How to Watch Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona

Tanya Simon
February 11, 2019

Earlier, had reported how Barcelona failed to stretch their lead at the summit of the Spanish League table to eight points after being stalemated by Athletic Bilbao in tough La Liga clash on Sunday night.

The draw makes it three games without a win for La Liga's leaders, whose advantage is still six points but now with Real Madrid their closest challengers, after they beat Atletico on Saturday.

The Argentina worldwide was superb in the encounter against Bilbao, but his failure to score a goal makes many think probably he is not 100 percent fit.

Ernesto Valverde started Lionel Messi despite concerns about his match fitness following injury while Sergi Roberto and Arturo Vidal were the other two changes from their last outing against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.

The Germany keeper twice thwarted forward Inaki Williams and kept out a stinging drive from Markel Susaeta in an intense and entertaining game in which the champions came under heavy pressure throughout.

Luis Suarez scores in each half and Bilbao's chances of survival take a hit.

Ter Stegen was first called into action by a long-range strike from Susaeta, the German flying towards the top right corner to tip the ball over the bar with his left hand.

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Bilbao had another excellent chance just before the 30-minute mark when Yeray Alvarez met a free kick from Benat, but his effort was just deflected over the Barcelona crossbar.

"There was a lack of communication in the first half".

Muniain followed Mikel San Jose off the Bilbao bench just past the hour, before Barcelona made their first adjustment of the match, Carles Alena taking the place of Vidal in the middle of the park.

Inaki Williams, who had threatened all the night, almost found the breakthrough for Bilbao ten minutes before time with glancing header at the near post that missed narrowly wide following a free-kick.

Ousmane Dembele made his recovery from an ankle problem as a 75th-minute substitute, taking the place of Coutinho, whose problems in a Barcelona shirt continued.

The home side finished the game with ten men after Oscar De Marcos received a second yellow card and was sent off in stoppage time, as the encounter ended goalless at San Mames.

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