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
|18||Óscar de Marcos|
|1||Marc-André ter Stegen|
|21||Frenkie de Jong|
Athletic Club vs Barcelona Match Statistics
|5||Shots on goal||2|
|6||Shots off goal||6|
|6||Shots inside box||9|
|5||Shots outside box||2|