Bilbao stun Messi-less Barca

Barcelona made a nightmare start to the defence of their La Liga title on Friday by losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao after a sensational late volley from substitute Aritz Aduriz.

In a disastrous performance for the Catalans, striker Luis Suarez hobbled off injured in the first half after hitting the post with an opportunistic strike.

The Uruguayan was substituted in the 37th minute with what looked like a calf injury, and his replacement, Rafinha, had Barca’s best chance of the match with a shot that rattled the woodwork just before halftime.

Aduriz came on in the 88th, the 38-year-old striker who has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

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And he delivered a dream finish as he threw himself into the air and acrobatically volleyed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to send San Mames wild on La Liga’s opening night.


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