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Athletic Club 2–1 Barcelona: Messi’s goal gives hope to the Blaugrana

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Athletic Club 2–1 Barcelona: Messi’s goal gives hope to the Blaugrana

FC Barcelona trav­eled to Bil­bao for the 1/8 final of the Copa del Rey game again­st Ath­let­ic Club Bil­bao but will not go back home sat­is­fied as they lost to a very tough opponent in the com­pe­ti­tion. Luis Enrique had deployed his best play­ers for an oppo­nent like this but will return home with a 2–1 loss after con­ced­ing two goals in the first 27 min­utes of the game while Mes­si was only able to pull one back with a free kick.

The first goal for ‘The Lions’ came when Ini­es­ta want­ed to give a through ball to Suarez but it was inter­cept­ed by Itur­raspe and imme­di­ate­ly passed to Adur­iz. He imme­di­ate­ly ini­ti­at­ed a coun­ter attack when he passed to Gra­cia who went with the ball to the far right and crossed to the free Adur­iz who head­ed the ball into the net.

It was as if the Blaugrana’s defend­ers were still cry over the first goal when the sec­ond came three min­utes after the first goal. Ath­let­ic won the ball after a throw­ing. With a back heel from Adriz to Inaki and a shot of the ball into the net made ‘The Lions’ two goals ahead of Bar­ca in the first half.

The only goal from Barcelona came as a result of free kick tak­en by Lione Mes­si. Although, Ath­let­ic goal­keep­er protest­ed after the ref­er­ee had count­ed it as a goal but the offi­cial had made his deci­sion. It’s clear­ly a goal.

The return leg will be on Wednes­day 11, that’s where the Cata­lan club are look­ing to turn things around as they hope to qual­i­fy into the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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