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FULL TIME: Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Barcelona. Thanks for joining us!
Fabregas bundled over by De Marcos. Free kick and a yellow card. Last chance...
Susaeta dancing around and claiming a foul by Iniesta. Nothing given.
Three added minutes.
GOAL Athletic Bilbao! And it’s Herrera with a shot from the edge of the box that rifles into the corner. The title won’t be decided tonight!
Valdés takes his time with the free kick. Barca in no rush whatsoever.
Good run from Muniain but excellently tracked by Song. He’s then caught offside.
Iraola flagged offside. A poor run, yards off.
Messi takes and curls it just wide!
Messi brought down on the edge of the box. Yellow card for Gurpegi and danger!
Barcelona still dominating possession but the pace has dropped since Messi’s explosive introduction.
Thiago slowing things down. Barca in no hurry.
A rare attack for Athletic in this second half and they win a throw down the right. Time running out though.
Alves down again. Free kick to Barcelona.
Barca sub: Iniesta on.
Lionel Messi has now scored in 20 league games in succession. Incredible.
As it stands, the title can be decided tonight. Real Madrid are next and Barca now look comfortable. A far cry from the first half.
Messi caught offside.
Muniain bundled over in the box by Fabregas. Nothing given.
Athletic sub: Adruiz off for Llorente.
This would be the earliest Barca have won the title since the mid 70s if Real lose later.
So a goal and assist in quick succession from Lionel Messi has turned this game on its head. What a genius.
GOAL Barcelona! It’s Alexi with the goal from Messi’s header following a cross from Alves.
That’s Barca’s 100th league goal of the season and Messi’s 58th in all competition.
What a goal from Lionel Messi! And it’s his 44th league goal. He cut inside three players before slotting it into the far corner. Incredible.
A quickly taken free kick and Iraizoz is out really quickly to punch under pressure from Alexis.
Another great first touch from Messi but his shot is blocked by Iraola.
Great run from Alves and he crosses for Alexis but his shot is straight at Iraizoz. Looking a matter of time for Barca now.
Fàbregas pops it up for Alexis but Bilbao clear the danger.
Messi already looking ominous, a shadow of the player against Bayern.
Great run and pass from Messi to Pedro and his shot is saved by Iraizoz. His hamstring seems fine. What acceleration!
Great first touch from Messi for Alves and his second is a shot that is blocked.
Barcelona sub: Xavi off for Messi.
And here comes Messi!
Desperate defending from Athletic and they eventually win a goal kick in the face of some constant pressure in the box.
Susaeta takes and it’s off the frame of the goal before Valdes scrambles it away! Close to 2-0!
A pull by Adriano on Aduriz. Free kick Bilbao. And now a yellow card for Adriano for a challenge on Susaeta.
A rough looking challenge in the box from Ekiza on Alexis but he gets away with it. No complaints from Barca.
Easy interception for San Jose from Adriano’s pass. It goes back to Iraizoz. Athletic have defended well.
Offside flag raised against De Marcos.
Slow start to this half. Messi seems keen to come on too.
This would be Bilbao’s first win in 20 meetings with Barca if they hang on.
Barca sub: Abidal off for Adriano.
We’re back underway here and Bilbao can guarantee their La Liga safety if they hold on and make Barca wait for a 22nd domestic title.
HALF TIME: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona
Fabregas forges into the box and flashes it across the face of the goal! He was trying to curl it in from a tight angle. One added minute.
Xavi feeds Alexis but great defending from Ekiza in the box.
Great chance for Aduriz to make it two from De Marcos’ pinpoint cross and he heads over from a yard out! What a chance gone.
Alexis brought down by Ekiza in a dangerous area but Barca are pulled back for an offside.
Nice ball from Susaeta to Aduriz but his shot is blocked. It’s been an entertaining game.
Great little ball from Alexis through to Pedro but he can’t quite get his shot away. Iraizoz punches under pressure from Alba. God spell for Barca.
A second yellow card, this time for Herrera for manhandling Xavi.
All Barcelona at the moment but Athletic remaining solid in defence.
Alves plays it to Fabregas who goes down in the box under a challenge from Aurtenetxe. Nothing given.
Barca playing it about nicely again, hunting for that equaliser. Xavi also hunting his seventh Liga title. Alves has a throw.
Yellow card for Cesc Fabregas for a hand ball. First of the game.
Alves is up and sprinting around quite happily again. Seems to have recovered quickly.
That was the 49th goal conceded by Valdes this season. His worst statistical season.
And a third free kick in quick succession. Fàbregas comes forward but loses possession. Susaeta clipped by Alexis. Free kick.
Another free kick to Barca as Song goes down under a challenge this time. Athletic playing tough at the moment in protecting their lead!
Alves has crumpled in a heap after a strong challenge. He limps to the side line and comes back on.
Just as Barca were starting to dominate, Athletic stung them with a perfect counter. It’s only three wins in seven now for Barca in all competition.
That was Susaeta’s tenth goal of the season and could be a crucial one.
GOAL Athletic! And it’s turned in by Susaeta. A swift counter and Aduriz drove into the box before crossing to Susaeta to slot home.
Also a joy to see Eric Abidal back playing again. Alba springs forward from left back trying to set things going and Xavi curls a wicked shot just wide!
Tito Vilanova watches on from the bench having given his first press conference since recovering from cancer treatment.
Cross by De Marcos plucked out of the air by Valdes.
It’s a cold and wet evening here in Bilbao as Barca come forward again. Xavi sets up Song but his shot is fairly comfortable for Iraizoz.
Sanchez looking very lively, he races into space down the left before crossing back but Athletic get a boot in and clear.
Messi still nursing a slight hamstring strain but it apparently isn’t too serious.
Another offside for Athletic. Thiago breaks free on the right but Athletic clear.
POSSESSION: Athletic: 51% - 49% Barcelona
Great shot from Alves and he strikes the post! That was a cracking effort.
Strong challenge from Song on Herrera could have been a yellow but the referee keeps the hard in his pocket.
De Marcos caught offside as Athletic continue to press.
Athletic beginning to dominate play and Barca are on the back foot for the time being.
Chance for Bilbao as Aduriz arrives at the far post from Herrera’s cross and he’s just wide of the post. Great chance!
Bilbao win a first attacking set piece but Barca deal with the threat and head it clear.
Piqué bundled into the hoardings in an attempt to clear but he’s okay. Trying to get his confidence back after a torrid time against Bayern.
Alves with an early strike blocked on the edge of the box and it’s blocked. Abidal kicks it out and Bilbao have a goal kick.
Abidal finds Song and it’s passes out on the right to Alves. Thiago caught. Free kick to Barca. They pass it back. Never afraid to go backwards before building again. Alba just caught and it’s another free kick.
Athletic Bilbao are not mathematically safe yet but they too should be fine. A draw should suit both teams needs tonight. Barca starting with possession, passing it around nicely. If Barca win and Real Madrid lose later, the title is theirs.
And we’re off here at the San Mames. Barring a minor miracle, Barcelona will be crowned champions. Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid at 20.00 BST.
The big news is that Lionel Messi is on the bench after not being at his fittest against Bayern Munich. But Barca can still clinch their 22nd domestic championship at San Mames if other results go their way.
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, San Jose, Aurtenetxe; Gurpegi, Herrera, De Marcos; Susaeta, Aduriz, Muniain /// Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Abidal, Alba; Song, Thiago, Xavi, Pedro, Fàbregas, Alexis. SUBS: Pinto, Messi, Villa, Bartra, Tello, Iniesta, Adriano.
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