Athletic Club 1-1 Barcelona: Player ratings


Barcelona needed a first La Liga goal from Memphis Depay to salvage a 1-1 draw at Athletic Club at San Mamés.

The Catalan giants were fairly flat in the first half, as their attempts to pass through the middle of the field before shifting out wide yielded little success. The pattern of play became fairly predictable, with Athletic nullifying any threat offered by livewires Depay and Pedri.

While Los Leones finished the first half the stronger of the two sides, they couldn’t convert their possession into creating any clear cut chances. However, five minutes after the interval, Iñigo Martínez turned home Iker Muniain’s corner to give the hosts the lead.

That goal was the shock to the system that Barcelona needed, and they immediately began to stroke the ball around with more calmness and composure. This newfound energy inspired Frenkie de Jong to hit the crossbar moments later, but the visitors would not be denied their equalising goal.

Impressive pressing in midfield eventually led to Sergi Roberto feeding the ball through for Depay, who powered through on goal before firing a thundering left foot strike into the roof of Julen Agirrezabala’s goal.





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