90+3' And that's the end of the game. Luis Enrique and Barcelona go home with three points, but it was a well contested game. Barcelona didn't dominate as they would've liked, but they got the result in the end. Bilbao had a great game and are unlucky to walk away from this game empty handed. Both managers will be satisfied with the performances their teams put on, and deservedly so. Great game.
90+1' The fourth official indicates 3 minutes of added time.
90' Muniain goes down in the box after contact from Rakitic. He had a case, but he was overly dramatic in his fall, and the ref refused to heed his words.
89' Great end to end stuff in the dying minutes of this game, as both teams really go for it. Barca to put the result beyond doubt and Bilbao to save a point. Brilliant attacking football.
86' Benat steps forward and takes a direct shot at goal. Good effort, but not good enough, as it was a half metre wide of the post.
85' Free kick to Bilbao in a very threatening position. 24 metres from goal.
84' Barcelona take Turan off for Rafinha Alcantara.
84' Benat is booked for a poor challenge on Messi.
82' Suarez really should've scored there. He showed amazing skill and footwork to beat his markers and twisted and turned in the box before firing a shot with his left foot. It went well high and wide, and the striker would most definitely have been better off passing the ball to Turan, who was completely unmarked in the box.
79' The Bilbao players appear to have gotten a sudden boost of energy, as they look to push forward and give it their all to find that equaliser. Nobody's giving up.
76' Substitution for Bilbao. Muniain makes his way onto the field to take Susaeta's place.
72' Double substitution for Barca. Andre Gomes and Mascherano replace Umtiti and Denis Suarez.
70' Turan surged forward and found Suarez outside the box. The Uruguayan gives the ball to Messi, who is forced onto his weaker right foot and hits the shot way too high.
65' Aduriz goes down too easily in the box, after very minimal contact from Busquets. He pleads with the referee, hoping to win a penalty, but it's pointless. The ref isn't convinced, and rightly so.
63' Two changes for Bilbao. Iturraspe and Eraso come off for Vesga and Garcia.
62' Another yellow. Eraso is booked for pulling Rakitic.
59' Sergi Roberto's name goes into the ref's book for a bodycheck on Benat.
58' Rakitic played a beautiful peach of a cross to Suarez from the right flank, but the striker is unable to provide the end product as his shot goes just a little high.
56' Iturraspe picks up a yellow for pulling Busquets' jersey and for a little kick out at him.
55' Suarez gives the ball to Messi just outside the box. The Argentine runs past two defenders and pops a shot on goal, but it goes just wide. He could've done better with the shot.
51' Barcelona are in no hurry whatsoever, continuing to play simple passes between their defenders. The longer they keep the ball, the more Bilbao players join the press.
47' Corner to Bilbao. Benat whips the ball in and finds Laporte's head, but the shot is high.
45' And we're back in action for the second half. Athletic Bilbao get us underway from kick-off.
45' The referee blows for half time. Barca go into the break with a narrow lead, but Bilbao are very much in the game and giving it their best. They managed to test the Catalan side a few times, and probably should've scored at least one. Barcelona are attacking decently, but their defence has shown glimpses of vulnerability, and the Bilbao manager and players will do all they can to exploit that in the second half. It ought to be a good 45 minutes coming up.
45' Susaeta goes into the referee's book for a silly and unnecessary challenge on Turan.
44' A good attack by Barcelona goes to waste. Turan had the ball in the box with Suarez free right next to him, but the Turk took the shot himself and hit it wide.
41' Bilbao had a decent spell of possession, and mounted a few waves of attacks against Barca, but nothing that really managed to penetrate the defence. In the end they were reduced to a hopeful shot from distance, but Ter Stegen was never going to be challenged by that.
38' Busquets and Suarez have picked up bookings for dissent. The ref called a foul against Barca - another poor call. Both players crowded around the ref and pestered him, leading to their yellow cards.
37' Messi put the ball into the box from a wide free-kick, but only managed to find Inaki Williams. Williams' poor clearance only got so far as Umtiti just outside the box. He tried a volleyed shot that would've been spectacular if he scored, but the ball ended up in the crowd.
34' Bilbao seem to have eased up on their intense high pressing game. Whether that's down to tiredness or if it's a tactical decision is unclear.
31' Free kick awarded against Denis Suarez who was just outside the opposition box, but it looks like that was a poor call by the ref. The replays show that the foul was committed against the Barcelona man, and not by him. Tough luck.
28' Barca seem content to pass the ball between their defenders, slowing the game down and taking some sting out of it, much to the ire of the home fans at the San Mames stadium.
23' Bilbao are unlucky to be a goal down at this point. They've been brilliant going forward, but Barcelona broke on a counter and took the lead against the run of play.
21' Goal! Rakitic scores for Barcelona. Turan played a perfectly timed and placed cross from the left wing, and Rakitic rose to head it past Iraizoz, who never had a chance.
18' Another attack by Bilbao. Inaki Williams made a good run down the right flank and put a low cross into the box, but there was only Ter Stegen at the end of it.
15' Both teams are playing a good game, and it looks like this will be an entertaining, attacking game. Bilbao are certainly not making it easy for Barcelona.
12' Bilbao are playing a great pressing game, putting Barcelona and especially Ter Stegen under pressure when they have the ball. The tactic nearly worked, as Stegen played a poor pass under pressure, straight at the opposition attacker, who should've really scored with that chance.
10' The ref books Umtiti for a foul on Eraso.
8' It's been very even in the opening minutes, with both teams creating chances and getting the ball.
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