Barcelona beat Athletic 3: 2 in Bilbao in the remaining game of the 2nd round of the Primera.
In the 3rd minute the home team took the lead from a counterattack by Inaki Williams, but by the end of the first half, Barcelona managed to turn it on the wings of Pedri, who first scored on an assist by De Jong, and then in the heel assisted Messi in the 38th minute.
After a nice action and playing Griezmann, Messi reached the second goal of the game in the 62nd minute, and the Argentine is the ninth goal of the season and is at the top of the scorers’ list. Athletic only managed to mitigate the defeat through Muniain in the referee’s injury time by the end of the match.
Barcelona jumped to third place with a victory. The club has five points less than Real and seven less with two games more than leading Atletico.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – 3 Barcelona
Goals: 1-0 Inaki 3, 1-1 Pedri 14, 1-2 Messi 38, 1-3 Messi 62
Bookings: Vesga, Garcia; Lenglet
Athletic Bilbao: Simon, Yuri, Martinez, Nunez, Capa, Muniain, Vesga, Vencedor, de Marcos, Williams, Garcia
Substitutions: Balenziaga, Berenguer, Morcillo, Garcia
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba, de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Griezmann, Messi, Dembele
Substitutions: Braithwaite, Mingueza
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