Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao - Football Match Report

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Since Andres Iniesta left Barcelona at the end of last season, the Catalan club have been looking for options to fill in the Spaniard big boots and Lionel Messi has asked the club to sign this Real Madrid star.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) conreols the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid on September 26, 2018.

The Argentine started the game from the bench and was introduced in the second half as the hosts chased an equalier.

Barcelona were shocked 2-1 by struggling Leganes as coach Ernesto Valverde's decision to rotate his squad backfired, with Barca conceding twice in two second-half minutes.

To be precise, Messi last league defeat came against Málaga at the Rosaleda, with the "Blanquiazules" emerging 2-0 winners back on April 8, 2017.

We can not afford to concede goals in every game.

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"If you are a team who are used to winning and you do not, you should congratulate the other team but Barcelona did not do that to us. You have a game under control and then the opposition can do damage like they (Leganes) did in one minute", Valverde said.

"When we entered the closing stages of the game, we had faith and belief in ourselves even though they are one of the best teams in the world".

Ivan Cuellar goalkeeper of La Liga side Leagnes has branded Barcelona "ugly" following the reaction of their players to Wednesday night's game. We're going to try to win.

Oscar Rodriguez, a former member of Real Madrid's youth teams, who is on loan with Leganes, took advantage of Pique's uncharacteristic mistake to score the 53rd-minute victor.

Brazil midfielder Phillipe Coutinho also struck a shot onto the crossbar and Luis Suarez was unable to convert the follow-up.

The Blaugrana may now be top of La Liga on goal difference, but they have dropped seven of the last nine points available.