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After Real Madrid’s agonizing classification to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, looking for the same instance Athletic Bilbao struck in San Mamés and took Barcelona out of the tournament, who managed to get into extra time in injury time but that was not an impulse to turn the game around. The Basques defeated the Catalans 3-2, with two goals from Iker Muniain, and accentuated the difficult moment that the team led by Xavi Hernandez is going through. Two years ago the same thing happened.: In the same stadium, the Basques had beaten the Catalans 1-0 (then with Messi on the field) and had eliminated them from the same tournament, the most traditional of Spanish football. Last year, moreover, Athletic had beaten Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup. A real cuckoo.

The 1-0 of Athletic Bilbao (Muniain)

Athletic went ahead with a goal from Muniain after two minutes, Ferran Torres equalized at 20, Iñigo Martínez made it 2-1 for the Basques with four to go and in the third minute of added time Pedri made it 2-2 that led the game to extra time, where Muniain scored a penalty to make it 3-2, leaving the defending champion out of the contest. A) Yes, Athletic took revenge for the last Copa del Rey final, which the azulgranas won.

Barcelona 1-1 (Ferran Torres)

The Basque team started the match with intensity and took the lead when Muniain, almost without an angle, sent the ball over Marc-André Ter Stegen. The blaugranes suffered when the ball came out with Athletic’s forward pressure, even trying to generate dangerous actions with quick starts and long passes to plant themselves in the Basque area, where Torres appeared. The ex-City player took advantage of a pass from Busquets in the area to release a shot that slipped past Julen Agirrezalaba. That had brought some calm to Barcelona.

The 2-1 of Athletic Bilbao (Martinez)

Barça improved in the second half, gaining control of the ball against an Athletic team that withdrew further hoping to come out on the counter. And when the Catalans were at their best, Iñaki Williams came close to giving him the victory in a very good action and a minute later Inigo Martinez did not spare the visiting defense. With victory one step away for Athletic, in the last minute of discount Pedri he connected a frontal shot after a bicycle kick by Dani Alves to equalize and take the game to extra time.

The 2-2 of Barcelona (Pedri)

In the extension time, Jordi Alba cut with his hand a cross from Nico Williams, which the referee sanctioned with a penalty. Immediately, Muniain crossed the ball to the opposite side to which Ter Stegen threw himself and Bilbao began the countdown to the celebrations. And that also led to a new disappointment for Barcelona, ​​​​which was in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup this weekend, is far from La Liga and, eliminated from the Champions League, looks to the Europa League as the “salvation” for the first season post Messi for oblivion.

The 3-2 of Athletic de Bilbao (Muniain, penalty)

for worse, Ansu Fati retired injured after being only 34 minutes in the field, after replacing Jutglá. In the middle of a race to try to put pressure on, the young striker felt a puncture and had to be replaced by Sergiño Dest. He was on his way to the locker room, with tears in his eyes and covering his face with his shirt.

Athletic Bilbao defended the victory against Barcelona with soul and life, like Iñigo Martínez against Dani Alves in a repeated action of the match for the Copa del Rey
Athletic Bilbao defended the victory against Barcelona with soul and life, like Iñigo Martínez against Dani Alves in a repeated action of the match for the Copa del ReyCESAR MANSO – AFP

At age 19, Barça’s new 10 had already suffered a serious right knee injury in November 2020, and after a year of convalescence, he suffered a new injury to his thigh in November, to later go through Covid-19 earlier this year. Ansu Fati had returned to play in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, where he played 55 minutes and scored a goal against Real Madrid, despite the elimination of the team, and was playing his second game.

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