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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Live Score and Commentary, La Liga 2017-18, BAR VS ATH

Full Time: Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao Paco Alcacer 8' Messi 30'
Updated: 18 March 2018 22:40 IST - Published: 18 March 2018 21:40 IST
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92' PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

Barcelona stroll home against Athletic Bilbao. It was pragmatic football from the Catalan giants. In Luis Suarez's absence, Paco Alcacer chipped in with the opener. And then it was down to the man of the hour, the man of the season, the man of the right nows right now, Lionel fricking Messi to provide cushion for Ernesto Valverde's men.

That's the last bit of banter from the yap centre and this is me Shambhu Ajith (@goddamnhunter- Twitter) signing out.

Ciao.
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91' A beautiful cross from the left side for Athletic. Should have made more from that but nobody's there to meet it as it goes away to become nothing.
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90' Athletic have lacked gravely in creativity tonight and it is the same thing that's keeping them at bay even in the 90th minute.
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88' Rakitic goes down and wins a freekick for Barcelona in their defensive half as disappointment is seeping into the Athletic Bilbao camp sure now.
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87' Messi has been absent from most of the action. But he runs past 3 defenders in third gear and nearly finishes it on the far side of Kepa but it whizzes past the far post for a goalkick.
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86' ter Stegen comes out and clears and Raul Garcia is flagged offside.
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86' Freekick for Athletic Bilbao on the right side.
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85' Aduriz tries to go the cheeky way and tries to pull off a deft chip but it is bread and butter for ter Stegen.
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84' Substitution for Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho off. Andre Gomes on. He walks in once again to a loud roar. It's a brilliant sight this. Gomes running out to see the Camp Nou backing him as loudly as they can.
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83' Messi with acres of space on the right side but he can't get past the defenders and Athletic deal with the danger.
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82' Nunez plays one into the box but Aduriz can't get to it as Rakitic intervenes to quell the danger.
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81' Messi swivels past 2 defenders and cuts inside the from the right flank but his shot is deflected into the hands of Kepa. Athletic break on the counter and Inaki Williams wins a corner off of Roberto.
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80' Vidal wins a corner on the right flank as the game enters its business end.
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78' Messi tries to work something in the centre by trying to combine with Paulinho but the Brazilian hits the deck before he can get to it. He looks knackered. Barcelona are still on the ball and offering measured doses of magic every now and then. 
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76' Sergi Roberto launches it into the final third but it is too heavy and Coutinho will not get chase it down. Kepa comes out and collects it.
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75' Raul Garcia curls one into the box from the right wing and Aduriz gets to it but the ball is deflected away for a corner. The corner is rubbish once again.
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73' Substitution for Barcelona.

Paco Alcacer off. Aleix Vidal on.
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72' No chances either way for a while now and some poor passing ensures Athletic can't create something after getting possession back from Barcelona.
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71' Inaki Williams has a chance to put one in the net as he is afforded enough time to turn around inside the area but his shot is blocked by Pique and another Bilbao chance bites the dust.
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70' Athletic are pressing high up the pitch and as a result Barcelona are finding it a bit hard to keep the ball. Inaki Williams tries to deliver a cross from the right wing but Umtiti heads it out for a corner.

Substitution for Athletic.
Merino off. Aduriz on.
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68' Ball falls to Merino outside the area and he goes for goal but it is deflected and the pace is taken off the ball as it rolls into ter Stegen's grasp.
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67' Jordi Alba slides to prevent a lovely through ball into the box from reaching the striker. Lovely defending once again from the Spanish international.
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66' Iniesta with magic feet in their attacking half but he doesn't have any options to feed the ball to.
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65' You get the feeling that the next goal could be really crucial. If Barcelona get it, this game is done and dusted. But if Bilbao can somehow sneak one in, this match will have an exciting finish.

Merino pushes Paulinho to the ground right outside the area just when Athletic looked like they could create something of note.
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63' Substitution for Barcelona.

Ousmane Dembele walks off to thunderous applause. Andres Iniesta walks out to the same. Feels at Camp Nou. Pure feels.
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