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La Liga Table 2019 Week 1: Opening Standings Following Friday's Results

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIAugust 16, 2019

Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique (L) reacts to Athletic's goal during the Spanish league football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on August 16, 2019. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Champions Barcelona slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat in their opening La Liga game of the season Friday, going down to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz struck a brilliant overhead kick in the 89th minute to hand the hosts all three points in a dramatic finish.

Ernesto Valverde's side were without captain Lionel Messi due to injury and also lost Luis Suarez in the first half. The club confirmed the striker suffered a muscle injury and will undergo tests Saturday.

    

Friday's Result

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona
     

Saturday, August 17

Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid

Valencia vs. Real Sociedad

Real Mallorca vs. Eibar

Leganes vs. Osasuna

Villarreal vs. Granada

     

Sunday, August 18

Alaves vs. Levante

Espanyol vs. Sevilla

Real Betis vs. Real Valladolid

Atletico Madrid vs. Getafe

The full La Liga table is provided by BBC Sport here.

   

Friday Recap

Valverde left Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic on the bench for the game against his former side and handed full debuts to new signings Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann:

FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona

🔵🔴 Barça XI #AthleticBarça

Athletic Club @Athletic_en

LINE-UP I The #AthleticClub starting 1⃣1⃣ for #LaLigaSantander 2019-20 debut! #AthleticBarça 🔴⚪🦁 https://t.co/5AttYsVXCJ

The hosts were the better side in the first half. They pressed and harried the champions and ensured Marc-Andre ter Stegen was the busier goalkeeper.

The Germany international denied Inaki Williams twice in the opening 15 minutes and also saved a long shot from Unai Lopez on the half-hour mark:

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

Man of the half? 🙀 @mterstegen1 🙀 #AthleticBarça https://t.co/0YUxvJhYki

Barcelona suffered a blow on 37 minutes when Suarez was forced off with injury and replaced by Rafinha.

ESPN FC's Samuel Marsden said Suarez was struggling with a calf problem:

Samuel Marsden @samuelmarsden

Suarez is done. Looks like a calf problem. Barça bring on Rafinha in his place with less than 10 mins to go in the first half. Still goalless.

The Uruguay international picked up the injury shortly before striking the post. The striker pounced on a poor back pass from Lopez but could only direct an effort on to the woodwork.

Barcelona went close again four minutes before half-time. Substitute Rafinha fired in a left-footed effort from the edge of the box that goalkeeper Unai Simon managed to tip onto the crossbar.

The visitors made their second change of the match at half-time, bringing on Rakitic for Carles Alena in midfield.

The arrival of the Croatia international helped Barcelona improve after the break. The midfielder went close to breaking the deadlock with a shot that flew just over the bar from inside the box on 70 minutes.

Barcelona piled on the pressure in the closing stages but struggled to work Simon in the Athletic goal and were stunned late on when the hosts hit the only goal of the game.

Substitute Aduriz sent an acrobatic overhead kick past Ter Stegen from a deep cross in from the right by Capa:

Andy West @andywest01

38 year-old Aritz Aduriz just scored the goal of the season on the first day of the season. With his first touch after coming on. Tremendo!

It was a superb goal by the 38-year-old that handed all three points to Gaizka Garitano's side and leaves Barcelona with plenty to ponder at the start of their title defence.