen at his near post, but the shot flies narrowly wide of the post.
12' Messi is just one goal away from 700 career goals, a remarkable achievement and one he will hope to reach tonight. The Barca captain looks very keen, as he has been lively in attack so far.
10' Decent chance! Messi goes for a cheeky chip, trying to catch Simon by surprise from the edge of the penalty area. However, the keeper reads it well and makes a comfortable save.
9' Excellent high press by Barcelona, they aren't allowing Bilbao any time or space on the ball to play out from the back. However, as they are playing quite a high line, it leaves them open to a long ball over the top.
7' It's end-to-end at the moment, with both teams pressing forward and looking for the opening goal early on. Barca are edging possession, but Bilbao look keen to counter quickly, with the pace of Williams up front.
5' Barca chance! The hosts respond to the Bilbao chance at the other end with an opportunity of their own. Messi dribbles into the box and does superbly, finds Alba and a low cross comes into the box, but Suarez just can't get to the ball in time and Simon pounces.
4' CLOSE! Bilbao almost score from the set piece! They take the corner short, before the ball is whipped deep into the box by Lopez, which catches Ter Stegen by surprise and it almost flies into the far right-hand corner of the net! However, the keeper just gets a hand to it in time and Barca manage to clear the danger.
3' Bilbao win the first corner of the game, after Balenziaga's cross was well blocked by Pique. Can the visitors carve out an early opportunity?
2' Good early move by Barcelona down the left wing, with Alba getting forward straight away, but the pass from Suarez into his path is slightly too heavy and it goes out of play.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
Meanwhile Bilbao have made six changes to their starting line-up, with Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche, Dani Garcia, Muniain and Raul Garcia dropping out of the side, with De Marcos, Balenziaga, Vesga, Lekue and Sancet starting for the visitors.
Barcelona have made two changes to the side that drew with Sevilla, with Rakitic and Braithwaite dropping to the bench, they have been replaced by Arthur and Suarez.
BILBAO SUBS: Dani Vivian, Iker Muniain, Ander Capa, Mikel San Jose, Unai Vencedor, Gaizka Larrazabal, Iago Herrerin, Dani Garcia, Kenan Kodro, Asier Villalibre, Raul Garcia, Inigo Martinez.
BILBAO (4-2-3-1): Unai Simon; Oscar De Marcos, Unai Nunez, Yeray Alvarez, Mikel Balenziaga; Unai Lopez, Mikel Vesga; Inigo Lekue, Oihan Sancet, Inigo Cordoba; Inaki Williams.
BARCELONA SUBS: Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Junior Firpo, Inaki Pena, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Monchu, Ronald Araujo, Alex Collado, Neto.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.
Bilbao are also unbeaten in their last three games, with two draws and a victory last time out coming against Real Betis, which sees them sit ninth in LaLiga. They are just five points off the European qualification places, with Villarreal occupying seventh spot.
Barcelona dropped to second in LaLiga at the weekend after a 0-0 draw with Sevilla, allowing Real Madrid to capitalise and jump to the top of the table. Since the season re-start, Barca have won two and drawn one of their three games, with those victories coming against Mallorca and Leganes.
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