Spanish La Liga
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Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona's Neymar and team-mates look dejected after losing their Spanish League soccer match against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona suffered their first league defeat of the season as Iker Muniain's second-half strike gave Athletic Bilbao a deserved victory at San Mames.

The Spain international slotted in the only goal of the game from Markel Susaeta's cross 20 minutes from time, as the Basque team moved up to fourth.

Barcelona, who also lost to Ajax in midweek and were without the injured Lionel Messi, created few chances.

The best fell to Neymar, whose curling shot was tipped over by Gorka Iraizoz.

The Brazil forward, who cost Barcelona £48.6m in the summer, had another golden chance to score for the Spanish champions, but slipped as he tried to convert Cesc Fabregas's excellent through-ball.

Barcelona were beaten 2-1 by Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets was not concerned by his side's form.

He said: "Two losses have come in a row, but we have to keep going forward.

"Sure we made mistakes, but we also did things well. We played a good, wide-open game against a great rival that knew how to pressure us."

Barcelona remain top of the league on goal difference, level on points with Atletico Madrid, who beat Elche 2-0 on Saturday.

Fierce rivals Real Madrid are only three points behind after Gareth Bale's hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

Barcelona's previous defeat in the league came against Real in March this year.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 15Iraola
  • 24BalenziagaSubstituted forAlbizuaat 82'minutes
  • 17Rico MorenoBooked at 19minsSubstituted forSan Joséat 88'minutes
  • 18Gurpegi
  • 4Laporte
  • 14Susaeta
  • 8IturraspeBooked at 57mins
  • 2ToqueroBooked at 70mins
  • 21Herrera Agüera
  • 19MuniainSubstituted forGómezat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6San José
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 10De Marcos
  • 11Gómez
  • 12Albizua
  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 28Fernández Hierro

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 2Montoya
  • 21CorreiaBooked at 78mins
  • 16BusquetsBooked at 57mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 73mins
  • 6HernándezSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 78'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forPedroat 85'minutes
  • 4Fábregas
  • 9Sánchez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 7Pedro
  • 15Bartra
  • 17Song
  • 24Roberto Carnicer
  • 25Olazábal Paredes
  • 27Gabarrón Gil
  • 28Traoré
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
35,950

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Athletic Club 1, Barcelona 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Athletic Club 1, Barcelona 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ander following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mikel San José (Athletic Club).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

  7. Post update

    Gaizka Toquero (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Ander (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ander (Athletic Club) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gaizka Toquero.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Pedro tries a through ball, but Francesc Fábregas is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Mikel San José replaces Mikel Rico.

  14. Post update

    Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andoni Iraola (Athletic Club).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Ibai Gómez replaces Iker Muniain.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Mikel Rico (Athletic Club) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martín Montoya (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st December 2013

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