Friday April 18, 2014 Day 34 Camp Nou

FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao

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  1. Liga - Athletic Bilbao test Martino's nerves as Barca make late comeback

    Liga - Athletic Bilbao test Martino's nerves as Barca make late comeback

    Barcelona moved within four points of Atletico Madrid in La Liga, and averted a fourth straight loss with a 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+3' The referee blows for full time, and Tata Martino remains in a job.
    • 90+1' A last minute chance for Bilbao. Rico takes a shot inside the box that is blocked brilliantly by Mascherano.
    • 89' Tello advances on goal and slides a shot underneath Iraizoz and it's cleared off the line.
    • 88' Muniain's cross to the back post drifts out to the other wing and Dani Alves brings the ball forward.
    • 87' Tello replaces Sanchez.
    • 86' Susueta is swapped for Toquero.
    • 85' Mascherano bursts forward from halfway, space opens up in front of him and he slices a shot well over.
    • 84' Messi goes on a brilliant run from the right and is bearing down on goal when Laporte comes in with a sliding tackle to rescue the situation. Laporte has been excellent so far.
    • 83' Exteberria replaces Iturraspe.
    • 82' Barcelona are sitting back, absorbing pressure.
    • 80' Muniain is hacked by Pedro, who tackled from behind and is booked. The free kick is eventually cleared.
    • 79' Pedro fouls De Marcos on the left.
    • 77' Iraizoz slips as he tries to clear the ball and Alves chases him down, but he's fouled in the process. At the other end Aduriz sends a low shot into the arms of Pinto.
    • 75' GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Athletico. Messi scores. He takes a few steps, blasts the shot at the keeper who makes a terrible job of it, letting it pass straight through his hands. Tata in!
    • 74' Messi is tripped just outside the box by De Marcos, and he's booked for the tackle. The free kick is just on the edge of the box.
    • 72' GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic. Pedro scores. Sanchez drills a low shot towards goal and Pedro sticks out a foot to put the ball past Pinto.
    • 71' Herrera is booked for having a bit of a hack.
    • 70' Fabregas replaces Xavi.
    • 69' Messi heads a cross from the right straight into the 'keeper's arms.
    • 68' Sanchez does well to make room on the right and finds Adriano closing in on the left, but his shot is quickly blocked.
    • 67' The 'keeper is receiving treatment, having a bottle of water poured on his knee. High tech stuff.
    • 66' Sanchez chases down a long ball, sends a great long ball right, and after a few short passes around the area Dani Alves chases a short pass and crunches into the 'keeper.
    • 65' Iraizoz rushes out to take the ball in the area.
    • 64' Substitution for Bilbao, as Mikel Rico is swapped for Moran.
    • 62' Pedro sends the ball left to Sanchez, and he's tackled swiftly, and Barca have a corner.
    • 60' Messi now misses a one-one-one, through on goal and sending his shot a yard wide of the goal. This is incredible. This is Barcelona!
    • 59' Song clips a ball left to Adriano. He finds Iniesta who sharply turns towards the wing, but his cross is easily claimed.
    • 58' A pass forward from Xavi to Pedro on the inside left. He takes a touch to set himself up and his low shot is saved by Iraizoz's outstretched leg.
    • 57' Pedro brings down a long ball brilliantly, but San Jose sticks out a foot to end the danger.
    • 56' Iniesta tries to get out of trouble as he's closed down, but he's tripped and Barca have a free kick.
    • 54' A disallowed goal for Bilbao now. Mascherano's poor touch is rescued when the linesman spots an offside as Susaeta volleys in from close range.
    • 52' Adriano heads out a cross as Bilbao search for a second.
    • 50' GOAL! Barcelona 0-1 Bilbao. Aduriz scores. Bartra tries to chest the ball, and Aduriz picks it up. He takes a few touches just inside the box, and slides a low shot into the goal.
    • 49' Messi drives the free kick miles wide, sliced and high.
    • 48' Sanchez goes on a great run from the wing towards the area, but he's bundled over as he releases the ball and Barcelona have a free kick from about 25 yards. Messi and Xavi are standing over it.
    • 47' Barca have started OK so far, keeping possession in their own half.
    • 46'
    • 45+1' That's half time. Miserable stuff.
    • 45' Alexis Sanchez's cross is headed out for a corner.
    • 44' Nothing doing from the corner.
    • 43' Adriano comes inside with a driving run on the left, sends the ball forward to Messi, but he's tackled and Barca have a corner.
    • 42' A Bilbao free kick from the halfway line drifts straight out of play.
    • 40' Aduriz runs into Mascherano. He wants a penalty but it obviously isn't one. They win a corner, and nothing comes of it.
    • 39' Adriano crosses for Pedro, who slams a shot against the keeper. It bounces out to Sanchez, but he can't control the ball and Iraizoz saves again.
    • 38' This is a bad game. A loose ball runs to Sanchez on the right and he slams in a shot across the keeper, but it's pushed away.
    • 36' Alexis controls the ball on the right wing, but is closed out and the ball is out for a throw.
    • 35' Bartra heads clear a cross from he right, but Bilbao retain possession.
    • 33' Muniain chips a poor pass over the defence for Aduriz, but it's overhit and out of play.
    • 32' Pedro takes a touch into the box and crosses for Sanchez at the back post, but he sends his shot against the crossbar. The ball comes out to Pedro who curls his shot over the bar.
    • 30' Two good chances for Athletic. Aduriz has an overhead kick strike the post, it bounces out to Susaeta, but his volley is beaten away but Pinto.
    • 28' Bilbao enjoying a spell of possession. Barca are largely sitting off them in midfield, but Sanchez makes a tackle in the midfield and finds Messi, who is then brilliantly tackled.
    • 26' Sanchez and Aduriz have a really minor argument, based on who was to blame for the two of them brushing one another barely at all.
    • 25' Barcelona are getting increasingly close.
    • 23' Pedro sprints down the left wing and has a cross deflected behind for a corner on the left wing. Alexis heads down, into the arm of Bartra, and the ref blows for a free kick.
    • 22' Moran has a hack on Iniesta in midfield.
    • 21' Bartra with a cynical tug on Herrera as he broke towards Barca's half, and he's booked.
    • 20' Laporte fouls Messi in midfield, and Barca take the free kick short, and start their endless passing. Messi finds Adriano on the edge of the box, who fires a low shot into the box and Balenziaga clears off the line.
    • 18' Sanchez is hacked on the right wing by Herrera, and Barca have another free kick on the right. Dani Alves' low shot is stabbed out for a corner, there's a brilliant diagonal pass fron Iniesta, which Messi hooks in at the back post, but he's just offside.
    • 17' Dani Alves is tripped on the right wing. Xavi curls in the ball, but it's headed away.
    • 15' The corners come to nothing, two in quick succession.
    • 14' Pedro returns the favour for Messi, but he collects the ball just to the left, inside the box, and shoots straight at the keeper to earn a corner.
    • 13' Messi plays a slide rule pass forward for Pedro to run onto, but his low shot is straight into the arms of Iraizoz
    • 12' The corner is cleared, and the second cross is cleared again, but the ball is worked to Iturraspe whose chip into the box is collected by Barca, and they come foward.
    • 11' Bilbao are pressing Barca's defence high up the pitch, and they force Adriano into conceding a corner on the right wing.
    • 10' Aduriz sends a shot just wide of the Barca goal, hitting the side netting.
    • 9' A ball over the top for Messi, but he can't bring it down and the 'keeper claims it.
    • 8' Barca playing in Bilbao's half, keeping possession well.
    • 7' Bilbao break but Muniain loses the ball on the edge of the box. Pedro breaks and knocks the ball down the left wing as Iturraspe comes across, and Iturraspe is booked for cleaning him out.
    • 6' Ariano tries a couple of stepovers but is tackled by De Marcos on the left wing.
    • 5'
    • 4' Aduriz wins a foul after Song hits him with an arm as the two contest a high ball. Sanchez is fouled on the right wing by Balenziaga.
    • 3' Pedro fouls Ander Herrera on the halway line. The free kick is then headed out for a goal kick by Herrera.
    • 2' Bilbao instantly pressure Barcelona in Barca's half. Barca are keeping the ball easily enough now, though.
    • 1' The Camp Nou has empty seats. It's just like watching Manchester City,
    • 19:55 Let's have a prediction - Barcelona 2 Bilbao 0. What do you think? Tweet me, it'll make you happier.
    • 19:50 If you would like to get in touch with me on Twitter you can do so on @lxndrnthrtn.
    • 19:45
    • 19:40 There are injury problems for Barcelona: Neymar could well be out for the rest of the season, as is Valdes, and Jordi Alba is out too. That means that Barcelona are defensively vulnerable, for a change.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano, Song, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis. Subs: Oier, Montoya, Sergi Gómez, Fàbregas, Sergi Roberto, Afellay, Tello. /// Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; De Marcos, San José, Laporte, Balenziaga, Iturraspe, Erik Moran, Herrera, Susaeta, Aduriz, Muniain. Subs: Iago Herrerin; Toquero, Rico, Beñat, Iraola, Etxeita, Albizua.
    • 19:30 Hello and welcome to live coverage of La Liga game between Barcelona and Athletic Club.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Gerardo Martino

  • Athletic Club

    Manager: Ernesto Valverde

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