Barça had an exciting meeting with Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona played an exciting 1-1 draw at the Estadio San Mamés, holding off both teams’ unbeaten start to the La Liga season.
With Athletic Bilbao’s latest result against Barcelona, it is very important that we don’t fall behind in this match. Martin Braithwaite fired the hosts five minutes after burning Memphis Depay slickly worked on bailey, who was able to escape the grip of Inigo Martinez. With a convincing start to the game, Bilbao took no hits and were inches from the lead. Iker Muniain’s precise cross found Oihan Sancet, whose left-turned riveting Eric Garcia died in the box, but his effort missed just under the bar.
Ronald Koeman’s team were in defense at sea and Inaki Williams reached the goal after a sloppy pass from Neto, but Frankie de Jong’s sensational final throw denied the goal. Surprisingly, the game went goalless at the break, but that was clearly not due to a lack of experience, and both sides celebrated free-roaming offensive football and scored the final piece of the puzzle. The elusive opener finally came five minutes into the second half as Martinez’s sight curled from Munain’s corner into the bottom corner, just beyond the reach of Neto’s desperate jump, and ended Bilbao’s game four games ahead.
Sanzet was Bilbao’s biggest tormentor, and he was a thorn in Barcelona’s side all night, on the verge of doubling his side’s lead, but Neto leveled with him and offered his country the platform to score the equalizer. The equalizer came in the form of Barça’s most important creative spark – Depay. Sergi Roberto’s skillful ball sent the Dutchman crashing into the door, and he shot with his left foot from a tight angle to reach the final in the stands of the Estadio San Mamés.
Depay’s goal changed the game, and Koeman’s side insisted on scoring the winner in stoppage time. Barcelona’s night was marred by injury as Garcia lost property and in a last-ditch effort to defend his country’s position, he fouled Nico Williams as the last man to give him a marching order – meaning he clashes with Getafe to lose in the following weeks.