Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi and Paulinho seal win

Luis Suarez attempts a shot in the win over Athletic

Luis Suarez attempts a shot in the win over Athletic

Barcelona continued their unbeaten start to the Spanish LaLiga following their 2-0 away win against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Lionel Messi (36) opened the scoring by starting and finishing a sweeping move, but Bilbao were the better side in the second period before Paulinho wrapped up the victory in the second minute of stoppage time. Ernesto Valverde said after the game that he had, "no news of possible injury niggles", and that seemed to be the case for his star player.

The league leaders in Spain now sit four points clear of second-placed Valencia in the table and are eight ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid, who now cannot afford any mistakes when they visit Girona on Sunday.

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