Error: undefined is not an object (evaluating 'e.cycleInterval') http://www.sportsflash.com.au/app/app.min.js?v=3.0:1:40159 invoke@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:8:33897 http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9:13451 d@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:8:83373 http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:8:66264 http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9:51165 $eval@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:10:1141 $digest@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9:89081 $apply@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:10:1442 l@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9:30629 $@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9:32404 onload@http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9:32880 undefined http://www.sportsflash.com.au/js/all.min.js?v=3.0:9 TypeError: undefined is not an object (evaluating 'e[t]') http://www.sportsflash.com.au/app/app.min.js?v=3.0:1 in o http://www.sportsflash.com.au/app/app.min.js?v=3.0:1 SportsFlash : Barca made to sweat for draw by impressive Bilbao
Barca made to sweat for draw by impressive Bilbao
Reuters 600px 600px
  • 10 Feb 19
  • Soccer
  • 4
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - February 10, 2019   Athletic Bilbao's Inigo Martinez in action with Barcelona's Luis Suarez                  REUTERS/Vincent West 691px 444px Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona - San Mames, Bilbao, Spain - February 10, 2019 Athletic Bilbao's Inigo Martinez in action with Barcelona's Luis Suarez REUTERS/Vincent West

BILBAO (Reuters) - La Liga leaders Barcelona handed Real Madrid more hope in the title race as they drew 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, only avoiding defeat thanks to some outstanding saves by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The Germany keeper twice thwarted forward Inaki Williams and kept out a stinging drive from Markel Susaeta in an intense and entertaining game in which the champions came under heavy pressure throughout.

Barca top the standings with 51 points after 23 games, six ahead of a resurgent Real Madrid.

With Lionel Messi hampered by a recent thigh problem and influential left back Jordi Alba suspended, Barca were far from their usual best, creating few clear opportunities and ending the game defending deep as Bilbao continued to attack.

The impressive hosts were left frustrated by the sending off of Oscar de Marcos in added time for a second yellow card, but there was barely any time left for Barca to take advantage and they had to settle for a second straight league stalemate after last week's 2-2 draw at home to Valencia.

The home side, hurting after a limp defeat by local rivals Real Sociedad in their last outing and with a heaving San Mames stadium willing them on, made an intense start and took the game to the champions.

Ter Stegen was first called into action by a long-range strike from Susaeta, the German flying towards the top right corner to tip the ball over the bar with his left hand.

He then stood form to keep out an overhead kick from Raul Garcia and was alert in the second half, instinctively throwing an arm into the air to pat away a close range shot from Williams and later stretching to catch a shot from the forward.

Messi, who began last week's 1-1 draw at home to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on the bench, was Barca's most dangerous outlet despite his obvious fitness issues.

He came closest to scoring for the visitors, sending a loose ball on to the top of the crossbar after Bilbao keeper Iago Herrerin fumbled on the edge of the area.

Barca enjoyed more control in the second half after homegrown midfielder Carles Alena replaced an erratic Arturo Vidal but tired as the game progressed.

Bilbao looked far likelier to break the deadlock in the closing stages, but were repeatedly shut out by the intimidating presence of the impressive Ter Stegen.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Ken Ferris)

2018 English PL Fixtures & Results

CHoose a series

CHoose A Stage

CHoose A TEAM

2018/2019 Premier League
2018/2019 UEFA Champions League
2018/2019 UEFA Europa League
2018/2019 A-League
2018/2019 Ligue 1
2018/2019 Bundesliga
2018/2019 La Liga
2018/2019 Primeira Liga
2017/2018 Serie A
2018 World Cup
2018 English PL Standings

CHoose a series

  • Group
  • e
Pts P W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Liverpool LIV 88 35 27 7 1 79 20 +59 88
2 Manchester City MAC 86 34 28 2 4 87 22 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 70 35 23 1 11 65 35 +30 70
4 Chelsea CHE 67 35 20 7 8 59 38 +21 67
5 Arsenal ARS 66 34 20 6 8 68 43 +25 66
6 Manchester United MUN 64 34 19 7 8 63 48 +15 64
7 Watford WAT 50 35 14 8 13 50 50 0 50
8 Everton EVE 49 35 14 7 14 50 44 +6 49
9 Leicester City LEI 48 35 14 6 15 48 47 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 48 34 13 9 12 41 42 -1 48
11 West Ham United WES 43 35 12 7 16 44 54 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace CRY 42 35 12 6 17 43 48 -5 42
13 Newcastle United NEW 41 35 11 8 16 35 44 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth BOU 41 35 12 5 18 49 62 -13 41
15 Burnley BUR 40 35 11 7 17 44 62 -18 40
16 Southampton SOU 37 35 9 10 16 41 58 -17 37
17 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 34 35 9 7 19 32 54 -22 34
18 Cardiff City CAR 31 35 9 4 22 30 65 -35 31
19 Fulham FUL 23 35 6 5 24 33 76 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town HUD 14 35 3 5 27 20 69 -49 14
*e1 & e2 advances to R16, e3 possible R16
2018/2019 Premier League
2018/2019 UEFA Champions League
2018/2019 UEFA Europa League
2018/2019 A-League
2018/2019 Ligue 1
2018/2019 Bundesliga
2018/2019 La Liga
2018/2019 Primeira Liga
2017/2018 Serie A
2018 World Cup