FC Barcelona vs Bilbao : Picture gallery and best moments
Munir and Neymar, who attracted innumerable fouls for his flamboyance, helped ensure the absences of their two superstars Lionel Messi, rested after picking up an injury at the weekend, and as Luis Suarez was under suspension, were not sorely felt as, but Aritz Aduriz scored rather late on to increase Athletic’s hopes ahead of their next week’s return clash.
Barca were 6-0 triumphant over Ernesto Valverde’s squad on Sunday and, in spite of being put on the back foot in the initial exchanges, opened the scoresheet when Munir tapped home from Ivan Rakitic’s fabulous cross with 18 minutes spent on the ground of the FC Barcelona vs Bilbao clash.
Midway through the half Neymar banked on goalkeeper Iago Herrerin’s futile attempt at claiming a pass and Xabier Etxeita’s slip to execute for the fifth successive knock against Athletic with a rather simple finish in the FC Barcelona vs Bilbao match.
Athletic grew frustrated gradually as Luis Enrique’s side tightened up the nooks and corners even firmer after the break and Aduriz – who was banned for last weekend’s clash – was lucky enough to avoid a card after undeniably dragging his foot across the back of the Brazilian superstar Neymar after chopping him down, who had just flicked the ball right over his head.
The match began to resemble with rapidity the fractious nature of the pair’s collision in last season’s Copa del Rey final, before Aduriz enodowed the hosts with a glimmer of hope by punishing Dani Alves’ fatal error to score in the 89th minute of the FC Barcelona vs Bilbao encounter.
Barca had doubled their lead in the 24th minute mark when Neymar latched onto Sergi Roberto’s brilliant throughball and exploited the most of sloppy defending to tap into a vacant net.
After Marc-Andre ter Stegen pulled a great save from Sabin Merino’s header, Aduriz dragged one back for the hosts when he launched inside the near post after Mikel San Jose had collected Dani Alves’ feeble clearance.