Barcelona’s winless run stretched to three games as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient Athletic Bilbao side at Camp Nou on Saturday

Barcelona dominated much of the first half, but went into the break a goal behind as Oscar de Marcos put the visitors ahead in the 41st minute through a close-range effort. The hosts continued in the same vein post the interval, but luck deserted them until deep into regulation time.

However, it was their talisman Lionel Messi, who made the difference once again, pushing Bilbao further and further backwards since coming on in the 55th minute. And, the Argentinean wizard supplied the assist for the equaliser as he squared the ball for Munir El Haddadi to tap into the net past Unai Simon.

That was it for the match though, as it ended all square after 90 minutes. But, Barcelona fans made it a point to hail Messi after another impressive performance, albeit as a substitute this time.

Meanwhile, Barcelona fans had some choice words for Ernesto Valverde, whose decision to rest Messi could have cost the hosts dearly.

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