FULL-TIME, Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao: Credit to Athletic for a sensational performance, and credit to Barça for fighting back. This was a really good game between two really good teams, and a draw seems fair at the end.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (Munir 84’): THE EQUALIZER HAS FINALLY COME!!! Lionel Messi chased down a bad pass from Luis Suárez and still found a way to get a shot off, force a save, get the rebound, and give Munir a tap-in. GAME ON!!!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-1 Athletic Bilbao: For any neutral watching, this has been a high-level game of football with two teams playing really well according to their gameplans. Barça used the ball well and created really good chances, and Bilbao showed defensive solidity and were quick and sharp on the counter. Athletic have the lead, but Barça are playing well enough to still have a shot at winning this. We can’t lose faith.
GOAL, Barcelona 0-1 Athletic Bilbao (De Marcos 41’): The visitors have defended well and were dangerous on the counter throughout the first half, and now they get a reward: a fantastic cross from Susaeta finds Óscar De Marcos alone in the box, and the right-back beats Ter Stegen and puts Athletic ahead. This has been an even game and anyone who scored deserved it, and it’s Bilbao who strike first.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao: Please win this and don’t give me a heart attack, boys. Please.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, Vidal; Dembélé, Suárez, Coutinho
Bench: Cillessen, Vermaelen, Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Munir, Messi
Starting XI: Simón; De Marcos, Yeray, Martínez, Balenziaga; Susaeta, D.García, Beñat, Yuri; R.García, Williams
Bench: San José, Muniain, Aduriz, Capa, López, Oleaga, Nolaskoain
It’s the freaking weekend baby, we’re about to have us some fun! It’s La Liga Saturday and leaders Barcelona are back in action after a painful and embarrassing defeat to Leganés, and Ernesto Valverde will be facing his former club Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou looking to return to winning ways and stay top of the table. Things aren’t great right now, but we still have to support the team! Let’s LIVE BLOG!
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Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 7
Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 7.45pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!