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Barca beaten in Bilbao by thunderous strike from Aduriz

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Barca beaten in Bilbao by thunderous strike from Aduriz
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - August 16, 2019 Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Vincent West   -   Copyright  VINCENT WEST(Reuters)
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BILBAO (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona fell to a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in their opening La Liga game of the season thanks to a sensational late overhead kick from veteran striker Aritz Aduriz.

The 38-year-old came off the bench late in the game and soon made Barca pay for squandering several chances by acrobatically lashing an unstoppable shot into the net in the 89th minute.

The Catalans were without injured captain Lionel Messi but lined up with 200 million euros of new talent in France forward Antoine Griezmann and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

However, they lacked sparkle against an energetic Bilbao side.

Luis Suarez struck the near post in the first half when presented with a terrible back pass from Athletic’s Unai Lopez and was soon forced off with a calf injury, while substitute Rafinha rattled the crossbar after coming on.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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