Barcelona’s season simply acquired off on the flawed foot.
Particularly, Aritz Aduriz’s foot.
The 38-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker scored an unbelievable objective within the 89th minute in its place to beat Barcelona 1-0 within the first recreation of the La Liga marketing campaign.
Together with his first contact of the sport, Aduriz executed a stunning scissor volley in mid-air, leaving Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen no probability at getting his hand on the bouncing end (by way of beIN Sports activities):
It was a tough night time in all for Barcelona, which was lacking Lionel Messi attributable to a calf pressure and needed to substitute Luis Suarez within the thirty seventh minute attributable to a proper leg damage. The guests additionally hit the woodwork twice by Suarez and Rafinha, his substitute.
Marquee summer season signing Antoine Griezmann was fairly ineffective, concepts have been briefly provide from the membership’s newest Ajax wunderkind Frenkie de Jong, and Barcelona was dispossessed all too simply. Even when the Catalans signal Neymar, it’s onerous to see how a lot he would have modified issues Friday in his present kind.
This marks Barcelona’s first loss to open La Liga since 2008, a 1-0 setback at Numancia in Pep Guardiola’s first match in cost. It appears Barca will as soon as once more want Messi to hold them, at the very least early within the season as the brand new signings settle in.
Athletic Bilbao, in the meantime, beat Barcelona within the league for the primary time since December 2013, and deployed its historically tough-minded fashion on the San Mamés Stadium.
Aduriz and Athletic Bilbao have three factors to point out for it. Barcelona solely has extra questions.
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