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Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic
Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic headed Barca in front in the 21st minute

Barcelona made it two wins from their opening two La Liga games as Ivan Rakitic's first-half header earned them victory at Athletic Bilbao.

The Croatian scored in the 21st minute when he arrived at pace to power in Arda Turan's cross from the left.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Turan also went close for the champions.

Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen almost paid for a terrible pass, and Athletic's Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams went close for Bilbao.

Sunday's win sees coach Luis Enrique's side join El Clasico rivals Real Madrid and early leaders Las Palmas on six points after two games of the new season.

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Profligacy almost costs Barca

Barcelona players
Barcelona's players, including Lionel Messi (right) and Gerard Pique (left), celebrate the only goal of the match

The result should have been more emphatic for Barcelona, who wasted numerous chances.

Turan impressed in attack, but perhaps the abiding memory of the Turkey midfielder's display was his first-half miss from eight yards.

Messi shot inches wide after typically drifting past two defenders, and also fired over the bar. Suarez, his partner in attack, thundered a volley over from eight yards and also had an effort from two yards cleared off the line by Eneko Boveda in stoppage time.

Bilbao will rue missing the few good chances that came their way. Midfielder Raul Garcia saw his strike narrowly drift beyond Ter Stegen's post and Inaki Williams' poked effort was saved by the Barca keeper.

Ter Stegen was also fortunate not to be left red-faced in the first half when his pass out of defence was fired straight back at him by Spanish midfielder Benat.

Las Palmas score nine goals in two games to go top

Earlier on Sunday, the Gran Canaria club beat Granada 5-1 as they leapfrogged Real Madrid to go top of La Liga.

Summer signing Kevin-Prince Boateng scored for the second successive game, having netted on his debut in the 4-2 win over Valencia last week. Nabil El Zhar scored twice in the emphatic win.

In the other early match, Sporting Gijon drew 0-0 at Alaves and the late game between Villarreal and Sevilla also ended goalless.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz Moreno
  • 18De Marcos Arana
  • 2Bóveda Altube
  • 4Laporte
  • 24Balenziaga OruesagastiBooked at 89mins
  • 8Iturraspe DerteanoBooked at 56minsSubstituted forVesga Arrutiat 62'minutes
  • 7Etxebarria UrkiagaBooked at 83mins
  • 11Williams
  • 5Eraso GoñiBooked at 62minsSubstituted forRaúl Garcíaat 62'minutes
  • 14SusaetaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMuniain Goñiat 76'minutes
  • 20Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 10Muniain Goñi
  • 12Vesga Arruti
  • 15Lekue Martínez
  • 16Etxeita Gorritxategi
  • 19Merino Zuloaga
  • 22Raúl García
  • 26Arrizabalaga Revuelta

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20SergiBooked at 59mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 10minsSubstituted forMascheranoat 71'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 37mins
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 71'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezBooked at 37mins
  • 7TuranSubstituted forRafinhaat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Rafinha
  • 14Mascherano
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Digne
  • 21André Gomes
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 25Masip
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
46,724

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Athletic Club 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Athletic Club 0, Barcelona 1.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Offside, Barcelona. Rafinha tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club).

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

Foul by Muniain (Athletic Club).

Booking

Balenziaga (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Muniain (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

Attempt missed. Beñat (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Raúl García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by André Gomes (Barcelona).

Raúl García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Arda Turan.

Booking

Beñat (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Beñat (Athletic Club).

Foul by André Gomes (Barcelona).

Raúl García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

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

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

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

Foul by Raúl García (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Muniain replaces Markel Susaeta.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Balenziaga.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. André Gomes replaces Denis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Javier Mascherano replaces Samuel Umtiti.

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

Foul by Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raúl García with a headed pass.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Iñaki Williams.

Attempt saved. Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aduriz.

Attempt missed. Raúl García (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aduriz.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 28th August 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Las Palmas22009366
2Barcelona22007256
3Real Madrid22005146
4Sevilla21106424
5Sporting Gijón21102114
6Dep La Coruña21102114
7Leganés21101014
8Eibar21012203
9Real Sociedad210123-13
10Malaga20203302
11Atl Madrid20201102
12Villarreal20201102
13Alavés20201102
14Espanyol201168-21
15Osasuna201113-21
16Granada201126-41
17Real Betis201126-41
18Celta Vigo200213-20
19Ath Bilbao200213-20
20Valencia200225-30
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