Chronicle of Athletic Bilbao-FC Barcelona (3-2)


Barça cannot handle a combative Athletic and is left out of the Cup (4-2)

Published:25/01/2024 - 00:08h

Updated:25/01/2024 - 12:43h

FC Barcelona could not beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Barça did not feel comfortable throughout the match and, in extra time, a goal from Iñaki Williams defeated the resistance of an exhausted Barça team

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The FC Barcelona sacked of the Glass of the King 2023/24 with a painful defeat in front of the Athletic of Bilbao (4-2). Xavi Hernández repeated the eleven of the duel in front of the Betis, with exception of a Christensen that returned to occupy the place of Pau Cubarsí. With Koundé again in the right side, the culés went back to put in early disadvantage, but reacted before the rest. After a second splits couple, the party had to define in the lengthen, with better fortune for the Basques.

The party could not begin worse for the Barça. A bad delivery backwards of Lamine Yamal allowed to Nico Williams recover the balloon and, after a series of refuse in the area, Guruzeta found with a balloon in the small area to advance to the venues to the minute of game. The Basque forward brushed the 2-0 in the following action, but his finish left diverted. In five minutes, the Athletic was an alluvium in Saint Mamés.

However, the frantic rhythm of the Basques mermó happened the first chamber of hour. Frenkie Of Jong and Gündogan began to circulate the balloon and, in the 13', the culés arrived for the first time to the contrary area with a centre of the German refused by the local saga. In the 15', Christensen was admonished by an entrance on Guruzeta, an action in which Xavi Hernández also saw the yellow for protesting.

For I satisfy, Alejandro Balde felt a prick in the back of the right thigh on the minute 20 and, after some instants tended on the lawn, did not have more remedy that leave renqueante to the bench. Héctor Fort ingresó in his place and, in spite of his youth, saw sure in touch them and in the mark, covering a left band where the culés gave too many spaces by the rises of Álex.

The Barça woke up to base of hit

When the Athletic seemed more comfortable with the dense formality of the party arrived the reaction of the Barça. In the 27', a dribbling of Ferran Torres derived in a pass for Pedri. The '8' culé could not control but, when trying clear in the area girl, Yuri Berchiche hit the leather in the booty of Robert Lewandowski that found gold when going to presionar in a played apparently unimportant.

The so much of the Pole left touched to the Basques and, a pair of minutes later, Lamine Yamal took advantage of the embarrassment in the saga bilbaína to convert a golazo. The juvenile threw of dribbling and speed in front of Yuri, finding space to his left. Without thinking it twice, the canterano took out a zurdazo rasante, imparable for Agirrezabala that silenció to Saint Mamés before the half hour of party.

Immediate answer of the Athletic after the rest

The final stretch of the first part had occasions in both arches, but the marker kept intact until the rest. A hand of Iñaki Crag to a finish almost point-blank of Nico Williams was the clearest of the venues, while the Barça hardly upset before the halftime with a good finish of Ferran that demanded to Agirrezabala, although the played was invalidated by a non-existent offside.

Ernesto Valverde moved the bench with the entry of Unai Gómez by Mikel Vesga looking for recover the control of the centre of the field. In the first action of danger of the complement, a perfect centre of Nico Williams to the heart of the area found the head of Oihan Sancet to equalise the party in the 49'. The one of Pamplona appeared between Christensen and Of Jong, finishing to pleasure in front of Iñaki Crag.

The Bilbao did with the total control of the party after the 2-2, with the Barça very disordered backwards. Valverde Put to Iñaki Williams by Adu Plough in the 60' and the Athletic followed upsetting at the end Barcelona. Nevertheless, they went the culés those that had the clearest in this stretch, thanks to a pass to the space of Lewandowski that left to Lamine hand manually with Agirrezabala. The canterano defined diverted in the one against one, disturbed by Dani Vivian.

Lamine Did not know to take advantage of his second hand manually

In spite of having to Araújo touched after an entrance of Iñaki Williams, Xavi preferred to put to Pau Cubarsí by Christensen in the 73'. Nico Williams brushed the 3-2 partial with a finish that it happened very near of the crossbar and, minutes afterwards, the one who went out was Lewandowski by Joao Félix, a surprising movement by part of the egarense looking for more depth in attack.

In the 85', Lamine wasted his second hand manually of the complement. A bad control of Yuri allowed him to the extreme culé recover and encarar in speed. Yamal evaded to Agirrezabala, but defined badly of right, sending the balloon to the grandstand with the totally empty arch. It could not outline well the canterano, remaining recostado to his less skillful leg.

Iñaki Williams was the hero in the lengthen

The extention began with two variants by part of the Athletic. Óscar of Marcos and Ander Herrra by Lekue and Meadows, respectively. The Barça, instead, followed with the same eleven. Nico Williams demanded to Iñaki Crag with a finish by low that the goalkeeper culé sent to the corner. The Bilbao lucía more whole physically, but lacked ideas in contrary field. Sergi Roberto ingresó by Pedri in the 99' and, in the addition of the first extention, Iñaki Williams gave him back the advantage to the venues.

After a loss of Roberto in front of Villalibre, the balloon derived in the international ghanés. The experienced attacker defined crossed by low, direct to the stick, but the rebound favoured him to put the 3-2 in the marker. Xavi put to Marc Guiu to the beginning of the second extention by Lamine Yamal, but there was not reaction culé and the Barça sacked of the Glass without alleviations, 4-2 at the end thanks to another so much of the lower of Williams.

Technical index card of the party: Athletic of Bilbao 4-2 FC Barcelona

  • Athletic Of Bilbao: Agirrezabala; Lekue (min. 90, Of Marcos), Vivian, Walls, Yuri; Meadows (min. 90, Herrera), Vesga (min.46, Gómez); Adu Ares (min. 60, Iñaki Williams), Sancet, Nico Williams and Guruzeta (min. 73, Villalibre).
  • FC Barcelona: Iñaki Crag; Koundé, Araújo, Christensen (min. 70, Pau Cubarsí), Balde (min.23, Héctor Fort); Of Jong, Gündogan, Pedri (min. 99, Sergi Roberto); Lamine (min.105, Marc Guiu), Ferran and Lewandowski (min. 77, Joao Félix).
  • Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
  • Incidences: corresponding Party to the quarter-finals of the Glass of the King 2023/2024
  • Goals of the party: 1-0, Guruzeta (min. 1); 1-1, Lewandowski (min. 27); 1-2, Lamine Yamal (min.29); 2-2, Oihan Sancet (min. 49); 3-2, Iñaki Williams (min.105+2); 4-2, Iñaki Williams (min. 120+2).

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