La Liga: Athletic Club vs Barcelona: Memphis Depay recuses draw for Barcelona as Athletic Club, Brathwaite rue chances-

La Liga: Athletic Club vs Barcelona: Memphis Depay rescues a point as Barcelona hold Athletic Club Bilbao to 1-1 draw
La Liga: Athletic Club vs Barcelona: Memphis Depay rescues a point as Barcelona hold Athletic Club Bilbao to 1-1 draw

La Liga: Athletic Club vs Barcelona: Memphis Depay recuses draw for Barcelona as Athletic Club, Brathwaite rue chances- Memphis Depay’s late strike ensured that Barcelona walked away with a point in their first away game of the season after they settled for a 1-1 draw against Athletic Club on Saturday. Depay found the net with a fine left-foot half-volley 15 minutes from time in the Basque Country for his first goal in La Liga since moving to Barcelona from Lyon. The game was a representation of what could look like the post-Messi era at Camp Nou, with Bilbao at their very best despite missing a lot of key players from their side.

Ronald Koeman’s team had impressed in their first match of the post-Lionel Messi era as they beat Real Sociedad 4-2 last weekend, but they were fortunate to depart with a point from this game and it was impossible to avoid questions about the Argentine at full-time. Koeman said after the game, “I don’t like to always talk about the same thing but he is the best in the world and the opposition might be more afraid if Messi is there. For us too, if there is a pass to Leo, normally he doesn’t lose the ball, and today we gave the ball away too often in the first half. You notice it, but that’s how it is, it can’t be changed now.”

Martin Braithwaite, who netted twice against Real Sociedad, missed an early sitter for the visitors when he blazed over after great play by Depay. Frenkie de Jong hit the bar with a brilliant attempted lob before Depay levelled a quarter of an hour from time, controlling Sergi Roberto’s ball over the top and crashing a brilliant strike past goalkeeper Julen Agirrezabala at his near post.

Former Manchester City defender Garcia received news of his grandfather’s death before the match and struggled throughout the 90 minutes, allowing Inigo Martinez to get away from him to head in the opener early in the second half. Athletic were seeking revenge for their 4-0 loss to Messi’s Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last April and they went ahead in the 50th minute when Martinez attacked a corner quite magnificently, getting ahead of Garcia to divert the ball into the far corner.

Athletic Club: Agirrezabala; Lekue, Vivian, Martinez, Balenziaga; Berenguer (Morcillo 82’), Garcia (Zarraga 82’), Vencedor (Vesga 67’), Muniain (N. Williams 76’); Williams, Sancet (R. Garcia 67’)

Goal: Martínez (50’)

Barcelona: Neto; Dest (Emerson 82’), Garcia, Pique (Araujo 30’), Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri (Roberto 62’); Griezmann, Memphis, Braithwaite (Demir 62’)

Goal: Memphis (75’)

Red Card: Garcia (90’+3)

@3:22 – And it’s a 1-1 to end the game 

@3:20 –  Athletic Club wins a free kick on last-minute can they convert

@3:20 – Red card for Eric García

@3:18 – Three minutes to added time. Can Barcelona score a last-minute winner

@3:10 – Last two changes for Athletic as Morcillo and Zarraga replace Berenguer and Dani García.

@3:03 – Third change for the host, Nico Williams comes on for Muniain

@3:02 – Goal!!! Memphis controls the pass by Sergi Roberto with a beautiful first touch and kicks it into the roof of the net

@2:55 – Two subs for Bilbao as Vesga and Raul Garcia come on for Vencedor and Sancet

@2:50 – Miss by Alex Berenguer. Right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

@2:38 – Goal!!! Martínez header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. 

@2:34 – Araujo makes a goal-line clearance

@2:20 – Barca are lucky to still have a clean sheet.

@2:18 – The first half was dominated by the host

@2:16 – Ronald Araujo scores an amazing bicycle kick but disallowed

@2:12 – And another corner for Athletic Club

@2:09 – 6th corner for Athletic Club

@2:05 – Injured Piqué out, Araujo in

@2:00 – Iñigo Martinez from Bilbao gets a yellow card

@1:55 – Beautiful save by Neto

@1:41 – Barcelona fails to covert as Braithwaite misses

@1:35 – And the match begins, Barcelona move the ball

La Liga 2021-22 Match Details

Match – Athletic Club vs Barcelona
Date – 22 Aug
Time –  1:30 AM IST

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Where to watch the La Liga 2021-22 Live in India

La Liga fans can watch La Liga live on Facebook and Jio TV.

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La Liga: Athletic Club vs Barcelona Head to Head History

Team Athletic Club FC Barcelona
Played 48 48
Win 7 32
Draw 9 9
Lose 32 7
Score 43:100 100:43
Goals Scored 0.9 2.08
Goals Allowed 2.08 0.9

 

When and where to watch Athletic Club vs Barcelona

When is Athletic Club vs Barcelona going to be played?

Athletic Club vs Barcelona will be played on 22nd August, 1:30 AM

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La Liga: Where is Athletic Club vs Barcelona going to be played?

Athletic Club vs Barcelona will be played at the San Mames Barria

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