Lionel Messi nets twice as Barcelona beat 3-2 Athletic Bilbao move to third in La Liga table.

Inaki Williams made an instant impression on Athletic’s new boss Marcelino who is in charge for the first time by scoring inside three minutes for the home team at San Memes on Wednesday night.

However, Barcelona teenager Pedri equalised with a header soon after Frenkie de Jong stretching out to volley the ball back into the middle for him to nod into an unguarded net. 

A powerful first-time shot from Messi made it 3-1 and Barcelona held on for the victory, despite a late 20-yard strike from Athletic’s Iker Muniain.

The win takes Ronald Koeman’s side above Real Sociedad and Villarreal; they are five points behind second-placed Real Madrid and seven adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid, who have two games in hand.

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