MUNIR EL HADDADI spared Barcelona blushes with a late purpose towards Athletic Bilbao as they didn’t win for the third league sport in a row – for the primary time since 2016.
It appeared as if the Spanish giants had been heading for a second successive league defeat following Oscar de Marcos’ first-half purpose.
However substitute El Haddidi poked in from shut vary to interrupt the guests’ coronary heart with seven minutes remaining after a spirited show.
And it ought to have been worse for Bilbao – with Ivan Rakitic in some way lacking with the purpose at his mercy deep into stoppage time.
Ernesto Valverde was on the lookout for a response following Wednesday’s shock 2-1 defeat at Leganes.
Valverde had raised eyebrows earlier than the sport by leaving out skipper and star man Lionel Messi from his beginning XI.
And Barca had been displaying indicators of a hangover from their midweek loss, with the defence everywhere within the first half.
It was Gerard Pique, who has come below fierce criticism from supporters in current weeks, who was at fault because the hosts fell behind.
The Spanish worldwide was the one one among Barca’s backline to not push out of the penalty space, with the defender protecting Markel Susaeta onside.
The winger was subsequently capable of finding the unmarked De Marcos on the far put up with a cross, who stretched a foot out and located the far nook.
It was Messi’s intervention as a sub which proved crucial, as he supplied the help for El Haddadi to attain his first purpose of the season.
Luis Suarez then thought he had snatched all three factors as he turned within the field and transformed with conviction after Pique had cleverly discovered him.
That was disallowed for offside although, with VAR confirming the choice was appropriate.
And Rakitic had the chance to finish a disappointing week on a excessive – after sensible work from Messi – however in some way didn’t.