FC Barcelona took on Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Primera Liga game on Sunday night and it turned out to be a very competitive game at San Memes. Barcelona took the lead early in first half through Ivan Rakitic who found the back of the net with a classic header after Arda Turan brilliantly picked up his run at the far post. However Bilbabo dig deep and made a game of it afterwards as Barcelona failed to finish the game off for most part.
Athletic Bilbao 0-1 FC Barcelona Highlights
[ Spanish Primera Liga 2016-17 ]
21′ 0 – 1 Ivan Rakitic scored with a thumping header after Arda Turan picked him out with a excellent cross from the left flank.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao – Match Highlights
Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Season
Date: Sunday, 28th August 2016 – Kickoff: 20:15 CET / 18:15 UK Time
Venue: San Mamés Stadium
Highlights: Match highlights for the second leg will be available after the game at around 20:15 uk time. So check back after the game for extended highlights.
Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao are a difficult team to break down and their counter attacking tactics can cause problems for any top team. But since they are trailing by 1 goal going into the second leg they will have to take more risk leaving Barcelona more space and thats what you don’t want to do when the opposition boost a forward line with the likes of Neymar, Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Inaki Williams scored in 12th minute to put Athletic Bilbao 1-0 up but Luis Suarez got Barcelona back into the game after the break.
FC Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao Highlights
[ Spanish Copa Del Rey, 27th January 2016 ]
12′ 0 – 1 Inaki Williams
53′ 1 – 1 Luis Suarez
83′ 2 – 1 Gerard Pique
91′ 3 – 1 Gerard Pique
Team News & Lineups: Athletic Bilbao will be without the services of Aritz Arduriz who was the star player when Athletic Bilbao defeated Barcelona 4-0 earlier in the season but his omission is likely to trigger some positive changes with Sabin Merino leading the forward line alongside highly rated Iker Munian and Inaki Williams. The trio can make all sorts of problems for Barcelona if Athletic defense can hold off Barcelona attacking trio.
Neymar, Messi and Suarez will start while Arda Turan is set to start in place of Ivan Rakitic alongside Iniesta and Sergio Busquest in midfield. Regular back four of Pique, Mascherano, Dani Alves and Jordi Alba with Claudio Bravo set to keep his place in goal. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday night.
Match Highlights: SkySports 1 will have live coverage of Barcelona vs Atheltic Bilbao and we will have their extended highlights after the game posted here plus short highlights and goals video immediately after the final whistle. So you can always tune in here to get match recap if you missed live action.
Earlier Matches Results: FC Barcelona took on Athletico Bilbao in the quart final first leg of Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night, 20th January 2016. Lionel Messi was withdrawn from the squad and Munir El Haddadi started and scored the opening goal in 18th minute while Neymar added the second in 25th minute to make it 2-0 Barcelona. Barcelona looked to have see off the challenge but a late goal from Aritz Aduriz made it 2-1 and kept the tie alive.
Barcelona arranged Lionel Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or presentation before the kickoff as whole stadium applauded and it did not take long for him to register first blood through penalty.
FC Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao – Match Highlights
[ Spanish Primera Liga, Sunday, 17th January 2016 ]
- [ Red Card ] Gorka Iraizoz Moreno
- Messi scores first for Barcelona through Penalty:
- Suarez found neymar with a brilliant through ball who makes it 2-0 for Barcelona:
- Luis Suarez makes it 3-0 and secure three points for Barcelona:
- Ivan Rakitic taps in from close range after Neymar produced a great ball:
- Luis Suarez scored his second of the night to go top of Pichichi charts:
- Luis Suarez complete his hattrick with a header.
Barcelona playing against 10 men found it hard to break down Bilbao in the first half but a goals from Neymar and Suarez killed the game just after the break as Barcelona stroll to easy three points and go back just within two points of Atletico Madrid with a game in hand.