Teams: Athletic Bilbao 0-0 FC Barcelona
Date: 10 February 2019
Venue: San Mames Barria
LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona moved six points clear of second-place Real Madrid, despite dropping points at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening.Ernesto Valverde started Lionel Messi despite concerns about his match fitness following injury while Sergi Roberto and Arturo Vidal were the other two sbo333
changes from their last outing against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.The hosts were unlucky not to go ahead in the 17th minute after Markel Susaeta unleashed a curling strike from just outside the box that forced Barça goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a superb save.Messi came close to breaking the deadlock with a chipped effort that clipped the top sbo333
of the crossbar after Athletic goalkeeper Iago Herrerin was out of his area following a save to deny Nelson Semedo a clear sight of goal.The half had a lot of end-to-end attacks but somehow neither side could find the breakthrough, mainly thanks to the heroics of Ter Stegen.The visitors increased their intensity and dominated in the early exchanges of the second stand but they could not find a way through.As a result, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde made first sbo333
change in the 63rd minute as Carles Alena came on for Vidal in a straight swap in midfield.Inaki Williams, who had threatened all the night, nearly found the breakthrough for Bilbao ten minutes before time with glancing header at the near post that missed narrowly wide following a free-kick.