Barcelona extended their unbeaten Primera Division home run to 31 games on Sunday afternoon as they eased past Athletic Club 2-0 inside an 83,000-strong Camp Nou.
Strikes from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi placed the hosts in a comfortable position during a sensational first half display which could have feasibly seen the Catalonians command a much greater advantage.
However, following a measured second 45, which saw the tempo sucked out of the contest, Barca were again unable to force the scoreline to truly reflect their supremacy, although the champions elect extended their points buffer over Atletico Madrid to 11 points – with Diego Simeone’s side visiting Villarreal later in the afternoon.
Ahead of the contest, B
A pedestrian-paced, but measured buildup eventually found its way to Jordi Alba on the left-hand side before the Spaniard slid in his low cross which the second-string frontman, in for the suspended Luis Suarez, latched onto with a simple side-foot from 12 yards to give Barca the advantage
Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Cub HT: #Barca sensational first half. Lead by two but could quite easily be 5/6. Coutinho hit the woodwork twice before Paulinho followed suit. Athletic haven’t offered much – as you would expect from a side who haven’t scored in La Liga this month.
— Joe Owens (@jwpowens) March 18, 2018
As the second half passed by, the hosts struggled to find their levels from the first, with Athletic seeing more of the ball in opposition territory; however, failing to test