Athletic Club vs Barcelona (1-0)

Barcelona failed, Luis Suarez to injury as a shocking late goal from Aritz Aduriz secured an Athletic Club vs Barcelona (1-0) victory for Athletic Club Bilbao during Friday’s LaLiga opener.

With Lionel Messi missing by a calf problem and Philippe Coutinho ignored, amid talks with Bayern Muenchen over a loan move.

The Catalans were found wanting in an attack against coach Ernesto Valverde’s previous club.

Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie American state Jong created their league debuts for the champions. However, there was very little for them to celebrate because the 2019-20 season got off to a lackluster begin at San Mames.

The loss from Suarez to a first-half muscle downside solely combined what proven a frustrating outing for the guests.

WHO double hit the woodwork before Aduriz’s 89th-minute overhead kick secured all 3 points.

Fresh from signing a new nine-year contract on, Inaki Williams wasted very little time creating a control.

It is stinging the palms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a distance before seeing an occasional shot saved from within the box.

Barca was troubled for early rhythm however were precocious an opportunity thirty-one minutes in, Suarez grouping Unai Lopez’s reckless backward pass and putting the bottom of the left-hand post.

Suarez’s last act of the sport, the striker unable to continue because of a lucid calf injury.

Also, his replacement Rafinha promptly hit the crossbar with a dipping strike moments when imminent.

However, Barca’s build-up play was painfully lacking in attack despite their dominance of possession.

Their miserable outing was created worse with a second of traditional time left.

As Aduriz, off the bench barely sixty seconds earlier, met Ander Capa’s cross with a shocking bicycle kick to seal the 3 points.

 

Athletic Club Lineups

1 Unai Simon
21 Ander Capa
3 Unai Núñez
5 Yeray Álvarez
17 Yuri Berchiche
8 Unai López
14 Dani García
18 Óscar de Marcos
22 Raúl García
10 Iker Muniain
9 Iñaki Williams

Barcelona Lineups

1 Marc-André ter Stegen
2 Nélson Semedo
3 Gerard Piqué
15 Clément Lenglet
18 Jordi Alba
20 Sergi Roberto
21 Frenkie de Jong
19 Carles Aleñá
11 Ousmane Dembélé
9 Luis Suárez
17 Antoine Griezmann

 

Athletic Club vs Barcelona Match Statistics

Athletic Club

Barcelona

11 Shots Total 11
5 Shots on goal 2
6 Shots off goal 6
0 Shots blocked 3
6 Shots inside box 9
5 Shots outside box 2
14 Fouls 9
3 Corners 8
2 Offsides 1
2 Saves 4
28% Possession Time 72%
255 Passes Total 668
181 Accurate Passes 575

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