FC Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Club: Live Stream TV Updates and How to Watch La Liga 2020
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FULL TIME

Barcelona needed to win to put some distance between themselves and Real Madrid, who play tomorrow evening. 

It took substitute Ivan Rakitic to break the Bilbao robust defence. 

The win takes Quique Setien's side back to the top of the league. 

As for Bilbao they had their chances in the first half. However, lacked the cutting edge to put them away. 

BARCELONA - CLOSE

94' Barcelona should have had their second goal. Alba put in a tantalising cross for Vidal who forces a good save from Simon. The rebound found Fati who hit the post! 

Yellow Card - Barcelona

90' Rakitic finds his way into the book following a tactical foul on Iker Muniain. 

90' There will be 5 minutes of added time.

BARCELONA - CLOSE

88' Fati breezes past two Bilbao defenders and found Messi, who had his shot deflected behind for a corner. 

SUBSTITUTION – FC Barcelona

Off comes Luis Suarez. On comes Martin Braithwaite. 

83' Another dangerous ball whipped in by Mikel Balenziaga.

Ter Stegen completely misjudges the cross and allows Rual Garcia a glorious opportunity.

However, he couldn't connect with the ball. A let off for Barca. 

Corner- Bilbao

82' Bilbao pressing to find an equaliser. 

Corner comes to nothing. 

BARCELONA - CLOSE

80' So, so close from Messi. He cuts inside the Bilbao defence and curls a shot just inches wide of Simon's goal. Nearly 2-0. 

SUBSTITUTION – Athletic Bilbao

77' Off comes Oihan Sancet. On comes Raul Garcia. 

GOAL 1-0- BARCELONA- Ivan Rakitic

70' A horror show at the back for Bilbao.

Pinball in the penalty area with Bilbao failing to clear.

The ball falls to Messi who plays a pass to Ratitic, who was bearing down on goal, and he made no mistake to break the deadlock.     

SUBSTITUTION – Athletic Bilbao

69' Off comes Lekue and Williams. On comes Ander Capa and Asier Villalibre.  

66' Riqui Puig has had a massive impact on this Barca side since coming on. He looks like a very bright prospect. 

SUBSTITUTION – FC Barcelona

63' Another double substitution this time from Quique Setien. Off comes Griezmann and Busquets. On comes Ansu Fati and Ivan Rakitic.   

Yellow Card

61' Unai Nunez the first Bilbao player to go into the book, after a challenge on Luis Suarez. 

SUBSTITUTION – Athletic Bilbao

56' Double substitution. Off comes Unai Lopez and Iñigo Córdoba. On comes Iker Muniain and Dani Garcia. 

SUBSTITUTION – FC Barcelona

55' Off comes Arthur. On comes Riqui Puig. 

BARCELONA - CLOSE

53' Griezmann denied by Unai Simon. Messi chipped the ball over the Bilbao defence, which found Griezmann who was thwarted by the on charging Simon.   

50' Oihan Sancet has put in a very good performance so far this evening for Bilbao. 

47' Barca pushing for the opener here.

Both full-backs have turned into wingers so far. With Alba and Semedo pushing forward when possible.  

Second Half Kick-Off

45'  Suarez gets us underway for the second half.

 

Half-Time

A goalless first half but both sides have had fantastic opportunities to take the lead. 

Williams with the best chance on the 22nd minute, but a world class challenge from Sergio Busquets denied Williams, who had the goal at his mercy.  

43' Messi tries his luck from just outside the box. Well off target. 

40' Semedo feeds Suarez with a delicate through ball. 

Suarez flagged offside. 

38' After the exhilarating start to the game, both sides are settling into this fixture. 

34' Lenglet went down in Bilbao's penalty area. Referee was not interested.  

33' Messi forces a corner for Barcelona. 

YELLOW CARD – BARCELONA

31' Dangerous high foot from Busquets on Williams results in the first yellow card of the game. 

26' Messi, Suarez and Griezmann linking up so well together at the top of the pitch for the Blaugrana.

They look dangerous every time they attack.  

BILBAO - CLOSE

22' Busquets with a superb challenge to deny Bilbao from surely taking the lead! Inaki Williams had the goal at his mercy. 

BILBAO - CLOSE

21' Another delightful ball into the box from Bilbao. Yeray met the ball with a powerful header. Should have done better with his opportunity.  

20' Messi is having to drop deeper to collect the ball.

BARCELONA - CLOSE

15' Messi yet again the architect in attack for Barca. 

He plays a delightful outside the foot pass to Suarez who drags his shot wide. 

BILBAO - CLOSE

12' Williams squeezes in between Pique and Lenget to find himself one on one with Ter Stegen. 

However, his shot found the side netting.  

10' Messi is hungry for his 700th goal of his career tonight. 

He played a lovely sequence of passes with Vidal but the Argentine's shot was comfortable for Simon in the Bilbao goal.  

7' A fantastic run from right back Oscar De Marcos who has the freedom of the Camp Nou to drive at the Barcelona defence.

A cross comes in, but Lenglet clears.  

BARCELONA - CLOSE

4' Messi the catalyst as always with Barcelona coming close. However, nobody could get a shot off. 

BILBAO - CLOSE

3' Corner taken by Lopez who whipped a devilish ball into the back post. Ter Stegen scrambles it to safety. 

Kick-Off

Bilbao get us underway. 

Both sides are out. Kick off is seconds away!

Messi's stats against Bilbao

 

Arthur starts!

The Brazilian midfielder starts for Barcelona tonight amid reports he has agreed a deal away from the Camp Nou. 

 

Can Barcelona finally beat Bilbao?

In the last four meetings between these two sides, Barcelona have failed to win any previous meetings.

With Real Madrid currently above Quique Setien's side in the league, Barca will have to conjure up something special tonight.   

Last Meeting

Athletic Bilbao Starting XI

 

Barcelona Starting XI

 

Stay tuned!

That's all for now, but check back an hour or so before kick-off for the confirmed starting XI's from this La Liga Santander fixture between FC Barcelona vs Athletico Bilbao.

How to watch FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Live TV and Stream

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However, for following along online VAVEL is your best option!

Last Time Out

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Predicted XI

Bilbao: Simon; Capa, Nunez, Martinez, Balenziaga; Dani Garcia, Vesga; Williams, Muniain, Cordoba; Raul Garcia

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Fati

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Only player unavailable for Bilbao tonight is left back Yuri Berchiche. 

Apart from that Gaizka Garitano will have a full strength side to chose from.  

Barcelona Team News

Barcelona will still be without Frankie De Jong, Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto. However, they do welcome back defender Samuel Umtiti from suspension. 

Can Bilbao get Europa League?

A win tonight for Bilbao will be a huge boost in their chances for a Europa League spot. 

All three points for Los Leones would see them only two points off a European place. 

The title race

Quique Setién will be hoping his Barcelona side can get back to winning ways following a 0-0 draw away to 3rd place Sevilla.

Barcelona’s draw allowed Real Madrid to leapfrog the Blaugrana into 1st position after their 2-1 away win at Real Sociedad.

Kick-off time

The Bareceloan vs Athletic Bilbao will be played at the Camp Nou. Kick off is scheduled for 9PM BST. 

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