Aritz Aduriz scored an incredible late
winner as Barcelona began their LaLiga
title defence with a frustrating 1-0 defeat to
Athluetic Bilbao at San Mames.
The 38-year-old came off the bench to strike
home a hammer blow with an incredible
acrobatic scissor kick with just two minutes
remaining to down Ernesto Valverde’s side.
It capped a miserable night for Barca, who
lost Luis Suarez to injury in the first half and
hit the woodwork twice.
The Uruguayan was forced off just before the interval and replaced by Rafinha after
sustaining a muscle injury in his right leg.
With Lionel Messi already out injured, Barca
were forced to deploy Antoine Griezmann as
their central striker for the second half.
But the £107m signing failed to impress as
Barca struggled to find a way past Unai Simon and the stubborn Athletic defence.
Then came the match-winning moment when Aduriz met the cross from the right from Ander Capa and struck superbly past Marc Andre ter Stegen.