(CNN) — Missing Lionel Messi, La Liga winner Barcelona stumbled to a 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao on Friday as the Spanish league season got underway in thrilling fashion.
Messi lasted a calf injury and with no Argentine, Barca looked ordinary as substitute Aritz Adurizs stunning acrobatic volley from the games closing moments sealed Bilbaos surprise triumph.
The competition has put us into our location, Barca defender Gerard Pique told Bloomberg. We were not us
Last season, finished 11 points clear from second-place Atletico Madrid and Barcelona coasted into the La Liga title, dropping just three times. Messi has been the leagues top scorer with 34 goals.
But went right for the Spanish winner on Friday. Barca striker Luis Suarez, who scored 33 goals last season, hit on the post but shortly limped off with an injury.
Tests completed on Saturday morning have verified that first team participant Luis Su??rez has an injured right wing, said Barcas website on Saturday. His recovery will soon dictate his return to action.
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Antoine Griezmann and frenkie de Jong made their debuts but it had been the Aduriz who delivered the game finale.
Sometimes football can be so amazing, Aduriz informed reporters. It will be impossible to not overlook this but what has a beginning and an end. Im incredibly grateful to be able to select this ending.
Bilbao, who finished eighth last season, were well worth their win with striker Inaki Williams frequently troubling the Barca defense.
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Meanwhile Barca and Bayern Munich have reached agreement to Philippe Coutinhos transport .
The Brazil international will initially combine on a season-long loan, with Bayern with an option to make the deal permanent for the.
Weve observed Coutinho for quite a while. The name does not matter, just the caliber, Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the clubs website following the 2-2 draw with Hertha BSC at Fridays Bundesliga opening match.
Clearly we have to finalise a few details, but were delighted to be bringing this participant to Bayern, added Bayern sporting manager Hasan Salihamidzic.
Coutinho, who combined Barcelona for a reported $170 million from Liverpool has struggled to make an effect in Spain after filming in the English Premier League.
When he chose to 16, he became the third player ever.