Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona: La Liga Live Score from San Mames
And that is it folks. Athletic Bilbao score late to steal one point in a 2-2 draw at San Mames.
After Susaeta and Bilbao spent the entire first half in command with a one goal lead, things changed quickly.
Leo Messi was brought in and immediately changed the feel of the match. The Argentine scored one of the best goals you will see all season, followed by a solid goal from Alexis Sanchez.
The Catalans held the 2-1 lead until the 90th minute when Ander Herrera volleyed the ball from inside the box to beat Victor Valdes.
Barcelona is now 14 points ahead of Real Madrid, but Los Blancos have a chance to cut that 11 if they are able to win the Madrid derby in the next La Liga game of the after noon.
Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Barcelona (Susaeta, Herrera; Messi, Alexis)
Official Starting Lineups:
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, San Jose, Ekiza, Aurtenetxe; Herrera, Gurpegi, De Marcos; Susaeta, Aduriz, Muniain
Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Abidal, Alba; Thiago, Song, Xavi; Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis
That is it from me guys. I hope you enjoyed this live coverage from San Mames because that was a truly thrilling match. Get involved in the post game discussion below and be ready to tune into the Madrid derby which is about to get underway.
FT: Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Barcelona
Three minutes added on.
90'—Herrera puts Bilbao level
Llorente heads the ball to Herrera who volleys inside the box to beat Valdes. A wonder strike if there ever was one and now Barcelona will look to comeback again.
88'—Great chance for Bilbao!
The Barcelona defense splits and gives an open lane to enter the box. With only the keeper to beat, Song rushes in and takes the ball away before clearing it out for a throw in. That should have been an equalizer for Bilbao had it now been for the Cameroon international.
86'—Nearly a goal!
Messi curls the ball past the wall and just misses the outside post.
85'—Barcelona free kick
Messi is tripped up on the edge of the box and Barcelona now with a free kick in territory. Looks like Messi will take it.
The hosts are still looking dangerous in attack. This match is far from over. Muniain and Llorente have been everywhere lately around the box. If they can string together a few more crosses, Barcelona could see their lead gone.
My fault guys. It was actually Jordi who settled the pass from Pedro. Spanish announcers got it confused and so did I.
79'—Great chance for Barca
The Catalans hit on the break with numbers. Alba plays a ball across to Thiago who settles but the ball is cleared by a defender.
77'—Andres Iniesta enters
Alexis Sanchez makes way for ghost-mode Iniesta. Barcelona now looking for the goal to seal the match.
75'—Messi called off
The Argentine was played through with only the keeper to beat. But the flag is raised as even the Bilbao faithful were yelling in excitement.
72'—Fernando Llorente enters
Bielsa knows they can still leave with a point and he takes a gamble bringing on the tall striker.
69'—Goal Alexis Sanchez who puts Barcelona on top
The Chilean settles a headed pass and fires pass Iraizoz from close. Barcelona is now up 2-1 as the tides have turned incredibly.
67'—Leo Messi ties it at San Mames
My friends if you did not see that goal, you have to. Messi beats three defenders and fires past a third to level the score.
64'—Barcelona free kick
Thiago is taken down outside the box and the kick is taken quickly. A ball is sent in to Alexis who is barreled over by Iraizoz who punches the chance away. But Alexis is not looking good as he is shaken up a bit.
62'—Barcelona attacking with vigor
The Catalans have already created five chances since Messi entered the game. Count on a goal coming.
60'—Messi's presence already felt!
The Barca star dances through the midfield taking on defenders before slotting the ball to Pedro who fires from a tough angle. Iraizoz is forced to make a tough save and Barcelona immediately look in control.
Lionel Messi enters for Xavi. Cesc Fabregas will move back to the midfield as the Argentine will go back to his trademark false 9 position.
57'—Goal looks likely for Barcelona
The Catalans are dancing around the right side of the box and Bilbao is forced to gamble a few times. Surely a goal will come eventually.
55'—Off the post!
The free kick shot hits the top corner of the goalpost and comes back into play. The rebound is headed back at goal but winds up of play.
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