Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Alcacer scores after eight minutes, Messi makes it 2-0
  2. Coutinho starts for leaders Barcelona, Suarez suspended
  3. Valverde's side can go 11 points clear with win
  4. GET INVOLVED: #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. FULL-TIME

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    All over at the Nou Camp.

    All too easy for Barcelona, who go 11 points clear at the top of La Liga.

    Thanks for joining me.

  2. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Can Athletic Bilbao grab a consolation?

    No.

    Artiz Aduriz's effort, sliding in to the six yard box, is straight at Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.

  3. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Into the final few minutes.

  4. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Lionel Messi looking to get on the scoresheet again.

    The little man is so strong, bumping off an Athletic Bilbao defender, but then dragging his shot wide of goal.

  5. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Another excellent performance from Philippe Coutinho. He trots off for Andre Gomes.

    Five minutes remaining.

  6. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    A third?

    Philippe Coutinho plays a sumptuous pass out wide to Lionel Messi, who is off on his skates.

    In a flash he is into the box and ready to pull the trigger, but a visiting defenders comes across in the nick of time to deny the Argentine with a well-timed challenge.

  7. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball, 81111 (UK only)

    Mikias‏: Best performance for Barca this season? Best first half maybe.

    Barcelona
  8. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Barcelona pick up the pace, through Lionel Messi of course.

    The Argentine skips in from the right, but his low shot deflects off a defender and into the hands of keeper Kepa.

  9. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Into the final 10, testimonial pace at the moment.

  10. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    There is speculation that Andres Iniesta might be leaving Barcelona in the summer, but the 33-year-old is still a class apart from the rest.

    Such a joy to watch, so graceful on the ball.

  11. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Already the Athletic Bilbao sub Artiz Aduriz has made an impact.

    The tall striker rises highest to meet Raul Garcia's cross, but his headed effort in fact comes off his back and loops over the crossbar.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Goalscorer Paco Alcacer has done well and is getting a rest as Aleix Vidal gets a run out.

    Paco Alcacer
  13. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Barcelona have dropped off in this second half, but that two-goal advantage they grabbed in the first half gave them a nice cushion.

  14. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Final throw of the dice for the visitors.

    Sabin Merino comes off and the old man Artiz Aduriz comes on for the final 20 minutes.

  15. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    First shot, if you can call it that, on target for Athletic Bilbao as Raul Garcia's low dribbler is easy for Marc Andre ter Stegen to gather.

  16. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    A much-improved performance from Athletic Bilbao in the second half but nothing to show for it just yet.

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Ousmane Dembele has had a fantastic game for Barcelona today but his game is done.

    The Frenchman makes way for Andres Iniesta, who gets the captain's armband off Lionel Messi.

    "Inies-taaaa, Inies-taaaa," chant the home fans.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Another change for the visitors.

    Markel Susaeta makes way for the speedy Inaki Williams.

  19. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Enric Saborit does not like what he is seeing from his team-mate and the left-back takes matters into his own hands.

    It is not clever though, rocketing a effort high into the stand from around 30 yards out.

  20. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

    Ah, Barcelona have finally woken up in the second half.

    Philippe Coutinho has impressed for Barcelona again but is missing a goal to his name and strikes a low shot from inside the area which is straight at goalkeeper Kepa.

    Philippe Coutinho