Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona: Ter Stegen saves a point

Barca were poor in the first half and improved in the second on a frustrating night at the San Mames

Así ha sido el gran partido de Ter Stegen | LaLiga

Javier Giraldo

@javiergiraldo

MATCH FACTS

LaLiga Santander

ATH

0-0

FCB

Athletic Club

Herrerín; De Marcos, Yeray, Iñigo Martínez, Balenziaga; Beñat (San José, min. 56), Dani García; Susaeta (c) (Munian, min. 63), Raúl García, Yuri e Iñaki Williams (Kenan Kodro, min. 89).

FC Barcelona

Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet (Vermaelen, min. 87), Semedo; Busquets, Rakitic, Arturo Vidal (Aleñá, min. 63); Messi (c), Coutinho (Dembélé, min. 72) y Luis Suárez.

Árbitro

Del Cerro Grande (comité madrileño). Amonestó con cartulina amarilla a Dani García (min. 51), Lenglet (min. 71), Busquets (min. 77) y expulsó a De Marcos por doble amonestación (min. 68 y 90).

Incidencias

Partido de la jornada 23 de LaLiga Santander disputado en el estadio de San Mamés ante 47.587 espectadores.

Barcelona moved six points clear at the top of La Liga even as they struggled in a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Lionel Messi hit the crossbar with a lob although the goal would have been ruled out for offside, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two brilliant saves.

The first was an acrobatic leap to tip over Markel Susaeta’s effort, the second a close range reflex stop to keep Inaki Williams at bay.

Those were the pick of the chances in a tight game with few openings.

Athletic defender Oscar de Marcos was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time for handball.

Reigning La Liga champions Barcelona are unbeaten in 11 games but have now drawn two in a row in the top flight, three if you count the Spanish Cup Clasico semi with Real Madrid on Wednesday.

“It’s always good to get a point against a side like Barcelona but we had the better chances and created more danger, Ter Stegen was sensational,” said Gaizka Garitano, the Bilbao coach.

“They have a great goalkeeper who made two great saves, but we are happy with getting a point and the work our players did.”

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