Football: Barcelona grind out Bilbao win to put pressure back on Madrid

Rakitic (facing) celebrates with team mates after scoring. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona limped to a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday (June 23) that sends them back to the top of La Liga, for 24 hours at least, three points ahead of Real Madrid.

Only a goal from substitute Ivan Rakitic in the 71st minute prevented Barca from another stalemate after a draw at Sevilla on Friday had allowed Real to go top on head-to-head.

Madrid will return to the summit if they beat struggling Real Mallorca on Wednesday but Barcelona's victory at least puts the pressure back on Zinedine Zidane's side, whose upward momentum is yet to be reflected by the table.

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