Sunday November 6, 2011 Day 12 Finished San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao 2 - 2 FC Barcelona

  • Herrera 20’
  • Llorente 80’
  • Fábregas 24’
  • Messi 90’

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  1. Messi rescues late point for Barca

    Messi rescues late point for Barca

    Round-up: Lionel Messi scored a last-minute equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw for Barcelona at Athletic Bilbao after an epic clash at San Mames. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 2-2 draw in this one. Messi's first away goal of the season. It ends all square.
    • 90+1' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 89' GOAL! Messi slips the ball home, and Barca are level at 2-2. Awful defending by Athleitc. A gift for Barca and the ball breaks to Messi, who doesn't miss from there.
    • 88' Mikel San José replaces Fernando Llorente for the home side.
    • 87' Amorebieta picks up his second yellow card for a late challenge and he is sent off.
    • 86' Muniain trots off to be replaced by Ibai Gomez. The home side so close to a famous victory.
    • 85' Villa thumps a shot at goal from Messi's pass, but Iraizoz is there to keep the ball out. Another solid block.
    • 84' Toquero is introduced to take over from Susaeta for the home team. Can they see this out.
    • 83' Alexis knocks the ball to the back post, but the unmarked Iniesta drives the shot into the side netting. Should have made it 2-2 there.
    • 82' Villa tries his luck from outside of the box, but the shot is saved by Iraizoz. Straight at the keeper.
    • 81' Barca pushing for this leveller, but Amorebieta is in there again to win the ball from Messi.
    • 80' Amorebieta almost scores an own goal at the other end as the ball just flies wide of the target.
    • 79' Barca going to go with three up front as they try to rescue a draw from this match.
    • 78' Change then for Barca as Thiago is brought on for Pique.
    • 77' GOAL!! Pique has scorned an own goal from the corner. Abidal hits the ball off Llorente and it beats Valdes with Pique helpless on the goalline.
    • 76' Aurtenetxe fouls Messi, but the move breaks down as Athletic break to the other end at some speed. Fine break by the home team.
    • 75' Messi has never scored at this venue. Doesn't look like he is going to break his duck this evening unless Barca can conjure up some magic.
    • 74' Muniain fouled by Busquets as Athletic try to makes advances, but Pique makes a superb tackle seconds later to win it back for Barca.
    • 73' Busquets fouled by Llorente, who is working tirelessly to help his side.
    • 72' Susaeta fouled by Mascherano before Barca break to the other end. The ball continues to stick on the sodden surface.
    • 71' Herrera overhits the corner-kick as Barca then make the change. Off goes Adriano and on comes Villa. Not a bad change to make.
    • 70' A change coming for Barca, and it looks like David Villa may be given the nod.
    • 69' Messi lifts the shot up, but it fails to get over the wall as Athletic defend with some focus. Suddenly sensing an unlikely point may be on the cards.
    • 68' Amorebieta is booked for that tackle on Fabregas as Barca prepare to take this free-kick.
    • 67' Fabregas taken out late by Amorebieta. His boot is off and Barca have a free-kick on the edge of the box.
    • 66' Adriano decides to uncork a shot from distance. Got some movement on that shot, but lifts the ball over the bar. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 65' Llorente back working hard to track back and tackle Messi. Fine effort by him.
    • 64' Barca have an enormous 61 per cent of possession, but yet to find their range in this second period. Athletic continue to make life tough for the visitors.
    • 63' Pique rises to head out of the danger zone before Valdes comes from his goal to play a pass to Alves.
    • 62' Pique is booked for handling the ball then protesting. He is none too happy, but the home team have a great chance with this free-kick.
    • 61' Sanchez races into the home area, but he slides in the slippery conditions as Athletic look to get up the park.
    • 60' Change for Barca as Alexis Sanchez is introduced to take over from Xavi.
    • 59' They do this time as Messi flicks a shot at goal from Fabregas' pass. Well taken by Iraizoz in the home goal.
    • 58' Alves back on the park as Amorebieta clears from his own box. Barca not finding the passes at the moment.
    • 57' Liga's top goalscorer this season (Lionel Messi, 13) is yet to score away from home in the current campaign.
    • 56' Mascherano fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty as he puts his arms around Herrera, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 55' Looks like he has gone over on his ankle. He heads off for some treatment as Barca play on with 10 men.
    • 54' Alves seems to have hurt himself going for a high ball. He is going to need a spot of treatment.
    • 53' That pitch looks waterlogged. Messi sticks the ball in the net from Fabregas' pass, but offside.
    • 52' A booking for Iturraspe as he brings down Fabregas. No complaints from him.
    • 51' Free-kick comes to nothing as Athletic attempt to trouble the visiting goal.
    • 50' Aurtenetxe takes out Messi with a late challenge. Iniesta is then down after taking a sore one. Free-kick to the home side from some way out.
    • 49' Iniesta tries to chip Iraizoz from distance, but just never got enough air under the ball. Goalkeeper relieved to take that. Decent effort, and still the rain falls down.
    • 48' Iraizoz hammers the ball long. It is sticking on the surface. A booking for Martinez for bringing down Fabregas.
    • 47' Pitch beginning to look a bit heavy with all the rain lying on the top of the pitch. Not ideally suited to Barca's fluent passing style.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break. All square in this one, and all to play for. 1-1.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to this half.
    • 43' Muniain with the quick free-kick into the box, but Mascherano is quick to read the danger as he empties the ball out of the park.
    • 42' Offside flag goes up against Susaeta. Wasn't much in that call.
    • 41' Barca would dearly love a second before the break but Abidal's cross is cut out by Iraizoz in the home goal.
    • 40' Abidal not messing around at the back as he hammers the ball long up the park. Barca don't do that too often.
    • 39' Messi on the run, but for once his control lets him down as Amorebieta comes across to win the ball.
    • 38' No umbrella for Guardiola, who is getting drenched out there. On we go with the score level at 1-1.
    • 37' Messi tries to play in Iniesta, but just overhits the pass as Iraizoz comes out to collect.
    • 36' Xavi scampers up the park at the other end only to hammer a shot wide of the goal. We remain at 1-1.
    • 35' Muniain almost adds a second for Athletic. Great run from Herrera's pass, but couldn't find the power on the shot as Valdes saves.
    • 34' Amorebieta late on Fabregas, and Barca continue on the ball. The home side haven't been seeing going forward since that opening goal. All Barca.
    • 33' Adriano catches Herrera with a late tackle. Free-kick to the home side deep in their own half.
    • 32' Messi delivers the corner. Not the best before Athletic head the ball out from Messi's cross.
    • 31' Amorebieta forced to concede a corner as Messi cut a dash into the box.
    • 30' Barca going from side to side. Fine run by Fabregas and excellent ball across goal, but no takers on hand to convert for Barca.
    • 29' Llorente guilty of nudging Pique off the ball, and the visitors have a free-kick. Well spotted by the referee.
    • 28' Iraizoz out to make a sharp save from Iniesta. Lovely ball from Messi to set him up. Barca continue to turn the screw.
    • 27' Alves dinks the ball to Xavi, but the home side again break up the play. Barca piling bodies forward looking for this second goal.
    • 26' Barcelona 2/7 favourites to win this game even though it is away from home. Shows their supremacy in Spain.
    • 25' Messi again on the run. Tries to pick out Iniesta, but Bilbao have enough bodies back. Barca suddenly warming to their task in the rain.
    • 24' Messi drives towards the home goal. Fires in a fine shot, but the ball bends just past the post. Great movement by Messi.
    • 23' Some silence now in the ground. Home fans can't believe that goal. Llorente flattens Valdes and the visiting side have a free-kick.
    • 22' GOAL! Fabregas levels for Barca! Fine header by the former Arsenal skipper to net from Abidal's cross. A stunning goal to level at 1-1.
    • 21' Messi picks out the run of Alves, but his shot is blocked by Iraizoz. Great stop by the keeper to protect the lead.
    • 20' The rain really hammering off the turn. Guardiola far from happy with what he is watching.
    • 19' Busquets is brought down by Herrera. He is booked for that challenge.
    • 18' Bilbao lead 1-0. Barca went nine games without conceding, but the record ends here and now. Susaeta played provider after Mascherano slipped before the the goal.
    • 17' GOAL! Ander Herrera scores for the home side. Terrific finish from the edge of the box. No chance for Valdes in the Barca goal.
    • 16' Fabregas on the ball for Barca, looks for Alves. Chance for Iniesta from 20 yards, but he just curls the shot over the bar. Should have hit the target.
    • 15' Iraizoz hammers the ball down the park from his own box. Abidal then takes a tumbles as he is fouled at the haflway line.
    • 14' Barca not having it all their own way so far. Athletic working hard to close down space as much as possible.
    • 13' The shot came in from Ander, but Barca survive that hairy moment.
    • 12' Llorente lays the ball back at the edge of the box, but the shot is saved by Valdes. Decent move by the home side.
    • 11' Xavi looking for Iniesta with a short pass, but the move breaks down as Iraizoz comes to collect.
    • 10' A win for Barcelona in this match would be the first time they have won three consecutive away league games this season.
    • 9' Athletic try to keep the ball at the back. Barca press up the park before Iniesta is fouled by Oscar. Free-kick to the visitors.
    • 8' Messi trying to dash beyond several home players. Manages the trick only for Iraola to thump the ball up the park.
    • 7' Barcelona have kept the most clean sheets in the league this season (eight).
    • 6' Pep Guardiola well wrapped up on the touchline. Barca back on the ball as Xavi feeds Alves as the ball goes backwards.
    • 5' Aurtenetxe appealing for a handball against Alves, but the referee doesn't want to know as he waves play on.
    • 4' Barca quickly into their stride here. Knocking the ball around with their usual composure.
    • 3' Adriano almost in for the opener. Lovely pass from Xavi, but Iraizoz just claws the shot out from on the goalline. Bright start by Barca.
    • 2' Athletic have not beaten Barcelona in the league since 2005/06 (3-1 at San Mamés). Would be a good time to alter that record this evening.
    • 1' Athletic get the match off and running in the rain.
    • 18.57 The rain is thumping down as the teams come out for this match. Should make for an interesting evening.
    • 18.55 Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Biesla is relishing the challenge of facing Barca: "We try to treat every game with the same importance. Whether it goes our way or not we'll see, but the idea out of the start is always the same."
    • 18.50 Teams: Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, Iraola, Javi Martínez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Herrera, De Marcos, Iturraspe, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain////Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Abidal, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Adriano, Messi, Fabregas
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Athletic Billbao against Barcelona from San Mames.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Messi slips the ball home, and Barca are level at 2-2. Awful defending by Athleitc. A gift for Barca and the ball breaks to Messi, who doesn't miss from there.
    • 87' Amorebieta picks up his second yellow card for a late challenge and he is sent off.
    • 85' Villa thumps a shot at goal from Messi's pass, but Iraizoz is there to keep the ball out. Another solid block.
    • 83' Alexis knocks the ball to the back post, but the unmarked Iniesta drives the shot into the side netting. Should have made it 2-2 there.
    • 77' GOAL!! Pique has scorned an own goal from the corner. Abidal hits the ball off Llorente and it beats Valdes with Pique helpless on the goalline.
    • 59' They do this time as Messi flicks a shot at goal from Fabregas' pass. Well taken by Iraizoz in the home goal.
    • 49' Iniesta tries to chip Iraizoz from distance, but just never got enough air under the ball. Goalkeeper relieved to take that. Decent effort, and still the rain falls down.
    • 35' Muniain almost adds a second for Athletic. Great run from Herrera's pass, but couldn't find the power on the shot as Valdes saves.
    • 28' Iraizoz out to make a sharp save from Iniesta. Lovely ball from Messi to set him up. Barca continue to turn the screw.
    • 24' Messi drives towards the home goal. Fires in a fine shot, but the ball bends just past the post. Great movement by Messi.
    • 22' GOAL! Fabregas levels for Barca! Fine header by the former Arsenal skipper to net from Abidal's cross. A stunning goal to level at 1-1.
    • 21' Messi picks out the run of Alves, but his shot is blocked by Iraizoz. Great stop by the keeper to protect the lead.
    • 17' GOAL! Ander Herrera scores for the home side. Terrific finish from the edge of the box. No chance for Valdes in the Barca goal.
    • 16' Fabregas on the ball for Barca, looks for Alves. Chance for Iniesta from 20 yards, but he just curls the shot over the bar. Should have hit the target.
    • 12' Llorente lays the ball back at the edge of the box, but the shot is saved by Valdes. Decent move by the home side.
    • 3' Adriano almost in for the opener. Lovely pass from Xavi, but Iraizoz just claws the shot out from on the goalline. Bright start by Barca.
    • 18.50 Teams: Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, Iraola, Javi Martínez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Herrera, De Marcos, Iturraspe, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain////Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Abidal, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Adriano, Messi, Fabregas

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  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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