Barcelona late rally secures Athletic Bilbao draw

Barcelona battle back to secure a late 1-1 La Liga draw against a dominant Athletic Bilbao.

The Basque giants have been tipped for a European push in 2021/22 and they simply overpowered Ronald Koeman’s side at the start in the Basque Country.

Barcelona’s were up against it right from kick off and their task was made even harder before the break as veteran centre back Gerard Pique was forced off with an injury.

However, despite the visitors almost finding a breakthrough after the restart, as Martin Braithwaite was denied by Julen Agirrezabala, with Pedri’s follow up cleared, the hosts instantly hit back.

Inigo Martinez

Iker Muniain’s corner evaded the Barcelona defence and Martinez stole across his marker to nod home.

However, despite struggling to make any inroads in the first 70 minutes, Koeman’s side came to life in the closing stages.

Frenkie De Jong came close to conjuring up an equaliser as his flick came back off the post before a moment of Memphis Depay magic rescued a point.

Sergi Roberto’s clever pass released the Dutch international in behind and he took his time before lashing an unstoppable strike beyond Agirrezabala.

The night ended on a low point for Barcelona as Eric Garcia was sent off for a late lunge at Nico Williams.

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Tags Frenkie de Jong Gerard Pique Iker Muniain Inigo Martinez Martin Braithwaite Memphis Depay Pedri Ronald Koeman Sergi Roberto