Spanish La Liga
Ath Bilbao1Barcelona0

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona's Neymar and team-mates look dejected after losing their Spanish League soccer match against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona suffered their first league defeat of the season as Iker Muniain's second-half strike gave Athletic Bilbao a deserved victory at San Mames.

The Spain international slotted in the only goal of the game from Markel Susaeta's cross 20 minutes from time, as the Basque team moved up to fourth.

Barcelona, who also lost to Ajax in midweek and were without the injured Lionel Messi, created few chances.

The best fell to Neymar, whose curling shot was tipped over by Gorka Iraizoz.

The Brazil forward, who cost Barcelona £48.6m in the summer, had another golden chance to score for the Spanish champions, but slipped as he tried to convert Cesc Fabregas's excellent through-ball.

Barcelona were beaten 2-1 by Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets was not concerned by his side's form.

He said: "Two losses have come in a row, but we have to keep going forward.

"Sure we made mistakes, but we also did things well. We played a good, wide-open game against a great rival that knew how to pressure us."

Barcelona remain top of the league on goal difference, level on points with Atletico Madrid, who beat Elche 2-0 on Saturday.

Fierce rivals Real Madrid are only three points behind after Gareth Bale's hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

Barcelona's previous defeat in the league came against Real in March this year.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 15Iraola
  • 24BalenziagaSubstituted forAlbizuaat 82'minutes
  • 17Rico MorenoBooked at 19minsSubstituted forSan Joséat 88'minutes
  • 18Gurpegi
  • 4Laporte
  • 14Susaeta
  • 8IturraspeBooked at 57mins
  • 2ToqueroBooked at 70mins
  • 21Herrera Agüera
  • 19MuniainSubstituted forGómezat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6San José
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 10De Marcos
  • 11Gómez
  • 12Albizua
  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 28Fernández Hierro

Barcelona

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 2Montoya
  • 21AdrianoBooked at 78mins
  • 16BusquetsBooked at 57mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 73mins
  • 6XaviSubstituted forSergiat 78'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forPedroat 85'minutes
  • 4Fábregas
  • 9Sánchez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 7Pedro
  • 15Bartra
  • 17Song
  • 24Sergi
  • 25Olazábal Paredes
  • 27Gabarrón Gil
  • 28Traoré
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
35,950

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Barcelona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Athletic Club 1, Barcelona 0.

Attempt missed. Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ander following a fast break.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikel San José (Athletic Club).

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Gaizka Toquero (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Ander (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ander (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gaizka Toquero.

Offside, Barcelona. Pedro tries a through ball, but Francesc Fábregas is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Mikel San José replaces Mikel Rico.

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Ibai Gómez replaces Iker Muniain.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Delay in match Mikel Rico (Athletic Club) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Martín Montoya (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ander (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Unai Albizua replaces Mikel Balenziaga because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mikel Balenziaga (Athletic Club) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ander from a direct free kick.

Booking

Adriano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Xavi.

Attempt missed. Ander (Athletic Club) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andoni Iraola.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Markel Susaeta with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Francesc Fábregas.

Attempt saved. Gaizka Toquero (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Iker Muniain with a cross.

Booking

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Ander (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club).

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