5′ Athletic have really raced out of the traps here. Their left-back Berchiche races into the box on the counter-attack after a Barca attack breaks down and lashes a shot into the side netting. It could be 2-0 already.

Raúl García


Athletic Club

3′ That throughball from Garcia was exquisite but Barca’s offside trap totally failed there. What a start here at San Mames!



Athletic Club

3′ GOAL! ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-0 BARCELONA! Athletic take a stunning early lead! Williams bursts past Barca’s high defensive line to latch onto Garcia’s throughball and bear down on the box. The forward takes a touch inside past Lenglet and fires low past ter Stegen!

1′ We’re underway here in Bilbao!

The two sides are out on the San Mames pitch. Athletic are wearing their usual red and white striped shirts and black shorts. Barca are in their yellow away strip.

Athletic have lost just one of their last four La Liga games against Barcelona and are unbeaten in the sides’ last two meetings here at San Mames. However, Athletic haven’t gone three games in a row without losing against Barca since 2013. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 17 visits to Basque sides though. Will Barca make it three away wins in a row?

There’s just the one change to Athletic from their 1-0 win over Elche as Capa starts at right-back. Berenguer drops to the bench. Barca make a single change too from their away win over Huesca as Griezmann starts ahead of Braithwaite.

SUBS: Riqui Puig, Junior Firpo, Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti, Konrad De la Fuente, Trincao, Inaki Pena, Neto, Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza.

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi (c), Ousmane Dembele.

SUBS: Inigo Vicente, Ibai Gomez, Dani Garcia, Mikel Balenziaga, Asier Villalibre, Kenan Kodro, Oihan Sancet, Jon Morcillo, Inigo Cordoba, Inigo Lekue, Jokin Ezkieta, Alex Berenguer.

ATHLETIC BILBAO (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Unai Nunez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri; Oscar De Marcos, Mikel Vesga, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain (c); Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia.

Athletic, meanwhile, are under new management after a weekend win against Elche was not enough to save Gaizka Garitano’s job. It’s Marcelino’s first job since leaving Valencia in September 2019. No doubt a victory for the hosts here would be a great start to their new era.

Barcelona arrive in Bilbao looking to lift themselves to third in La Liga. Ronald Koeman’s side sit fifth currently and are way off the pace in the title race behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. A win here would mark a tentative return to more familiar territory.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this La Liga match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at San Mames Stadium.