So Barcelona clamber their way back to within four points of Atletico Madrid, two ahead of Real who now have a game in hand. That final game of the season between Barca and Atleti looks bigger and bigger by the week. Cheers for joining us. Be excellent to each other.

Full-time: Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

And that's the end, Barca win.

90 mins + 2: Fabregas tries to dink a pass through to Pedro, but he can't quite get there. Chance looks to have gone for Athletic now.

90 mins + 1: Oooh, Athletic go close. Mascherano makes a brilliant block as Rico belts a cut-back towards goal, saving his side there. Troubling holes in that defence though.

90 mins: Three minutes of added time to be played.

89 mins: And they're leaving plenty of holes at the back, and Tello breaks away on goal, two-on-one with Messi free, but he tries to beat the one defender and loses out. Big chance spurned there. Messi looks despondent.

88 mins: Athletic trying to build an attack and get an equaliser, but Barca are defending in an uncharacteristically solid fashion.

86 mins: Changes for both sides - Gaizka Torquero replaces Susaeta for Athletic, while Christian Tello comes on for Alexis.

85 mins: Mascherano does well to bring the ball through defence and midfield, advancing towards the area with men to his right and left, but he chooses to shoot, and it goes well over.

84 mins: Messi does brilliantly to chase down a long pass and beat Balenziaga to the ball, but as he cuts in from the right, Laporte does well to tackle him. Impressive defender, this kid.

83 mins: Susaeta gets down the right and chips the ball into the area, but it's not an especially good cross and it's headed out. Change for Athletic - Benat comes on for Iturraspe.

81 mins: Messi nearly gets on the end of a chipped pass over the top, but he can't quite get there.

79 mins: Martino and Xavi are having a very animated conversation on the bench. Lots of shouting from the coach. Meanwhile, Pedro gets a yellow card for going through the back of Muniain.

78 mins: More defensive tomfoolery allows Aduriz to get a shot away from the edge of the area, but it's too close to Pinto and it's saved.

77 mins: Blimey - Iraizoz nearly gets into a very unpleasant difficulty, slipping over with the ball at his feet just outside the area, but luckily for him Alves fouled him in trying to get the ball, and a free kick is given.

76 mins: Athletic try to get back into it straight away, but a Herrera corner is headed away at the near post.

GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Athletic (Messi 74)

Easy as all that. Messi belts the free kick low and hard, and Iraizoz only saw it when it was halfway past him. And suddenly those white hankies are back in Catalan pockets.

73 mins: Messi goes through but is tackled just outside the area by De Marcos, only for the referee to give a free kick and book the Athletic man. Looked like a fair challenge, and here's a chance just outside the box.

GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Athletic (Pedro 72)

And that's level. Alves with some tenacious work down the right cuts back for Alexis, whose shot is scuffed into the path of Pedro and he bundles it home. Not a classic of the Barca canon but a vital goal.

71 mins: Meaty challenge by Herrera on Iniesta. And by 'meaty challenge' I mean he kicked him in the back of the calf, and gets a booking.

70 mins: Sub for Barca - Xavi goes off and is replaced by Cesc Fabregas.

68 mins: Another chance goes begging for Barca, as Adriano runs onto a chipped cross from the right at the far post, but his volley thumps straight into a defender's chest.

67 mins: Iraizoz looks in some pain after sliding out to stop Alves, caught by a combination of the Brazilian and his own defender, Balenziaga. He ain't happy.

66 mins: Barca are heading for their 4th (fourth) defeat in a row here. Oi vey.

65 mins: Messi shovels a pass through looking for Adriano, but Iraizoz comes out nicely and claims it.

64 mins: Sub for Athletic - Mikel Rico comes on for Erik Moran.

62 mins: David McCulloch awards himself a 'I HELPED!' badge:

"I haven't been following this Barca/Bilbao MBM but just logged in and saw that you were after some e-mails.

"Here you go."

60 mins: Messi breaks through and is clear on goal, he lifts it over Iraizoz...and it goes wide. Huge sign that something isn't right when Messi misses a simple chance like that.

59 mins: "What happened to Madrid (the Real one ) this weekend?" asks Stoyan Zlatev. "Aren't they playing - If not did the Spanish football league gave them weekend off to prepare for Bayern Munich?"

I think they would have moved their fixture (supposed to be against Real Valladolid) to Friday, but because Real played in the Copa del Rey final in the week, that wasn't an option. And Valladolid weren't happy about it, either. Here's their captain Javier Baraja.

Clearly this affects us. This doesn’t benefit any of us. We’ll be going seventeen days without playing and our rivals will have played two games, before we return to action. This isn’t just about our position in the table, it also affects us mentally...

We just have to face this situation the best way we can, play against Celta with all our focus and at the very least, try to make the most of the rest we’ll have had.

58 mins: Pedro goes close for Barca. Xavi plays him in on the left side of the box, but his low shot is saved by the feet of Iraizoz.

56 mins: You get all the new and revolutionary points on Twitter...

54 mins: Athletic have the ball in the net again, but it's flagged offside. Mascherano made a frightful rick to let the ball through to Susaeta, but the flag went up, with doubts that the through ball actually came off an Athletic player. Hint of handball from Mascherano too. Unraveling at the Nou Camp.

53 mins: There isn't a massive amount on the Barca defence to get them back in this either. Only really Fabregas, Tello and a bunch of kids, and that's if you don't count Tello among the kids.

51 mins: Tata Martino looked like a defeated man after that goal. One suspects he is not long for his job.

GOAL! Barcelona 0-1 Athletic (Aduriz 50)

Well, well, well. Athletic take the lead through their in-form forward, and the white hankies are out. Bartra makes an error that Aduriz snaffles and advances towards the edge of the area, opens out his body and passes it into the corner with his right foot. Smashing finish.

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48 mins: Free kick to Barca in a dangerous position after Laporte takes Alves out, but Messi goes for the blast approach and blazes high and wide. He's no Stuart Pearce...

47 mins: An e-mail! Patrick Michael Hull asks:

"As a MBM operator, is it better to have nobody emailing at all or a horde of emails decrying your enthusiasm for the job? Whether Moyes or Martino goes first, I'd say it will be Moyes because it's hard to see someone else improving Barcelona much with a transfer ban in place."

The ones calling me rubbish are funny. They may well be right, but I retain just enough arrogance to dismiss them with laughter.

46 mins: We're off and running again, Athletic kicking the second half off.

Popoola Ore is back:

"This MBM is like a church sermon- conversation is one way. No e-mails. Are you just not in the mood or the mails have just been a little poor?"

Poor/non-existent. Come on everyone - step it up a little. Entertain me and Popoola over here.

Half-time: Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

And that's the break. Barca have dominated, but Athletic have largely had the better chances, and have hit the frame of the goal a couple of times.

44 mins: Song gets himself into a terrible muddle in the Barca box, going hither and thither when a decent boot clear would have sufficed. He only just gets away with it as the eventual clearance can't be controlled by an Athletic midfielder.

42 mins: Mascherano gets into the spirit of things by playing quite a spicy backpass to Pinto, but rather disappointingly the goalie deals with it quite well.

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41 mins: Ouch. Munain is down after catching most of Alexis in the side of his head. Not a deliberate foul, but a painful looking one nonetheless.

40 mins: Herrera crosses from the left, and Aduriz tumbles in the box having run into Mascherano, claiming a foul, but nothing doing there.

39 mins: Busy few minutes for Iraizoz - he saves another shot, this time from Pedro, which went through Alexis's legs on the way, and the Chilean winger can't quite snaffle the rebound.

38 mins: Alexis has another go, hitting a powerful low shot from the right of the box, but Iraizoz gets everything behind it and beats the ball away.

37 mins: Just not clicking for Barca here. They try another set of quick passes just outside the area, but a few were just a little askew and it broke up the flow of the move.

34 mins: Mascherano brings it out of defence and sprays a long ball out to the right flank, but Alexis leaves it for Alves and Alves leaves it for Alexis...so nobody gets it.

32 mins: Wait, scratch that - that's the closes we've come to a goal. Adriano dashes down the left, crosses low into the box and lays a goal on a plate for Alexis, but he hits the bar with a basically open goal in front of him.

30 mins: Athletic go incredibly close! Aduriz goes within inches of scoring one of the most perfect bicycle kicks you'll ever see, smashing it against the post from around 16 yards out. Susaeta then forces Pinto into a fantastic one-handed save from the rebound. Barca have dominated, but that is the closest either side has come to scoring.

29 mins: Messi almost breaks through the middle, but a perfect challenge from San Jose prevents him from getting any further.

27 mins: Apparently Marca, those great bastions of truth and accuracy, especially when it comes to Barca, are claiming that there are a mere 30,000 in the Nou Camp tonight. It's not exactly packed out, but it doesn't look only a third full, either.

25 mins: Here are the Bartra eyes I mentioned earlier. Good lord.

24 mins: All Barca at the moment. Another promising attack ends after Iniesta takes a heavy touch on the left side of the area.

23 mins: Oooh, Bartra might have got another booking there, nearly handling in the Athletic area after an Alexis knock-down. He just pulled his hand out of the way in time, though.

22 mins: Bartra gets a yellow card for a rather crude pull back on Muniain. He does have lovely eyes though, so that's something.

21 mins: Close again from Barca. Adriano cuts in from the left and shoots right-footed, which seems to beat Iraizoz, but Balenziaga is loafing around on the line for some reason, and manages to clear.

GOA...oh no it's been disallowed

19 mins: Messi has the ball in the net after stretching for a beautiful Iniesta cross at the far post, but the flag goes up and he's offside. And he was, too.

18 mins: Manchester United's Ander Herrera is lucky not to be booked after taking a massive great hack at Alexis on the Barca right.

17 mins: Song and Adriano try to create some room on the left corner of the box, but their neat passing can't make enough space and the move breaks down.

15 mins: Popoola Ore poses a question: "This might seem a little unfair to Martino (it's not his fault Barcelona have decided to never buy defenders), but who do you think will get sacked first- Martino or Moyes?"

14 mins: Messi seems to have woken up now. He latches onto a through ball and scuffs his shot a little, Iraizoz making the save.

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13 mins: Messi plays a quite brilliant inch-perfect pass through to Pedro, but his shot is weak as watery squash, and Iraizoz makes an easy save.

11 mins: Pinto, of course taking time out from being the bass player in Metallica, once again offers some evidence that he might be the most entertaining sportsman in the world by making something of a muff of a fairly simple kick out. Luckily for him, nowt comes of it.

10 mins: Arduriz makes tracks down the right side of the box and shoots, but Pinto manages to keep it out - not in a hugely convincing manner, it must be said - at the near post.

9 mins: Iniesta dinks one over the top looking for Messi, but it's just too long, Messi's legs not quite long enough to control it. If only he'd drunk an extra pint of those growth hormones as a lad.

7 mins: Oooof. Iturraspe goes into the book for one of the most cyncial fouls you'll see, wiping out Pedro as he tried to barrel his way forwards from inside his own half.

6 mins: Xavi looks for the run of Dani Alves down the right, but the pass is far too strong and goes out for a throw.

4 mins: Pedro chases a ball down the left, but is bundled over by De Marcos, for which rather bafflingly no free kick is given. Odd one.

2 mins: Pinto gets things going in the traditional manner, by controlling a backpass in the manner of an 11-year-old trying to drive a pick-up truck.

1 mins: And they're off. Let's go. Let's get this football starte...oh, they have. Cool.

The teams are on the pitch, going through that weird cardboard looking arch thing that's outside the tunnel. The Nou Camp is, it must be said, not exactly chocca.

While we wait...

...for kick off, here's a picture of Pele.

Musical interlude

Want to see a spot of fighting? Here's a bench-clearing brawl over in baseball, between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers. No idea what started it, and frankly it's not important. It's just funny.

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Team news

Barcelona

Pinto; Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano; Song, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Alexis. Subs: Oier, Montoya, Sergi Gómez, Fàbregas, Sergi Roberto, Afellay, Tello.

Athletic Bilbao

Iraizoz; De Marcos, San José, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Erik Moran, Herrera; Susaeta, Aduriz, Muniain. Subs: Iago Herrerin, Toquero, Rico, Beñat, Iraola, Etxeita, Albizua.

Tata Martino seems to have had a haircut recently. Not that this should, or indeed does really matter to anything much, but he was on the verge of what hairdressing scientists refer to as 'the Gerry Francis' - the business at the front and business casual at the back look, which isn't one that many hip and swinging barbers across the land will be asked for.

Still, he could do with some sort of change, because this hasn't been a vintage season for Barcelona, to say the least, with all that financial jiggery pokery and boardroom snafus disguising a decidedly average campaign on the pitch, by their standards anyway, with quite a few of the old collection of geniuses that have made them the team of this generation looking a little tired, and their replacements aren't...well, they aren't geniuses, which as strikes against footballers go isn't really the biggest. But still.

Atletico Madrid already have their three points in the pouch after their 2-0 win over Elche on Friday night, and Real aren't playing ahead of their Champions League grapple with Bayern Munich in the week, so all eyes on Barca as they face Athletic Bilbao, who are one place (but 16 points) behind in the table.

Athletic haven't been in the tippest of toppest form of late, dropping points in four of the last seven games, but they are obviously looking to snatch their own Champions League spot, but and as nearest challengers Sevilla are about to beat Granada, they need the points themselves.

Barca lost to Granada last time out, which one could argued exposed their fragility rather. On the other hand, the last time they lost a game they followed it up with a 7-0 victory. So...there's that.

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Nick will be here from around 7pm.