FULL-TIME, Barcelona 2-1 Athletic: Barça had to survive the last 20 minutes against a desperate Athletic team, but the final whistle is here and Barça have the three points.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-1 Athletic (Griezmann 74’): BARÇA ARE AHEAD AGAIN!!! Beautiful through ball by Ousmane Dembélé to find Óscar Mingueza, who gives Antoine Griezmann a tap-in and Barça have a second!
GOAL, Barcelona 1-1 Athletic (Alba OG 49’): Athletic equalize. Raúl García with the cross and Jordi Alba knocks the ball against his own net. Barça asked for a foul by De Marcos on Alba during the play, but VAR saw nothing wrong.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-0 Athletic: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys, let’s finish the job!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-0 Athletic: Barça have dominated possession and Athletic haven’t created anything. Messi’s goal was beautiful and Barça were the better team. Great first half.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Athletic (Messi 20’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD WITH A GOLAZO!!! Lionel Messi wins a free-kick at the edge of the box and places a BEAUTY into the top corner. Amazing strike by the captain!
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Athletic: And we’re underway! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Pjanic, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Arnau (GK), Lenglet, Roberto, Firpo, Ilaix, Matheus, Puig, Trincão, Konrad, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Simón; Capa, Yeray, Martínez, Yuri; De Marcos, D. García, Vencedor, Muniain; Williams, R. García (4-4-2)
Bench: Ezkieta (GK), Morcillo, Nuñez, Vesga, Ibai, López, Córdoba, Berenguer, Lekue, Sancet, Villalibre
WELCOME BACK TO CAMP NOU!!! For the first time in 2021 the Greatest Stadium on Earth will host a Barcelona match, and this is a big one as the Catalan giants welcome Athletic Bilbao for a huge La Liga game. Barça and Athletic face off for the third time this month, which each team winning once so far in two physical, entertaining battles. This will be no different, and Barça have a chance to make it 10 games in a row without a loss in the league. This will be fun, and you are welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 21
Date/Time: Sunday, January 31, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz
VAR: José Luis Munuera Montero
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), 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!