Barcelona’s task was made even harder just before the break as veteran centre back Gerard Pique was forced off with an injury.
🔁 Primer cambio en el Barça
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That moment proved a turning point in the contest as the hosts took the lead on 50 minutes via a straightforward set piece routine.
Iker Muniain’s whipped corner evaded a string of Barcelona defenders and Martinez stole across his marker to nod past Neto.
Athletic Club's pressure pays off as they take the lead against Barcelona! 🦁
Íñigo Martínez with a great run to the near post and a brilliant header into the far corner 👏 pic.twitter.com/aWaQbCuxEf
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Ronald Koeman is likely to make changes late on as his side aim to haul themselves back into the game.
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