Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde's men held to goalless draw at San Mames

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde's men held to goalless draw at San Mames

- Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona La Liga clash ended in a 0-0 draw after normal regulation period

- The return of Lionel Messi was not enough to inspire the visitors to victory at San Mames on Sunday evening

- Ernesto Valverde's men however remain atop of the Spanish League table with 51 points after 23 matches

Barcelona failed to stretch their lead at the summit of the Spanish League table to eight points after being stalemated by Athletic Bilbao in tough La Liga clash on Sunday night.

Despite having their captain Lionel Messi back in the starting line up, the Catalans still were unable to buy themselves a win.

As they remain winless in their last three matches in all competitions having played 1-1 against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semfinal encounter at the Camp Nou.

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That was after dramatic comeback against Sevilla in their last La Liga meeting last weekend in front of their home fans.

Coach Ernesto Valverde's men also failed to take advantage of Atletico Madrid's 3-1 defeat to city rivals Los Blancos earlier this weekend by playing 0-0 at San Mames.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona must give kudos to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen who ensured they avoided defeat on the road this weekend.

The Catalans however remains atop of the league table with 51 points after 23 matches - six points better than arch rivals Real, who leaped to second position with 45 points.

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Barca will however face Real Valladolid next weekend before their Champions League round of 16 tie against French League side Lyon the following Tuesday. earlier reported that Barcelona came from two goals down to force Valencia to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, February 1, in an entertaining La Liga clash at Camp Nou.

Kevin Gameiro and Daniel Pajero gave the visitors early lead in the game but a Lionel Messi's brace ensured both sides shared spoils after the sounded the final whistle. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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