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Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao: Ivan Rakitic goal sends Barca top of table

Ivan Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic's goal was his 50th in La Liga - but his first of the season

Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao to move back to the top of La Liga.

The substitute latched onto Lionel Messi's pass before slotting home with 19 minutes to go.

It was a 15th La Liga assist of the season for Messi, who remains on 699 career goals despite going close himself on two separate occasions in the closing stages.

Real Madrid can go back to the top if they beat Mallorca on Wednesday.

Barcelona were far from their best but did enough to grind out this victory. With Real Madrid having a better head-to-head record, Barca need their rivals to slip up even if they win every remaining game.

Mid-table Athletic had beaten the Catalans twice this season - on the opening day of La Liga and in the Copa del Rey quarter-final - but failed to test goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen once.

Messi, who turns 33 on Wednesday, was hoping his 700th career goal would come - and he was close when he cut in and curled wide, before again missing the target from Ansu Fati's pass.

But he still helped Barca win the game when he fed Rakitic, who scored his first goal of the season. Messi's 15 assists in La Liga this season have helped Barca pick up 15 points.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forPuigat 56'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRakiticat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Vidal
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 85'minutes
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forFatiat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 19Braithwaite
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 28Puig
  • 30Collado
  • 31Fati
  • 33Araújo
  • 42Rodríguez Jiménez
  • 43Cuenca

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Simón
  • 18De Marcos
  • 3NúñezBooked at 62mins
  • 5Álvarez
  • 24Balenziaga
  • 8LópezSubstituted forGarcía Carrilloat 57'minutes
  • 16Vesga
  • 15LekueSubstituted forCapaat 69'minutes
  • 34SancetSubstituted forGarcíaat 78'minutes
  • 11CórdobaSubstituted forMuniainat 57'minutes
  • 9WilliamsSubstituted forVillalibreat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Martínez
  • 6San José
  • 10Muniain
  • 12Larrazabal
  • 13Herrerín
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 21Capa
  • 22García
  • 23Kodro
  • 25Villalibre
  • 27Vencedor
  • 29Vivian
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamAth Bilbao
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 1, Athletic Club 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Athletic Club 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dani García (Athletic Club).

  6. Post update

    Ansu Fati (Barcelona) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Alba with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Mikel Vesga (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Unai Núñez (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Iker Muniain with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Booking

    Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Óscar De Marcos (Athletic Club).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Riqui Puig with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Unai Núñez.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ansu Fati.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dani García (Athletic Club).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona31215570313968
2Real Madrid30198357213665
3Atl Madrid311413439221755
4Sevilla311411644321253
5Getafe311310840291149
6Villarreal31146114940948
7Real Sociedad30145114738947
8Valencia30121084143-246
9Granada31127123736143
10Ath Bilbao31101293327642
11Levante31115153744-738
12Osasuna30811113546-1135
13Alavés3098133145-1435
14Real Betis30810124048-834
15Real Valladolid31713112636-1034
16Celta Vigo30612122835-730
17Eibar3078153147-1629
18Mallorca3075182950-2126
19Leganés31510162344-2125
20Espanyol3059162649-2324
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