Barcelona still remain the strongest team as they defeat Athletic Bilbao 1-0

Barcelona continue perfect start with 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona continued their perfect start to the 2016-17 season with a 1-0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

A goal from Ivan Rakitic proved the difference in a tense affair at San Mames — the Croatian expertly heading home a right-footed Arda Turn cross from the left of the box in the 21st minute.

The result gives the defending La Liga champions two wins from two games heading into the international break for World Cup qualifiers.

Nabil El Zhar scored twice as Las Palmas made it back-to-back victories with a 5-1 thrashing of Granada.

The French winger buried the ball in the bottom left corner to open the scoring at Estadio Gran Canaria, but the hosts levelled on the stroke of half-time through Jeremie Boga.

Kevin-Prince Boateng restored the hosts’ lead with a goal on his home debut before El Zhar and substitutes Momo and Sergio Araujo sealed the win.