The result snapped Barca’s streak of having won their opening league fixture for 10 straight seasons.
To make matters worse, Luis Suarez suffered a muscular injury to his right leg in the first half and was subbed off in the 37th minute. Barca were without Lionel Messi due to a calf injury, but Antoine Griezmann made his competitive debut for the club after moving from Atletico Madrid for $135 million this summer.
Aritz Aduriz may play until he’s 50. The 36-year-old Spaniard added his 11th and 12th goals of the season on Tuesday, giving him goals in three-straight matches. Bilbao goes sixth with the win thanks to Real Sociedad’s loss.
Real Betis 0-1 Villarreal
Villarreal also took advantage of Sociedad’s loss, getting a first goal of the season from Adrian to move fifth
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Sociedad
Atleti is flying ahead of the weekend’s Madrid Derby, now winners of five-straight after this goal from Filipe Luis to Fernando Torres and back to Luis.
Barcelona vs. Sevilla — 1:30 p.m. EDT
Alaves vs. Osasuna — 2:30 p.m. EDT
Deportivo de la Coruna vs. Granada — 2:30 p.m. EDT
Sporting de Gijon vs. Malaga – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Leganes vs. Real Madrid — 3:30 p.m. EDT
The referee was the focal point as Barcelona fell to Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey matchup.
Goals from Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams downed the Catalans, while a free-kick from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona life heading into the second leg.
There were a number of key refereeing decisions that led to the result. The most scrutinized was a pretty awful no-call in the first half after a challenge by Xabier Etxeita that left Neymar in a heap in the penalty area, but instead the referee shook his head.
Later, the referee was back in the spotlight after he sent off both Raul Gardia and Ander Iturraspe of Athletic in the second half for questionable second yellow cards. Despite the two-man advantage, Barcelona was never able to level things up. There was also a heated exchange between Aduriz and Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti which saw them both receive yellow cards.
Despite all this, Barcelona only had itself to blame. The second Athletic goal, from Inaki Williams in the 27th minute, came from absolutely nothing, when Jordi Alba gave the ball away and the hosts pounced swiftly, as Aduriz delivered a back-heel to Williams who hammered the ball with blistering pace into the back of the net.
The two will play the second leg at the Camp Nou on January 11th.
Thirty-five year old Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored his second international goal in three caps to quickly answer Lorenzo Insigne’s first Italian goal since 2013, as these two powers drew a high-profile friendly at Stadio Friuli, home of Udinese. Spain had the better of possession, but Italy put 7 of 11 shots on target.
1 – Aritz Aduriz has scored one goal in his second appearance for Spain, as many as Diego Costa in his 10 games. Instinct.
Ikechi Anya scored on a counter attack in the first half, and that was all Scotland needed to land a win in Prague. The Czechs out shot Scotland 20-11 (6-2 on target), but Hull City’s Allan McGregor was unbeatable in the win.
9 – Scotland have scored in nine of their last 10 away internationals, the exception being their 1-0 loss in Georgia in September. Potent.
Church scores his late penalty (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Watford’s Craig Cathcart netted in the 60th minute for the visitors before Simon Church was adjudged to have been taken down in the box by West Brom’s Gareth McAuley and Wales found an equalizer. No Gareth Bale in this one; The Welsh star is being rested.
Elsewhere Denmark 2-1 Iceland
Turkey 2-1 Sweden Ukraine 1-0 Cyprus
Estonia 0-0 Norway
Malta 0-0 Moldova
Greece 2-1 Montenegro
Singapore 2-1 Myanmar
Solomon Islands 2-0 Papua New Guinea