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Messi returns but Barca hopes fade

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Barcelona´s Primera Liga title hopes were severely dented as the Catalans were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Bojan Krkic put Barca ahead 10 minutes before half-time, but Fernando Llorente shocked the visitors with a late leveller which sees Frank Rijkaard´s side lose even more ground on leaders Real Madrid.

Rijkaard restored Lionel Messi to the line-up for his first start since picking up an injury in mid-December, but the Argentina forward saw little of the ball early on as Athletic began with their usual intensity.

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