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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao live blog, full-time: Rakitic winner claims big three points at Camp Nou

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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao: Much better second half after the substitutions, and an important win to keep the pressure on Real Madrid. Good work, boys!


GOAL!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Athletic (Rakitic 71’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Ivan Rakitic finds himself all alone in front of goal after Messi is dispossessed and hits the back of the net!


60min: Very little improvement from Barça, but Riqui Puig has injected some energy since coming on.


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao: Come on, boys! Let’s play better and find the winner!


HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao: After a solid start Barça have returned to bad habits with unproductive passing, lack of movement in the final third and very little creativity. Athletic have been well organized and dangerous whenever they’ve had the ball, and finish the first half as the better team.


30min: Athletic have grown into the game the last 15 minutes, with a couple of really good chances: Yeray missed an open header, and Iñaki Williams mishit a perfect ball in front of the goal.


15min: Solid start from Barça, with progressive passing and very good high pressing. Luis Suárez has had two shots on goal, but no real chances so far.


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao: Come on, boys! Let’s give a good response and win this thing!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann (4-3-3)

Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Umtiti, Araujo, Cuenca, Firpo, Rakitic, Monchu, Riqui Puig, Collado, Ansu Fati, Braithwaite

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Starting XI: Simón; De Marcos, Núñez, Yeray, Balenziaga; López, Vesga; Lekue, Sancet, Córdoba; Williams (4-2-3-1)

Bench: Herrerín (GK), Martínez, San José, Muniain, Larrazabal, D. García, Capa, R. García, Kodro, Villalibre, Vencedor, Vivian


WELCOME TO THE GREATEST STADIUM ON EARTH!!! The amazing Camp Nou opens its doors once again for a big Barcelona match in La Liga, this time against the Basque Lions, Athletic Bilbao. Barça really need the win to put pressure on leaders Real Madrid, but it won’t be easy against a solid Bilbao team. This should be fun, so join us to follow and comment all the action! 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)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 31

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 10pm CET (Barcelona), 9pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Wednesday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others

How to stream: fuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), 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!