Athletic Bilbao 2-3 Barcelona: Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona go third in La Liga

Lionel Messi has scored five times in his past six La Liga games and has 12 goals for the season in all competitions

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao to go third in La Liga.

Athletic took an early lead through Inaki Williams, but teenager Pedri equalised with a header soon after.

Messi, who also hit the post twice, then scored when he collected Pedri’s backheel and shot past Unai Simon.

A powerful first-time shot from Messi made it 3-1 and Barcelona held on for the victory, despite a late 20-yard strike from Athletic’s Iker Muniain.

More to follow.


Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Simón
  • 21Capa
  • 3Núñez
  • 4Martínez
  • 17BerchicheSubstituted forBalenziagaat 32′minutes
  • 18De MarcosSubstituted forBerenguer Remiroat 65′minutes
  • 27Vencedor
  • 6VesgaBooked at 27minsSubstituted forGarcía Carrilloat 65′minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 10Muniain
  • 22GarcíaSubstituted forMorcilloat 80′minutes
  • 9Williams


  • 2Morcillo
  • 7Gómez
  • 11Córdoba
  • 12Berenguer Remiro
  • 13Ezkieta
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 15Lekue
  • 16Sancet
  • 19Kodro
  • 20Villalibre
  • 24Balenziaga
  • 26Vicente


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2DestSubstituted forMinguezaat 75′minutes
  • 4Araujo
  • 15LengletBooked at 57mins
  • 18Alba
  • 21de Jong
  • 5Busquets
  • 16González
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 75′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7Griezmann


  • 8Pjanic
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 28Mingueza
  • 29De la Fuente

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