FULL-TIME, Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona: We played better in the second half but couldn’t find the goal, and the only reason we got a point is Ter Stegen. Thanks, MATS. We all love you very much.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona: We have to play better and find a goal. Let’s do this, boys!
HALFTIME, Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona: Barça looked terrible in the first half, and if it wasn’t for Ter Stegen they would be losing. It’s just that simple.
KICKOFF! Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway at San Mamés! Don’t give me a heart attack, boys. Please.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Roberto; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suárez, Coutinho (4-3-3)
Bench: Iñaki Peña, Murillo, Vermaelen, Aleñá, Malcom, Dembélé, Boateng
Starting XI: Herrerín; De Marcos, Yeray, Martínez, Balenziaga; Beñat, Dani García; Susaeta, Raúl García, Yuri; Iñaki Williams (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Unai Simón, Kenan, Unai Núñez, San José, Munian, Iñigo Córdoba, Ibai Gómez
WELCOME TO SAN MAMÉS! One of the most beautiful stadiums in European football is the site of a giant La Liga game between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. The Blaugrana have a golden chance to go eight points clear at the top of the table, but to do so they’ll have to go into a stadium at which they’ve always struggled and beat a team in great form, possibly without Lionel Messi as well. This promises to be extremely tough, but also fun. So join us to follow and comment a huge Barça game! Let’s LIVE BLOG!
(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)
Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 23
Date/Time: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barceona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 1.15am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar Partidazo (Spain), others
How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
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!