Rakitic heads the ball to goal. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Ivan Rakitic's first-half header maintained Barcelona's 100 percent start to the La Liga season as the champions withstood a wave of late pressure to win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao Sunday. Rakitic finished off an excellent team move after 20 minutes, but with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez uncharacteristically wayward in front of goal, Athletic nearly grabbed a point when Benat Etxebarria's free-kick flew just wide late on.The return of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal in place of Claudio Bravo to Manchester City was Barca coach Luis Enrique's only change from the 6-2 thrashing of Real Betis.Alaves remain unbeaten after a 0-0 draw with Sporting Gijon.
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