VIDEO: Barcelona 2 – 0 Athletic Bilbao [La Liga] Highlights 2017/18
Barcelona drew a stage nearer to recovering the Liga title from Real Madrid as Lionel Messi got in Sunday’s 2-0 prevail upon Athletic Bilbao.
Lionel Messi scored for the 6th game in progression as Barcelona moved 11 guides clear on LaLiga thanks toward a standard 2-0 prevail upon Athletic Bilbao.
The leaders were feeling the loss of the injured Sergio Busquets and the suspended Luis Suarez at Camp Nou however they had few issues in disregarding Ernesto Valverde’s previous club to propel further of Atletico Madrid, who visit Villarreal later on Sunday.
Success topped another amazing week for the Catalan leaders, who dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday to set up a quarter-last against Roma, and this direct achievement drew them a stage nearer to recapturing the local crown from furious adversaries Real Madrid.
Paco Alcacer, chose as Suarez’s substitution, opened the scoring in the eighth moment – his first alliance strike since November – before Messi multiplied the preferred standpoint with his 35th objective of the season in all competitions.
Barca totally commanded the opening time frame and would have gone into the break with a considerably more beneficial lead had Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho not struck the woodwork on three events between them.
Only four days after an experience with Chelsea that was more demanding than the 3-0 scoreline proposed, the power justifiably dropped in the second half, yet Valverde’s men could avoid Athletic at all costs to guarantee they head into the worldwide break in light inclination
Messi had scored 16 Goals in 18 games against Athletic at Camp Nou coming into this game and he relatively enhanced that count as right on time as the fourth moment with a twisting free-kick that Kepa Arrizabalaga tipped over the crossbar.
Barca did not need to hold up long to break the stop, in any case, as Messi sustained Jordi Alba down the left and the full-back cut the ball in towards the punishment spot where Alcacer sidefooted home into the base right corner.
Kepa twice denied Messi in the twelfth moment as Athletic got themselves overwhelmed by the Blaugrana tide and the goalkeeper was beaten again soon subsequently, just for Coutinho’s grating half-volley from another Alba go to crash off the bar.
The hosts kept on ruling and fine approach play including Messi and Coutinho finished in Ousmane Dembele discharging directly at Kepa from short proximity however there was no mix-up from Messi on the half-hour as he got Dembele’s pass and, left in solitude on the edge of the zone, rifled home.