Ivan Rakitic’s goal help Barcelona go ahead of Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga.
Ivan Rakitic came to Barcelona’s rescue as the substitute fired Quique Setien’s side to a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Rakitic’s 71st-minute assist by Messi strike that lifted Barcelona on the top in league table. All eyes were on Lionel Messi, chasing his 700th career goal, but scores by Rakitic.
But the game was a cagey affair throughout with both teams spurning chances in the first half to open the scoring.
After a goalless draw at Sevilla on Friday, Barcelona were far from their best again.
Barcelona go three points clear of Real Madrid for now. Madrid face struggling Real Mallorca on Wednesday, so are expected to reclaim top spot.