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La Liga: Memphis Depay’s score earns Barcelona point at Athletic Bilbao

Barca struggled to cope with Athletic’s intensity but cashed in when the Basques took their foot off the gas and seemed content to defend their lead

Reuters Bilbao Published 23.08.21, 02:10 AM
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Memphis Depay scored his first goal for Barcelona to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in La Liga, while defender Eric Garcia was shown a straight red card in added time for a last-ditch foul.

Athletic defender Inigo Martinez had given the hosts a deserved lead in the 50th minute by heading home from a corner after his side had dominated the first half.

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Barca struggled to cope with Athletic’s intensity but cashed in when the Basques took their foot off the gas and seemed content to defend their lead rather than look for a second goal.

Frenkie de Jong hit the crossbar with a sumptuous chip and moments later Depay levelled in the 75th minute with a thunderous strike from a tight angle, his shot flying beyond the reach of helpless Athletic keeper Julen Agirrezabala.

The Netherlands forward then could have snatched all three points for Barca when he again got down the left hand side of Athletic’s area, but this time he looked to place his shot and dragged it wide of the far post.

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