Goal and Highlights: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona, 2019 La Liga
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3:55 PMa year ago

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Hopefully, you have enjoyed the game tonight as Athletic stunned defending champions, Barcelona in the La Liga opener. 

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3:54 PMa year ago

FT: Athletic Club 1-0 Barcelona

It wasn't a great game but a great goal won it. At 38 years old, Aduriz has no business attempting things like that but he did and it worked. 

Athletic had been quite poor in the second half and although Barcelona didn't do enough in the final third to win it, they looked the more likely as the game went on but Aduriz had different ideas. 

3:51 PMa year ago
92' Rafinha takes a free kick and Lenglet gets on the end of it but his header is tapped over the bar by the goalkeeper. The corner is cleared. 
3:49 PMa year ago

GOAL! Athletic 1-0 Barca

What a goal!!!!! Aduriz, who is just on the pitch, receives a cross with a bicycle kick and there's nothing ter Stegen can do. 38 years old!
3:47 PMa year ago

Sub! Williams off, Aduriz on

The big striker comes on for the dying minutes. 
3:44 PMa year ago
84' Barcelona have another chance as Griezmann wins a header in the box and while he turns it goalwards it's not enough and goes wide. 
3:40 PMa year ago

Sub! Lopez off, Benat on.

Warm applause from the crowd for both the player leaving and the player coming in. 
3:39 PMa year ago
79' Rafinha dribbles through the defence brilliantly and gets a shot away but it's deflected wide. The Brazilian has been impressive since coming on. 
3:35 PMa year ago

Sub! Roberto off, Perez on

Perez comes on as Barca chase a winner in Bilbao. He is on the right-wing. 
3:30 PMa year ago
70' There's a scramble in the box and it eventually falls to Rakitic who lashes it but it's always rising and goes over the bar. That's a great chance for Barca. 
3:25 PMa year ago

Sub: De Marcos off, Sancet on

That's a debut for Sancet and the fans welcome him with a fantastic roar. 
3:24 PMa year ago

Yellow! Nunez

64' Rakitic is taken down by Nunez and the defender receives a yellow card. 
3:23 PMa year ago

Luis Suarez update

3:22 PMa year ago
62' Athletic have a freekick from distance and as has seemed to be their tactic tonight they have a go. It's laid off for Yuri but it's wide and extremely high. 
3:19 PMa year ago
60' Barcelona win a free-kick from distance. Dembele crosses but it's headed clear. Rafinha volleys the shot back but it's wild and wide. 
3:16 PMa year ago
56' Williams is a real threat for Athletic. He gets away from Lenglet but he's at a tough angle and can't get his shot on target. 
3:12 PMa year ago
52' Rafinha gets on the end of a Dembele pass and his shot is deflected onto the outside of the post. The corner comes to nothing. 
3:09 PMa year ago
49' Barca win a corner and Dembele plays it toward the near post. Rakitic gets a yard on his marker but his header is over the bar. 
3:06 PMa year ago
46' The second half gets underway. 
3:04 PMa year ago

Sub: Alena off, Rakitic on

Valverde has decided that it's time to make his second change and it's his old favourite Rakitic replacing Alena. Barca Twitter will love that. 
3:03 PMa year ago

Who can break the deadlock?

Luis Suarez may have limped off with an injury but there's still no shortage of attacking talent on the pitch. Can Williams, Griezmann, Muniain, Garcia, Dembele or Rafinha produce something? From the feel of the first half, it might be more likely that the winner comes from a centre back at a corner. 
2:50 PMa year ago

Half Time: Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona

It hasn't been a great half. Athletic have been the better team but Barca has had the better chances with two shots hitting the woodwork. Athletic will be happy enough so far, Barca not so much. 
2:48 PMa year ago
45' Atletic win a corner but Pique rises higher than everyone else and clears it. 
2:48 PMa year ago
44' Wow! Rafinha almost breaks the deadlock. After some play on the right-wing the Brazilian comes inside onto his left foot and hits a superb shot that looks in all the way but Unai Simon uses every inch he has to get fingertips on it and it hits the bar. Great effort and an even better save. 
2:42 PMa year ago
39' Athletic are keen to test ter Stegen from distance. Unai Lopez is the latest to try a shot but it's off target. 
2:41 PMa year ago

Sub Suarez off, Rafinha on

The Uruguayan can't continue and he has been replaced by Rafinha. Griezmann is now playing in the middle. 
2:40 PMa year ago
36' Big chance for Athletic. Capa gets behind the defence and squares it to Raul Garcia but he's stretching and can't get power behind the shot and it's easy for ter Stegen. 
2:36 PMa year ago
33' Suarez seems to have taken a knock whilst missing that chance and is off the pitch receiving treatment. 
2:36 PMa year ago
32' Luis Suarez is handed a gift after a mistake from Unai Lopez but the Uruguayan can only hit the post and Athletic get away with one. 
2:34 PMa year ago
31' Ter Stegen is called into action again and this time it's comfortable. Unai Lopez shoots from distance and it's straight at the German. 
2:31 PMa year ago
28' The game has become a bit of a catalogue of errors in midfield. Barcelona isn't stringing anything together while Athletic are better in possession but not creating much. 
2:21 PMa year ago
17' Barcelona's first bit of good play comes as Dembele jinks past a defender and passes to Griezmann who tries to lay it into the path of Roberto but he's squeezed out and Athletic clear. 
2:18 PMa year ago
15' Williams gets behind Pique and leaves him in his wake as he goes toward goal. He's a bit wide though and ter Stegen does a good job with his angles and makes the save. 
2:11 PMa year ago
7' Dembele loses possession and Williams tries a fierce shot from all of 30 yards. Ter Stegen is equal to it and sends it round the post. Raul Garcia is unmarked at the back post from the corner but his header is high and wayward. 
2:09 PMa year ago
6' Williams gets behind Alba and wins a corner for his team. Lopez can't beat the first man though and De Jong clears. 
2:06 PMa year ago
2' Welcome to Spain Frenkie. Raul Garcia lands a late boot on the young Dutchman just to let him know he's there. 
2:04 PMa year ago
0' Athletic get us underway in their usual home colours of red and white tops with black shorts and socks against Barcelona in an all-yellow kit apart from a Blaugrana sash across the top. 
2:01 PMa year ago

Poll Results

76% of you believe Barcelona will win. 

 
2:00 PMa year ago

Ready to go

The players are lined up inside what looks like prison cells at San Mames. They make their way onto the pitch to the operatic sound of the Athletic anthem. Kick-off moments away. 
1:54 PMa year ago

Coutinho leaving?

Barcelona announced a 19 man squad for this game meaning one player that made the trip wouldn't play. That player is Coutinho and it appears the reason behind that is because Barcelona is in advance negotiations with Bayern Munich for the Brazilian to move on loan to Germany for the season. 
1:45 PMa year ago

Inaki starts

Fresh from signing a nine-year contract, Inaki Williams starts for Athletic. That means Aduriz is on the bench which will probably save Pique a lot of bruises tomorrow morning but he better get his hamstrings stretched right out in the warm-up as he'll have a lot of running to do if he is to stop the electric Inaki Williams. 
1:43 PMa year ago

Interesting midfield for Barcelona

Barcelona has picked an unusual three in midfield this evening. Roberto will anchor it with De Jong and Alena either side of him. Busquets and Rakitic both start on the bench. Is this a statement of intent from Valverde? San Mames isn't the kind of place to leave your experienced players on the bench. 
1:40 PMa year ago

Barcelona Subs

1:00 PMa year ago

Barcelona XI

12:58 PMa year ago

Athletic Subs

12:56 PMa year ago

Athletic XI

12:37 PMa year ago

Athletic v Barcelona Preview

You can read a full preview of the game here: 

Athletic v Barcelona Preview

12:35 PMa year ago

Barca expected to win

Over on VAVEL UK's new Twitter account, VAVEL European Football, fans have been voting on the outcome of tonight's game. At present 76% of fans think Barcelona will win, 16% expect a draw and just 8% are going for the home team. 
12:32 PMa year ago

League debuts?

With 90 minutes until kick-off, we should be hearing the team news soon. How many debutants will there be for both sides? 
7:01 PMa year ago
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7:01 PMa year ago
The last match between Athletic and Barcelona was last February 10, at the Camp Nou, when the scoreboard failed to move and the 23rd round of Liga Santander ended with the distribution of points between both teams.
7:00 PMa year ago

How to watch Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Live TV and Stream

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6:59 PMa year ago

Player to watch: Bilbao

Iñaki Williams is one of the clearest threats in the attack of Athletic Club that, in addition to his talent, has signed a contract virtually for life with the club of Bilbao.
Griezmann, nuevo jugador azulgrana | Foto: Noelia Déniz - VAVEL
Griezmann, nuevo jugador azulgrana | Foto: Noelia Déniz - VAVEL
 
6:58 PMa year ago

Player to watch: Barcelona

Antonie Griezmann has undoubtedly been one of the most popular signings this summer.

The striker, who has arrived from Atletico Madrid, will give more magic and power to the azulgrana attack. The Frenchman will be able to make his official debut for Barcelona in Bilbao if the coach chooses him to replace Messi's absence.

Griezmann, nuevo jugador azulgrana | Foto: Noelia Déniz - VAVEL
Griezmann, nuevo jugador azulgrana | Foto: Noelia Déniz - VAVEL
 
6:51 PMa year ago

Barcelona coach Valverde

"It's a very difficult game to start. Athletic had a good preseason and we will have to be attentive. In addition, we will not risk with any player and less with Messi. He's following a good recovery process".
6:51 PMa year ago

Athletic Bilbao coach Garitano

"The new signings they brought make them a better team. They will be a great Barcelona, but we want to be up to the task and win the match".
6:50 PMa year ago

FC Barcelona

Barcelona, on the other hand, arrives after a tour around Japan and the United States in which the youth academy has taken the lead.

With the South American internationals lacking game time (Suárez, Arthur, Coutinho and Arturo Vidal), the new signings will have to take centre stage.

The arrivals of De Jong, Neto, Griezmann, Firpo and the promotion of Wagué have eased the enthusiasm of the fans, who are asking more of their team after the undoing of the previous year.

With Neymar around the azulgrana trails, Valverde needs to start the season doing well.

6:48 PMa year ago

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao starts the season after a hard preparation summer. They have played eight friendly matches against rivals like Roma, Mönchendgladbach or Racing de Santander.

The almost lifetime renewal of Williams and the retirement announcement at the end of the year for Aduriz have been the most talked about in Bilbao, which hope to meet the goals set for the season.

6:45 PMa year ago

Kick-off time

The Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona match will be played at San Mamés, in Bilbao, Spanish. The kick-off is scheduled at 3pm ET.
6:44 PMa year ago
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