Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Aduriz gets standing ovation after stunning volley against Barcelona

Aduriz gets standing ovation after stunning volley against Barcelona

The Basque outfit nearly took an early lead in the seventh minute after Inaki Williams pounced on a mistake by Ousmane Dembele in a risky area and unleashed a goal-bound strike that was parried wide by shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Suarez departed moments after latching onto a poor passback and hitting the post while Rafinha struck the crossbar with a curling effort from distance.

Suarez appeared to pick up a calf problem in the act of shooting and was replaced by Rafinha eight minutes from half-time, with Valverde taking the opportunity to shift Griezmann into a more central role.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde recently revealed that Messi could miss his side's opening La Liga game.

Lacklustre Barça were punished when substitute Aduriz found the net with a stunning 89th-minute scissor-kick.

The result ends a decade-long run of the Catalan giants winning their opening game of the season. "It gives you chances like this", said Aduriz, a former Spain worldwide.

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The fixture will be the first season opener that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has missed for 10 years.

"I wish we could have him here and count on him for Friday (against Athletic Bilbao) but it's hard to see".

"The competition has put us in our place", Barca defender Gerard Pique told reporters.

Barca were already without Lionel Messi, who sustained a calf injury during pre-season, and before kick-off confirmed they were about to lose Philippe Coutinho, a loan deal "agreed in principle" with Bayern Munich, according to the club's director Guillermo Amor.

"We know the potential of Athletic Club". We've done it in the past. "His recovery will dictate his return to action".

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