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Supporting cast drives Barcelona to triumph



Supporting cast drives Barcelona to triumph

Aheavily rotated Barcelona still took care of business with a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday afternoon at the Camp Nou.

Paco Alcacer scored his first class objective of the season, while Lionel Messi obviously added his name to the scoresheet, as did Aleix Vidal, in a match in which Barcelona showed solid completing to assert the three points.
Even however he didn't score, specify must be made of Neymar's execution. Not exclusively did the Brazilian create a significant part of the Barcelona offense, however his devotion to following back and safeguarding was a noteworthy resource on the day for chief Luis Enrique, particularly with such a large number of regular starters out of activity.




Athletic forced the hosts well, with Inaki Williams emerging specifically, yet an inability to gain by chances in addition to great goalkeeping from Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen sentenced Ernesto Valverde's men to a goalless outing.
For the first run through in 2017, Alcacer got approval from Luis Enrique in a beginning XI, joining Messi and Neymar in advance while Luis Suarez was refreshed on the seat. 
With Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta still out harmed, the midfield was completely patched up as Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Arda Turan shaped the center trio, while in the back Vidal delighted in a moment straight alliance begin at ideal back and Jeremy Mathieu was put on the inverse side at left-back.
There were firecrackers at both closures to begin, first on a Neymar shot that just streamed wide after Yeray had slipped directly before objective; then a fine play from Williams who set up Raul Garcia just to see the shot skiped off the post. 
The end-to-end activity proceeded and minutes after a Barcelona keep running into the territory, Athletic countered with one of their one in which Aymeric Laporte chose Williams in solitude before objective yet the header from the forward cruised wide.Athletic would wind up lamenting the missed possibilities as Barcelona would discover the 1-0 opener on account of a fine complete from Alcacer. 
Aleix Vidal swung a traverse to Neymar on the left and the Brazilian demonstrated the best of his playmaking aptitudes by dashing past Mike San Jose before decreasing for Alcacer, who slammed in a one-clock inside the close post.Barcelona were still tormented by mistakes however because of Athletic's high squeezing and they were fortunate that Raul Garcia and San Jose improved preferred standpoint of a couple giveaways somewhere down in the hosts' half. Williams was additionally giving the Barcelona safeguard fits; he blasted past Gerard Pique on the left edge of the range around the half-hour check, yet Ter Stegen obstructed the restricted calculated shot.





Athletic constrained the hosts well, with Inaki Williams developing particularly, yet a powerlessness to pick up by chances notwithstanding awesome goalkeeping from Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen sentenced Ernesto Valverde's men to a goalless outing.
For the main gone through in 2017, Alcacer got endorsement from Luis Enrique in a starting XI, joining Messi and Neymar ahead of time while Luis Suarez was revived on the seat. 
With Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta still out hurt, the midfield was totally fixed up as Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Arda Turan molded the middle trio, while in the back Vidal savored the experience of a minute in a row collusion start at perfect back and Jeremy Mathieu was put on the opposite side at left-back.
There were sparklers at both terminations to start, first on a Neymar shot that just gushed wide after Yeray had slipped straightforwardly before target; then a fine play from Williams who set up Raul Garcia just to see the shot skiped off the post. The end-to-end action continued and minutes after a Barcelona continue running into the region, Athletic countered with one of their one in which Aymeric Laporte picked Williams in isolation before target yet the header from the forward traveled wide.
Athletic would end up mourning the missed conceivable outcomes as Barcelona would find the 1-0 opener by virtue of a fine total from Alcacer.
 Aleix Vidal swung a cross to Neymar on the left and the Brazilian showed the best of his playmaking aptitudes by dashing past Mike San Jose before diminishing for Alcacer, who pummeled in a one-clock inside the nearby post.
Barcelona were still tormented by missteps however as a result of Athletic's high pressing and they were lucky that Raul Garcia and San Jose enhanced favored point of view of a couple giveaways some place down in the hosts' half. 
Williams was furthermore giving the Barcelona shield fits; he impacted past Gerard Pique on the left edge of the range around the half-hour check, yet Ter Stegen blocked the confined ascertained shot.

With Messi off the pitch, Athletic smelled an opportunity but they would be left stunned minutes later when a sensational solo effort from Aleix Vidal ended with the full-back clubbing a left-footer that bounced past Iraizoz and into the side netting for a 3-0 advantage.
The Vidal goal deflated Athletic and the match lost much of its energy in the final 20 minutes with the outcome all but decided. Eraso had the Basques' best look at goal late on when played in, but he shot wide of the far post, summing up Athletic's lack of finishing on the night.
Barcelona return to action on Tuesday when they face Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at the Camp Nou.
- Match Sheet:
3.- FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Aleix Vidal, Pique (Mascherano, min. 46), Umtiti, Mathieu; Andre Gomes, Rafinha (Rakitic, min. 54), Arda Turan; Messi (Sergi Roberto, min. 64), Alcacer, Neymar.
0.- Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, De Marcos, Balenziaga, Laporte, Yeray, San Jose (Benat, min. 59), Iturraspe, Raul Garcia (Eraso, min. 74), Muniain, Williams, Lekue (Aduriz, min. 52).
Goals: 1-0, min. 18: Alcacer; 2-0, min. 40: Messi; 3-0, min. 67: Aleix Vidal.
Referee: Gonzalez Gonzalez.
Yellow Cards: Pique (Min. 23) for Barcelona, Iturraspe (Min. 27) for Athletic Bilbao, De Marcos (Min. 34) for Athletic Bilbao, Laporte (Min. 70) for Athletic Bilbao.
Stadium: Camp Nou.
Attendance: 83,884.

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