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  • Updated: February 28, 2022

La Liga: Dembele, Aubameyang On Target As Barca Thrash Athletic Bilbao

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Contract rebel Ousmane Dembele became the hero by providing two assists and one goal to help Barcelona thrash Athletic Bilbao 4-0 at Camp Nou and move back into the top four with a game at hand.

Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for the third game in a row and opened the scoring for a rejuvenated Barcelona in the 37th minute netting a rebound from a Gerard Pique header off the bar.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The second goal came in the 73rd with a fantastic finish by substitute Ousmane Dembele, who made peace with the Barca fans and received a standing ovation after almost leaving the club in January due to his reluctance to renew his contract.

The French forward received a long pass from Frenkie de Jong just outside the box, cleared a defender and fired a bullet of a shot that flew past the goalkeeper into the top left corner of the net.

Dembele provided assists for the third and fourth goals, in stoppage time. First, he crossed perfectly to Luuk De Jong, who scored with a header, then, in the final play of the game, to Memphis Depay, who stroked in a volley from close range.

Depay who is currently the club's top scorer and getting on the scoresheet after returning from injury might be what he needs to get back to his very best.

Xavi Hernandez's team climbed to fourth place in the standings with 45 points, 15 behind leaders Real Madrid.

"We are enjoying winning, Xavi gave us a new energy and he is giving great advice to the youngsters," 19-year-old midfielder Pedri told reporters.

"The new signings like Aubameyang, Adama Traore and Ferran Torres have given us a boost, the club hit a home run with them. We are enjoying ourselves right now."

With Athletic facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday, Marcelino Garcia rested several players on Sunday.

Barca took advantage of the situation by running their opponents ragged as they extended their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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La Liga Santander 2021/2022 TABLE

La Liga Santander
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 38 86
2 Barcelona 38 73
3 Atletico Madrid 38 71
4 Sevilla 38 70
5 Real Betis 38 65
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane
Dembele
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    178cm

  • WEIGHT

    67kg

  • AGE

    25

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang
GA Gabon
  • HEIGHT

    400

  • WEIGHT

    80kg

  • AGE

    33

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Barcelona
Barcelona

Futbol Club Barcelona commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça is a Spanish professional football club base...

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Club, also commonly known as Athletic Bilbao, is a Spanish professional football club based in the city of Bilbao in the Ba...

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