European roundup: Raphinha puts Barcelona nine clear at top | European club football

Raphinha scored the only goal as La Liga leaders Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés to restore their nine-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid.

The Brazil international struck in first-half stoppage time, with the effort being given after a VAR check after the flag had initially gone up for offside.

Barça then benefited from the technology again in the 89th minute, Iñaki Williams thinking he had equalised but VAR spotting a handball in the build-up, as Xavi’s men saw out the 1-0 win.

Fourth-placed Real Sociedad were held 1-1 at Mallorca, seeing Carlos Fernández’s…


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