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A match that left a lot to be desired

In a match that promised to be exciting, Barcelona and Athletic starred in a match that left much to be desired in terms of football spectacle. From the beginning, both teams showed difficulties in generating danger in the rival area, which resulted in a lackluster and undynamic game.
In the first half, Barcelona, although trying to maintain control of the ball, was affected by injuries to some of its key players in the midfield. This situation unbalanced the game of the Catalan team, which was forced to give possession of the ball to Athletic. However, the Bilbao team also failed to capitalize on this situation, showing a lack of creativity in creating scoring opportunities.
As the match progressed, scoring opportunities became scarce and arrivals to the areas became less and less frequent. Both teams missed clear scoring chances in the second half, which contributed to the feeling of stagnation in the development of the game.
Athletic tried to increase the pressure on Barcelona through crosses and shots from outside the area, but failed to create truly dangerous scoring situations that would put goalkeeper Ter Stegen in trouble. Despite some moments in which the home team seemed to have control of the game, Barcelona stood firm in defense and managed to keep a clean sheet.
Featured player: Joao Cancelo

March 3, 2024 5:08 PM ET
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93' The match ends

The game ends in San Mamés.

March 3, 2024 4:59 PM ET
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92'

Deflected header from Dani García.

March 3, 2024 4:57 PM ET
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91'

Koundé cleared a cross that came from the right and sent it to the corner kick.

March 3, 2024 4:56 PM ET
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90' We're going until 93

3 minutes are added to the meeting.

March 3, 2024 4:55 PM ET
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87' Tarjeta amarilla 🟨

Koundé's foul prevents an Athletic counterattack.

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86' Yellow card 🟨

Foul by Berenguer on Lamine Yamal.

March 3, 2024 4:51 PM ET
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84'

Unai Simón kept the ball that Joao Félix tried to connect.

March 3, 2024 4:49 PM ET
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81'

Joao Félix tried to finish but was blocked, Cancelo could not continue the play and it was a goal kick for Athletic.

March 3, 2024 4:47 PM ET
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79' Changes in Athletic

⬆️: de Marcos

⬇️: Prados

March 3, 2024 4:45 PM ET
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78'

Gündogan cross from a corner kick that Athletic manages to clear.

March 3, 2024 4:43 PM ET
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75' Changes in Barcelona

⬆️: Martínez, Félix and Romeu

⬇️: Raphinha, Cubarsí and Christensen

March 3, 2024 4:42 PM ET
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75' Changes in Athletic

⬆️: Ares and Villalibre

⬇️: Williams and Guruzeta

March 3, 2024 4:42 PM ET
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74'

Paredes cleared Cancelo's center.

March 3, 2024 4:40 PM ET
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72'

Berenguer tried to finish in the area but failed, Ter Stegen caught.

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71'

Cancelo rejected Berenguer's corner kick and again a corner kick for Athletic.

March 3, 2024 4:36 PM ET
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68'

Christensen cleared Berenguer's cross attempt.

March 3, 2024 4:33 PM ET
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65' Yellow card 🟨

Foul by Imanol on Lamine Yamal.

March 3, 2024 4:30 PM ET
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63' Changes in Athletic

⬆️: Sancet and Ruiz de Galarreta

⬇️: Vesga and Unai Gómez

March 3, 2024 4:29 PM ET
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62'

Berenguer's center that Álvarez failed to connect.

March 3, 2024 4:28 PM ET
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61' Yellow card 🟨

Foul by Christensen on Prados.

March 3, 2024 4:27 PM ET
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60'

Foul by Christensen on García.

March 3, 2024 4:26 PM ET
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59'

Berenguer attempted the shot, the rebound fell to Gómez who did not finish well and the ball remained in the hands of the Barça goalkeeper.

March 3, 2024 4:25 PM ET
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57'

Paredes closed out Lewandowski's shot opportunity.

March 3, 2024 4:22 PM ET
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55'

Foul in attack by Berenguer on Lamine Yamal.

March 3, 2024 4:20 PM ET
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54'

Great play by Berenguer on the right, Cubarsí sent the corner kick.

March 3, 2024 4:19 PM ET
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52'

Shot at Fermín's goal from outside, went wide.

March 3, 2024 4:17 PM ET
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51' Yellow card 🟨

The first for Athletic for Dani García by hand.

March 3, 2024 4:17 PM ET
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49'

Williams shot from the right from outside the area but it went over.

March 3, 2024 4:15 PM ET
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48'

Berenguer looked for the first and Gündoğan stole it from him in the six-yard box.

March 3, 2024 4:14 PM ET
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47'

Williams looked for a cross that went wide.

March 3, 2024 4:13 PM ET
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46'

Foul by Cubarsí in the middle of the field.

March 3, 2024 4:12 PM ET
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45' The second half begins

Roll the ball for 45 more minutes.

March 3, 2024 4:10 PM ET
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Analysis of the first half

The game took place mostly in the middle of the field, with both teams looking for spaces to launch their attacks. Athletic shows more intense pressure, while Barcelona opts for a more defensive strategy, waiting for the right moment to attack. Although Barcelona had slightly greater dominance with 56% possession, the final minutes of the match saw Athletic putting more pressure, although without generating great scoring opportunities due to the solid Barça defense. Regarding shots on goal, Barcelona registered 2 attempts while Athletic only managed one. Although neither team could clearly prevail over the other, it is evident that the home team was slightly ahead in terms of pressure.

March 3, 2024 3:58 PM ET
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51' We're going to rest

The first half ends.

March 3, 2024 3:54 PM ET
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49'

Cross from Lamine Yamal, Vesga sent it to the corner kick.

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48'

Williams was looking for the center, Fermín deflected well.

March 3, 2024 3:50 PM ET
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45' We're going until 51

6 minutes are added to the match.

March 3, 2024 3:48 PM ET
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44' Change in Barcelona

⬆️: Lamine Yamal

⬇️: Pedri 

March 3, 2024 3:47 PM ET
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43'

The game stops, Pedri is on the floor.

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41'

Gündogan could not finish clearly from the edge of the area.

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39'

Foul by Fermín on Gómez.

March 3, 2024 3:41 PM ET
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37'

Berenguer tried the goal and Ter Stegen caught it well.

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32' Yellow card 🟨

For Xavi Hernández for complaints to the referee.

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32' Yellow card 🟨

The first of the game for Araujo.

March 3, 2024 3:35 PM ET
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31'

Joao Cancelo saw the goalkeeper ahead and tried to score a goal from distance, Álvarez took it off the line.

March 3, 2024 3:34 PM ET
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30'

Berenguer's cross falls into the hands of Ter Stegen.

March 3, 2024 3:33 PM ET
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27'

Foul by Prados on the recently admitted Fermín.

March 3, 2024 3:28 PM ET
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26' Change in Barcelona

⬆️: Fermín

⬇️: Frenkie de Jong 

March 3, 2024 3:23 PM ET
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24'

Frenkie de Jong does not continue due to a possible ankle injury.

March 3, 2024 3:18 PM ET
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23'

Center for Williams that Cancelo intercepted.

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21'

Foul in attack on Lewandowski, free kick at the start for Barcelona.

March 3, 2024 3:08 PM ET
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20'

Cancelo's foul on Williams and a free kick for Athletic.

March 3, 2024 3:03 PM ET
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19'

Center from Imanol, Gómez could not finish.

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17'

The game is played mostly in the middle of the field.

March 3, 2024 2:53 PM ET
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14'

Cross by Frenkie de Jong, Koundé tried to volley but it went well over.

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13'

Pedri gets the corner kick for Barcelona.

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11'

Foul by Vesga on Lewandowski in the middle of the field.

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10'

Gündogan cross that Christensen sends over.

March 3, 2024 2:33 PM ET
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9'

Foul on Raphinha, free kick for Barcelona.

March 3, 2024 2:28 PM ET
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7'

Prado sent it to Berenguer who finished wide, he was offside.

March 3, 2024 2:23 PM ET
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4'

Cancelo's cross into the area, Pedri couldn't get the ball down to any of his teammates.

March 3, 2024 2:18 PM ET
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4'

Infraction of Prados on Cancelo.

March 3, 2024 2:13 PM ET
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3'

Pedri tried to send it to Lewandowski but the pass went too long.

March 3, 2024 2:08 PM ET
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0' The match starts

The ball is already rolling in San Mamés.

March 3, 2024 2:03 PM ET
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Substitutes – Barcelona

Íñigo Martínez, Iñaki Peña, Joao Félix, Fermín López, Oriol Romeu, Vitor Roque, Sergi Roberto, Lamine Yamal, Diego Kochen, Marc Giui and Héctor Fort.

March 3, 2024 1:58 PM ET
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Line-up - Barcelona

4-3-3

1.  M. ter Stegen

23. J. Koundé – 4. R. Araujo – 33. P. Curbasí – 2. J. Cancelo

21. F. de Jong – 15. A. Christensen – 22. I. Gündogan

11. Raphinha – 9. R. Lewandowski – 8. Pedri

March 3, 2024 1:53 PM ET
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Statements – Xavi Hernández

Barcelona's coach, shared his impressions about the match against Athletic Club: “In the Spanish league they are the most intense team, the other day they were winning 3-0 and they continued to push in the 90th minute. In their field I think that they double that intensity.” He also expressed his confidence in the team: “I see the team training well, loose and less tense than days ago. We have had good games together, but tomorrow is a different story.”

March 3, 2024 1:48 PM ET
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Substitutes – Athletic

Oihan Sancet, Iker Muniain, Julen Agirrezabala, Iñigo Lekue, Iñigo Ruiz, Óscar de Marcos, Asier Villalibre, Raúl García, Malcom Abdulai, Unai Eguíluz, Mikel Jauregizar and Hugo Rincón.

March 3, 2024 1:43 PM ET
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Line-up - Athletic

4-2-3-1

1.  U. Simon

24. B. Prados – 5. Y. Álvarez – 4. A. Paredes – 19. I. García

14. D. García – 6. M. Vesga

9. I. Williams – 30. U. Gómez – 7. Á. Berenguer

12. G. Guruzeta

 

March 3, 2024 1:38 PM ET
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Statements – Ernesto Valverde

The Athletic Club coach made statements prior to the match against Barcelona, highlighting the recent performance of the Catalan team: “They are coming off very good games. “They played very well in Naples and deserved to win, the other day also very well against Getafe.” Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of maintaining focus on the Spanish competition: “There is a final on the horizon, but it is a final that we have to put on hold. We have to compete in LaLiga.”

March 3, 2024 1:33 PM ET
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Last five games – Barcelona

February 3 – LaLiga: 1-3 vs Alavés (Won)
February 11 – LaLiga: 3-3 vs Granada (Drawed)
February 17 – LaLiga: 1-2 vs Celta de Vigo (Won)
February 21 – Champions League: 1-1 vs Napoli (Drawed)
February 24 – LaLiga: 4-0 vs Getafe (Won)

March 3, 2024 1:23 PM ET
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Last five games – Athletic

February 7 – Copa del Rey: 0-1 vs Atlético de Madrid (Won)
February 12 – LaLiga: 0-0 vs Almería (Drawed)
February 19 – LaLiga: 3-2 vs Girona (Won)
February 25 – LaLiga: 3-1 vs Betis (Lost)
February 29 – Copa del Rey: 3-0 vs Atlético de Madrid (Won)

March 3, 2024 1:18 PM ET
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Welcome back

We are now ready to bring you the broadcast of the Athletic vs Barcelona match on matchday 27 of the LaLiga. We invite you to enjoy this Spanish football classic.

March 3, 2024 1:13 PM ET
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Stay here to follow Athletic vs Barcelona live

In a few moments we will share with you the starting rosters for the Athletic vs Barcelona match, in addition to the most recent information that emerges from San Mamés. Don't miss a single detail of the live match update and commentary from VAVEL's coverage.

March 3, 2024 1:08 PM ET
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How to watch Athletic vs Barcelona live?

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March 3, 2024 1:03 PM ET
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What time is Athletic vs Barcelona?

This is the start time of the Athletic vs Barcelona match on March 3, 2024 in various countries:

Argentina: 5:00 p.m.

Bolivia: 4:00 p.m.

Brazil: 5:00 p.m.

Chile: 5:00 p.m.

Colombia: 3:00 p.m.

Ecuador: 3:00 p.m.

United States: 3:00 p.m.

Spain: 9:00 p.m.

England: 8:00 p.m.

Mexico: 2:00 p.m.

Paraguay: 5:00 p.m.

Peru: 3:00 p.m.

Uruguay: 5:00 p.m.

March 3, 2024 12:58 PM ET
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Last match

In the last confrontation between both teams in San Mamés, Athletic won 4-2 over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, which secured their place in the semifinals. The basque team's goals were scored by Guruzeta and Sancet during regular time, while Iñaki and Nico Williams scored in added time. On the part of the culé team, the goals were scored by Lewandowski and Yamal in the first half of regular time. During extra time, Barcelona showed a notable inferiority against Athletic, evidencing a lack of ideas to penetrate the rival defense and reverse the situation. The local team knew how to take advantage of this situation to ensure their victory and advance to the next round of the tournament.

March 3, 2024 12:53 PM ET
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Referee team

Central: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

VAR: Carlos del Cerro Grande

March 3, 2024 12:48 PM ET
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Featured player – Barcelona

The standout player for Barcelona is İlkay Gündoğan, the 33-year-old midfielder. Gündoğan has been a key player in the team, participating in 38 games and contributing with 5 goals and 10 assists. His influence on the game is notable, since the ball usually passes through his feet for much of the match. With a total of 2069 accurate passes, Gündoğan has demonstrated his ability in the distribution of the game, averaging 54.4 good passes per game.

March 3, 2024 12:43 PM ET
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Featured player – Athletic

Among those called up for Athletic Club, the figure of Iñaki Williams, the 29-year-old winger, stands out. In LaLiga, he has participated in 23 games, scoring 9 goals and providing three assists. In the Copa del Rey, he has contributed with 2 goals and 5 assists. His scoring production places him in second place on the team's scoring charts for the season.

March 3, 2024 12:38 PM ET
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History Athletic vs Barcelona

The rivalry between Barcelona and Athletic Club is one of the oldest in the history of Spanish football, dating back to the 1920s.

The first confrontation between the two took place in the 1920 Copa del Rey, the oldest official tournament in Spanish football. Since then, they have met on the pitch 294 times, with 145 wins for Barcelona, 46 draws and 103 wins for Athletic.

This rivalry has seen several confrontations that have defined important titles. In total, they have played 13 finals, with a 9-4 advantage for the blaugranas. The Copa del Rey has been the main stage for these matches, with Barcelona leading 7-2. In the Spanish Super Cup, both teams are tied 2-2 in finals played.

The game with the most goals occurred in February 1931, when Athletic won 12-1. On the other hand, Barcelona's biggest win over Athletic was a 7-0 in February 2001.

March 3, 2024 12:33 PM ET
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Barcelona wants to come back in LaLiga

Barcelona is in third position in LaLiga, with 17 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses, accumulating a total of 56 goals for and 34 against. Currently, they have 57 points, leaving them 8 behind the leader Real Madrid. Despite occupying qualifying positions for the Champions League and with only 12 games remaining, Barcelona continues to seek to come back and aspire to the league title, which it won last season.

In their last home match, they achieved a 4-0 win over Getafe. This was the first time since their 5-0 win in the first group stage of the Champions League against Antwerp that Barcelona achieved a rout. The goals were scored by Raphinha, Joao Félix, Frenkie de Jong and Fermín López.

March 3, 2024 12:28 PM ET
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Athletic arrives inspired

The team is in fifth position in LaLiga, with the possibility of qualifying for the Europa League, after accumulating 14 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. He has had an outstanding performance with 46 goals for and 26 against.

In addition, they have secured a place in the Copa del Rey final after beating Atlético de Madrid 4-0 on aggregate. In the last match against Atlético in San Mamés, the goals were scored by Iñaki Williams, Nico Williams and Guruzeta. The team capitalized on the defensive and precision errors of the rival team to achieve a win and qualify for their 39th final, of which they have won 23.

March 3, 2024 12:23 PM ET
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San Mamés will be the headquarters of the match

The match will take place in Bilbao, at the San Mamés, inaugurated in its first phase of construction on September 16, 2013, succeeding the old San Mamés. This stadium is mainly used by Athletic Club and has a capacity for 53,331 spectators.

It has been the scene of several sporting events such as the finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup and the European Rugby Champions Cup in May 2018. Likewise, in September 2019, it hosted the start of the 13th stage of the Vuelta a Spain, and in August 2022, the esplanade next to the stadium was the starting point of the 6th stage of the same cycling competition.

March 3, 2024 12:18 PM ET
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Hi!

Welcome to the coverage of the Athletic vs Barcelona match, corresponding to matchday 27 of the LaLiga.

My name is Gibelly Agudelo and I will be your host for this game. We will bring you pre-match analysis, scoreboard updates and live news here on VAVEL.

March 3, 2024 12:13 PM ET