Apr 20, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Athletic Bilbao
Pedro (72'), Messi (75')
Bartra (21'), Pedro (79')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Aduriz (50')
Iturraspe (7'), Herrera (72'), de Marcos (73')

Half-Time Report: Athletic Bilbao holding Barcelona at break

Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino on the touchline during the Champions League group match against Celtic on October 1, 2013
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Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao go into half time still goalless despite both teams hitting the woodwork in the opening 45 minutes.

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have gone into the halfway stage of their La Liga encounter still goalless despite an action-packed opening 45 minutes at the Camp Nou.

The hosts almost broke the deadlock with two chances in quick succession in the 14th minute as Lionel Messi first set up Pedro to test Gorka Iraizoz before seeing a shot of his own denied by the Spanish keeper moments later.

Barcelona did find a way past Iraizoz midway through the half when Adriano's shot looked destined for the bottom corner, but Mikel Balenziaga was well-placed to clear it off the line.

They continued to push for the opening goal and almost got it four minutes later when Alexis Sanchez rose highest inside the box to nod a corner on, but Marc Bartra just couldn't reach the ball to convert.

Bilbao came within inches of taking the lead against the run of play shortly after the half-hour mark when Aritz Aduriz unleashed a spectacular bicycle kick that came back off the inside of the post.

Barca also hit the woodwork shortly afterwards as Pedro's drilled ball towards the back post was met by Sanchez, who somehow directed his shot onto the bar rather than over the line.

Iraizoz was again on hand to keep the scores level five minutes before the break, saving from Sanchez before also getting down well to deny Pedro moments later.

Neither side could find the opening goal before the break as the two teams went into the interval all square.

Barcelona's forward Pedro Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs CF Granada at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 23, 2013
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