Barcelona secured a 1-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao in their latest La Liga match, with Raphinha scoring the winning goal. This win puts Barcelona back on top of the league with a nine-point lead and marks their 19th clean sheet in 25 league games this season.
Athletic Bilbao, who had been winless in their last four games in all competitions, started the game well and had a chance to score early on, but Robert Lewandowski missed his opportunity. Later in the first half, Athletic Bilbao had another chance to score, but Álex Berenguer missed his shot.
The home fans were in a mischievous mood and threw fake money onto the pitch to make a statement about Barça’s alleged historical payments to influence refereeing decisions.
Despite this distraction, Athletic Bilbao continued to cause problems for Barcelona. However, just before half-time, Barcelona managed to break the deadlock with a beautiful goal from Raphinha. Although the goal was initially ruled out for offside, it was later overturned by VAR.
In the second half, Lewandowski had another chance to score, but he missed his header. Athletic Bilbao made some changes to try to turn the game around, but their efforts were not enough. Barcelona managed to hold on to their lead despite some last-minute drama. In their next match, Barcelona will face Real Madrid, while Athletic Bilbao will play Real Valladolid.