FC Barcelona kicked off their 2019-2020 season with a late minute loss to hosts Athletic Bilbao. Barça paid the price for not converting their chances in this game as Aritz Aduriz’s late amazing scissor kick gave Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 victory over the Blaugrana on as the Spanish league kicked off today. This was the first the defending league champions had dropped their opening league fixture since 2008-2009 season. Barcelona played this game without Messi and had to deal with another injury as Luis Suárez limped off in the first half with a calf injury. Barça will have to shake off this loss as they get ready to host Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Match Stats (From Sport):
Athletic Club: Unai Simón, Capa,Yeray, Núñez, Yuri, Unai López (Beñat, 80′), Dani García, De Marcos (Sancet, 66′), Raúl García, Muniain & Williams (Aduriz, 87′).
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, De Jong, Sergi Roberto (Carles Pérez, 75′), Aleñá (Rakitic, 45′), Dembélé, Griezmann & Suárez (Rafinha, 36′).
Goals: 1-0, Aduriz (88′)
Referee: Del Cerro Grande
Cautions: Núñez (64′) / Piqué (60′)