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Posted at: Feb 12, 2019, 8:56 AM; last updated: Feb 12, 2019, 8:56 AM (IST)

Bilbao hold Barca

Bilbao hold Barca
Barcelona’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen makes a save against Bilbao. AFP

Bilbao, February 11

La Liga leaders Barcelona handed Real Madrid more hope in the title race as they drew 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao, 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. With Lionel Messi hampered by a recent thigh problem and left back Jordi Alba suspended, Barca were far from their usual best. 

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. — Reuters

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