Rakitic’s header gives Barcelona 1-0 win over Bilbao

Rakitic’s header gives Barcelona 1-0 win over Bilbao

Bilbao (Spain), Aug 29 (IANS) Ivan Rakitic knocked in a decisive header in the first half of Barcelona’s 1-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao.

Twenty minutes into play, it was Arda Turan, who perfectly centered the ball to the waiting Rakitic and he did not wait to slam the ball into the nets to take the lead, although they almost tied it up later on a free kick by Benat Etxebarria.

Lacking Neymar after his gold-winning trip to the Rio Olympic Games, and with Andres Iniesta on the injured list, Luis Enrique Martinez’s boys have nevertheless managed to develop the combinations to triumph in their first two games in this campaign.

Nevertheless, the clash on Sunday was rather heated, freewheeling and intense, something that is unusual so early in the season, with Athletic fighting hard for at least a draw all the way up to the final whistle and developing more good chances than Barca.

Lionel Messi got decent set-ups on several occasions although his shots failed to hit but as play unfolded it didn’t matter after the Croatian’s early score and Barcelona goalie Ter Stegen was able to fight off any threats posed by Athletic.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here