Champions, Barcelona maintained their 100% start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Atletic Bilbao at the San Mames. Croatian midfielder, Ivan Rakitic got the solitary goal in the 21st minute, powering home Arda Turan’s cross from the left.
The result should have been more emphatic for Barcelona, but Luis Enrique’s wasted numerous chances, with star men Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez among the guilty parties.
Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen almost paid for a terrible pass, and Athletic’s Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams went close for Bilbao.
Luis Enrique’s side join rivals Real Madrid and early leaders Las Palmas on six points after two games of the new season.
Atletico Madrid’s stuttering start to the campaign continued with a goalless draw against newly-promoted Leganes, while Villarreal and Sevilla also played our a scoreless draw at El Madrigal.