The German maintained Athletic’s powerful attack in the second half with numerous ceases that were fantastic at bay, saving the three points. Messi
Had opened the scoring in the first half, and Paulinho secured the victory .
Messi put Athletic goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to work after five minutes with a strike the
Beginning of some great attacking moves from the traffic.
Athletic showed no anxiety and jeopardized through Inaki Williams, who tested Ter Stegen, but the Catalans appeared comfortable
Ter Stegen made a great save to deny Aritz Aduriz, Williams fired a volley wide, and Messi inexplicably hit at the post after
Play and a move around Kepa.
Aymeric Laporte created a block on Luis Suarez, Paulinho fired wide, and Suarez powered a shot into the unfortunate Andre
A first-half goal seemed inevitable and arrived with about 10 minutes left. The Blaugrana set up a great movement that stopped
Together with Messi, who fired home. Former England international Gary Lineker loved it:
The Catalans hit the post afterwards, together with Paulinho the unlucky culprit, and Aduriz needed a penalty claim that was late
Turned down after contact with Samuel Umtiti.
Bilbao began the second half and pressured Sergio Busquets right into an early booking, and after 53 minutes, a rare
Error from Ter Stegen almost led to the equaliser. The stopper missed the ball, but Raul Garcia’s effort stranded it on the
Williams should have done better after having a defensive mix-up when he fired a shot directly at Ter Stegen, and Unai Nunez made a great
Defensive drama to deny Suarez.
Continued his heroics with the other stop on Aduriz. Fans Weren’t happy:
Umtiti was reserved for wasting time, which emphasized Athletic’s pressure toward the end of the contest. The Frenchman lost out
To Aduriz in an aerial battle, but more, Ter Stegen was there to save the day for the Catalans.
Messi threatened sending the ball on goal and the wall, and Ivan Rakitic produced a Fantastic block on
The block proved crucial, as a counter eventually fell to Paulinho via Kepa. The stopper
Made a great save on Suarez, but the Brazilian scored the rally.