Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona stunned by Athletic Bilbao in La Liga opener

(CNN) — Missing Lionel Messi, La Liga champion Barcelona stumbled to a 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao on Friday since the Spanish league season got underway in thrilling fashion.
Messi lasted a calf injury and with no Argentine, Barca looked normal as replacement Aritz Adurizs stunning volley from the games final moments sealed Bilbaos shock win.
The contest has set us in our place, Barca defender Gerard Pique told Bloomberg. We were not us.
Last season, Barcelona coasted dropping only three times and completed 11 points clear. Messi has been the leading scorer with 34 goals of the league.
But little went right for the champion on Friday. Barca striker Luis Suarez, who scored 33 goals last year, hit the post but soon afterwards limped off with an injury.
Tests carried out on Saturday morning have confirmed that first team participant Luis Su??rez has an injured right calf, said Barcas site on Saturday. His comeback will dictate that his return to action.
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Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann made their debuts however, it was the 38-year-old Aduriz who delivered the dramatic finale of the game.
Sometimes soccer can be so beautiful, Aduriz told reporters. Itll be impossible to not miss this but everything has a beginning and an end. Im incredibly thankful to have the ability to opt for this ending.
Bilbao, who finished eighth last season, were well worth their triumph with striker Inaki Williams troubling the Barca defense.
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Barca and Bayern Munich have reached agreement to Philippe Coutinhos transport .
With Bayern with an option to make the deal permanent to the 27-year-old forward, the 27-year-old Brazil international will initially join to a season-long loan.
Weve observed Coutinho for quite a while. The title does not matter, only the caliber, Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the clubs website following the 2-2 draw with Hertha BSC at Fridays Bundesliga opening game.
Obviously we still have to finalise a few details, but were delighted to be bringing this player to Bayern, added Bayern sporting manager Hasan Salihamidzic.
Coutinho, who joined Barcelona for a reported $170 million in 2018 in Liverpool, has fought to make an impact in Spain.
When he made the move to 16, he became the most expensive player ever.

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