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Barcelona’s woodwork curse shows no sign of ending

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If only the goal were just a tiny bit bigger...

FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona were the kings of hitting the woodwork last season, and it’s turning into a similar story in this campaign.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have already hit the woodwork eight times in seven matches (six of which have come from Lionel Messi efforts).

Philippe Coutinho and Messi were the latest culprits, as they both hit the woodwork in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Athletic.

The Brazilian looked destined to equalise from an Ousmane Dembele cross but hit the bar, while Messi hit the post after some good work from Jordi Alba.