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Spanish La Liga: Athletic Bilbao 1, Barcelona 0

12-03-2013 09:25 BJT

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Barcelona were trying to build on their unbeaten start 13 wins and a draw from 14 league matches. But they were missing a certain Lionel Messi, while their opponents, Athletic Bilbao, were also undefeated at home.

We pick up the action in the 12th minute, Barca with some typically slick passing, the ball layed off to Neymar, but what about that for a save. Gorka Iraizoz just about tipping that one over the bar.

The home side had their own chances. This cross is deflected into a dangerous position, but Iker Muniaian can't get a decent shot away, the Barca keeper, Pinto, smothering the loose ball.

But twenty minutes from time, the home side got the break through, Markel Susaeta squaring for Muniaian who makes no mistake. And Bilbao go 1-0 up. The stadium erupting, one winger crossing for the other.

Four minutes later, and momentum is with the hosts. And the goal-scorer crosses, finding Gaizka Toquero. But it's right at Pinto in goal. Barca though never found the equalizer, suffering their first La Liga loss, in 15 games.

"We have to carry on, win the remaining league games, and qualify for the next round in the Champions League. We must also learn from our mistakes -- though we don't make many, as well as the good things that we do," Barcelona Midfielder Sergio Busquets says.

"That's what we said all week. We're playing in our stadium, and we must play with lots of intensity. They might be Barcelona, but we know how we like to play. We’ve had a little bit of luck too, and we got the win," Athletic Bilbao Forward Gaizako Toquero says.


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