Athletic delivers new trauma to Barcelona and marbles Catalans from Copa del Rey

Athletic Bilbao has nicked FC Barcelona after a grueling duel from the Copa del Rey. The Basques are known as fear ginger of Barça and proved that Thursday evening in a rainy Bilbao.
Both Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona joined San Mamés with a number of other names. Frenkie de Jong was sitting on the couch with the latter, while the injured Memphis Depay and suspended Luuk de Jong were not at all in the selection. At the home team, basic customers Unai Simon, Iñaki Williams and Alex Berenguer did not kick off.
For Barcelona, the game with fear gun Athletic started catastrophically: Captain Iker Muniain was already curling 1-0 into the Barça goal after two minutes, after a pass by Nico Williams ended up with him. However, Barcelonas answer was not long in coming: Ferran Torres, like Muniain, was curling up in a very nice way, making it the same again. It was also his first hit in Catalan service.

! What a beauty! 🎯✨ Ferran Torres brilliantly shines in the equalizer for Barcelona: 1-1 👏 #ZiggoSport #CopaDelRey #AthleticBarca pic.twitter.com/LAAnlcJbmA
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After 1-1, Barcelona had a lot of the ball and Xavis team was dominant. Nevertheless, Athletic came to more opportunities than the Catalans. Especially from standard situations, the Basques became dangerous. After an hour of play, Frenkie de Jong was allowed to fill in, but he couldnt change the game image. Five minutes before, Athletic even handed out the final blow to Barcelona. Iñigo Martínez crumpled the ball into the Barcelona goal with some luck. The VAR did look at the hit, which was finally approved.

! 😱 Just before time, Athletic Club gets a 2-1 lead! 👀 Will this be the end station of Barça in the Copa del Rey? 🚂 #ZiggoSport #CopaDelRey #AthleticBarca pic.twitter.com/hTHVWOogTm
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In the final phase, Barcelona tried to use a closing offensive in a clocking San Mamés. This resulted in a goal in injury time from Pedri, which caused a lot of emotions on both sides. An extension was necessary due to the equalizer.

WE ARE GOING TO RENEW! 😱 Pedri in the absolute closing phase just makes it 2-2 of 👏👏 #ZiggoSport #CopaDelRey #AthleticBarca pic.twitter.com/sJ9lK8eeaX
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In the extension, both teams took some gas back. In the 103rd minute, however, Athletic Bilbao received a penalty after a handball by Jordi Alba. Captain Muniain got behind the ball and scored: 3-2, so Barcelona had to chase again. In the second half of the extension, Ferran expected to bring Jutglà Barça to the same level again, but nothing proved to be true: the hit was rejected for offside. As a result, 3-2 became the first stand and Athletic Bilbao is through in the Copa del Rey. Barça is out of the cup tournament.

! 👀 Jordi Alba makes hands and Iker Muniain strikes from the dot: 3-2! 🎯 What. One. Match 😱 #ZiggoSport #CopaDelRey pic.twitter.com/4n36qcdp7h
— Ziggo Sport Football (@ZS_Voetbal) January 20, 2022